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Each week, I interview successful interior designers about their business. Now this isn’t the same old podcast you normally hear. I interview my guests (and I have some BIG names on the schedule) about a specific aspect of their design business that they have an expertise in. So in one episode you may learn how to manage your client database, or how to market to a customer that hasn’t used your services in years, and in another episode you will learn how to create a course of video content in order to create some passive income.

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Meet LuAnn Nigara

luann-headshotLuAnn Nigara is an award-winning window treatment authority, author, host of one of the most popular podcasts for the design industry, and overall business dynamo.

Based in Livingston, New Jersey, LuAnn got her start in 1982 when she, her husband and cousin purchased a franchise of the Florida-based window treatment company, Window Works. With LuAnn at the helm of sales, they quickly expanded from New Jersey to serving the entire metro area from Philadelphia to Connecticut, and became the leading showroom in gross sales of the more than 120 stores Window Works stores around the country.

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236: Shea McGee of Studio McGee Joins Me Today!!!!

LuAnn is extremely happy to let you know that she has Shea McGee, of Studio McGee, in the house today! It’s been a long time coming, as she’s a very busy lady, but she’s here today, and you are not going to be disappointed, so listen in to find out about the journey that Shea’s been on and the challenges she’s faced.

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234: Kimberley Kay Interiors: A New Designer & Her 1st 5 Months in Business

What is your vision for your design business? How do you manage to balance work and life? Are you managing it, or has the business taken over your life? When you’re in the middle of the day-to-day of running a business, it can be easy to forget why you started in the first place. Whether it is creative freedom, income to support your family, or a dream that has finally taken flight, it is so important to keep the values you hold dear close at hand.

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233: Design Biz Live – Do this Self-Assessment of Your Skills

We are back together for another installment of Design Biz Live, in spite of all the obstacles and scheduling conflicts we’ve had to overcome to make it happen! I’m back with my trusted experts, Judith Neary of Roadside Attraction Design Studio, and Corey Klassen of Corey Klassen Interiors.

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232: Power Talk Friday – John Ruhlin: The Art & Science of Creating Powerful Relationships

Today we are in for an incredible treat. John Rhulin is the founder of the Ruhlin Group, a powerhouse company that helps high-end firms reach their audience, maintain customers, and gain referrals through Gift-Giving.John has roots as a salesman, but by seeking opportunity, reaching for excellence, and learning the huge value of gratitude, John has created a Group with high-end clients such as the Chicago Cubs and Electrolux. 

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230: Maria Viola-Kutruff – Should You be an Adjunct Professor at an University?

My guest today is Maria V. Kutruff, principal of Viola Interior Design, which is located in the Philadelphia area. Over the last 14 years, Maria’s work has ranged from designing custom furniture to designing office spaces to the renovation of entire residences. She is active in the American Society of Interior Designers, having served on its board and received several awards.

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229: Power Talk Friday: Jody Padar – How To Hire & Talk With a CPA

LuAnn is very happy to introduce you to Jody Padar, her guest for today’s episode of Power Talk Friday. Jody is a CPA who also has a podcast called ‘Let’s Get Radical’, so she goes by the name ‘The Radical CPA’. Her real and regular day job is that she is the CEO and the Principal of New Vision CPA Group, a Public Accounting firm based in the Chicago area.

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228: Kamila Gornia – Facebook Coaching Sessions – FB Ads Demystified

Today we have Kamila Gornia, a Digital Marketing Strategist, on the show and she’s here to help demystify Facebook Ads for us. LuAnn is particularly interested in this topic, because she herself, doesn’t have a very good grasp on it.This means that she’s tended to put the brakes on with the use of social media in her business, not really knowing if it would be effective enough to be worth spending money on.

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Read what our listeners have to say about the podcast…

I am so inspired
by Marylou Sobel
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Hi, this is a message for Luann, I am an interior designer from Sydney Australia, and I listen to most of your podcasts and absolutely love them. I am so inspired by them. I have honestly learnt so much. I need a day dedicated to listening to your podcasts…time! Thank you so much. I would love to contact you directly as i have some questions to ask? What is your email address, or the best address to contact you on?

