92: A Conversation with Kate Lester
Episode 929th June 2023 • Hot Young Designers Club | Interior Design Business Podcast • Hot Young Designers Club
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How should you respond to clients when you really don’t want to do the project? How do you set boundaries in your business and train others how to respect them? Should you stop charging a flat rate and start charging by the hour? 

In this episode, Rebecca and Shaun speak with Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors, to discuss:

  • Why Kate quit her six figure job in corporate America to become an interior designer
  • Working in a home office before you start paying for an office outside the home
  • All the things design school failed to teach her 
  • How to teach people to respect your boundaries
  • Charging an hourly rate - it is the only way to go
  • Why you need to run a profit and loss statement at the end of every project
  • How Kate was able to buy and store vintage pieces 
  • Leaning into your style and who you are
  • A story of how staying true to one’s process leads to better business in the long run


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