We have obviously never met and yet I feel although I know you, a little bit, that is and you have the most infectious laugh…:))

Kind Regards,
Marylou Sobel
www.marylousobel.com.au

A fresh new perspective!
by CherylJanisFengShui
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I’m a healthcare interior designer in the SF Ray Area and love, love, love this show! LuAnn Nigara interviews experts on how to grow your interior design business and her enthusiasm on the subject is contagious. Her guests open themselves to a direct view into their business world of design and offer a vulnerable and authentic perspective on the complex subject of being an interior designer, with practical tips. A 5 star review for a 5 star show.
Incredibly useful, actionable advice
by Hdub777
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As an interior designer I find this podcast invaluable and highly recommend to anyone in the business or related fields. Perfect listening for driving.
An amazing resource for designers
by Casavilora
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I have been listening to this podcast for a couple of months now, and I am so amazed at all the great information and knowledge that I have learned for running my own business. I have gained so much confidence from hearing the stories of a lot of these designers, and how similar they are to my story. To hear how much they have accomplished and grown into successful businesses gives me hope that I will get there soon. It fuels me to work harder. I consider Well Designed Business a go to resource.
Downright FABULOUS
by Sbootz
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I’ve listened to a few different, very decent, female-entrepreneur podcasts with a slant toward interior design. LuAnn’s “A Well Designed Business” is the FIRST podcast, that has left me looking forward to the next one. Also the first one that I’ve listened to where I can’t double-task. I want to hear EVERY word. If an outside noise (I live in Manhattan) drowns out a sentence or two, I replay that section. She interviews consummate pros in the category of the day, and asks them excellent questions. When I listen to “A Well Designed Business”, I want to be able to jot things down. Sometimes I’ll pause the interview just to take in what was said. If I don’t already know her interviewee, I add their website to my bookmarks, and their books (if they’ve written one) to my wish-list, or buy them immediately. After listening to a few of her podcasts I found myself wishing she’d interview herself! I wanted to know more about Window Works, low and behold I’d find #52 “Turning the Table-an Interview with LuAnn”. I was SO happy to hear more about her expertise. It was unusual for me to want to hear the interviewer talk about herself because, with the other podcasts I’ve listened to, I find that there’s a bit too much of that. I often feel as though I’m a fly on the wall in the office of coworkers shooting the breeze about their day, my mind often wanders. “A Well Designed Business” is friendly, fun, full of professional respect and NEVER veers off point. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Love these podcasts!
by JMacWright
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Every interview is current and pertinent to the world of interior design business. Luann is a wonderful and talented interviewer. She conducts an entertaining interview while getting right to the point. All of her guests have been incredibly informative and interesting. I am so glad Luann decided to do this. It has certainly been very beneficial to my interior design business. Great job Luann!
Must listen for all Designers!
by Laurabengen
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LuAnn Thank You for creating this wonderful podcast, your wide range of guests have provided so much useful information! The addition of Power Fridays is awesome, great idea.
Best. Podcast. Ever.
by Rachel Moriarty
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No week is complete without tuning into A Well Designed Business. A great resource for anyone in the design industry. I learn something new every single episode, Keep up the great work LuAnn!
I love this podcast!!!
by Tiffany Stutzman Design
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I love this podcast!!! LuAnn covers such a large variety of topics and has very interesting guests. I have learned something from every single episode…and often times many, many things! LuAnn has a strong ability to pull meaningful information out of her guests, as well as a gift for summarizing/restating lessons learned. This podcast is a must for anyone in the interior design business…whether just starting out or a seasoned veteran. It will help you with all aspects of your business.
Windowworks Saved my Business
by Gail M Davis
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I LOVE EVERY episode! Chock full of wisdom & thought provoking info for business. Inspiring #teamLuAnn

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