Ooooo, you guys are thinking today! Thanks for all the responses thus far.
Delta: Yes, there are many realtors who offer staging. But there are many who don`t. I think this is a good choice (and I would enjoy it) since
Craig: Thanks. When I searched "staging" I didn`t get that.
Nikole: My secret? Don`t hate me for the simplicity: God (or your higher power). Motivation. Networking, networking, networking..... There are times when I don`t have a client and I worry, but God provides. I am a highly motivated person who gets things done. I do some networking and if I did more I would be on overload. I have yet to do any marketing for my company. It`s all been networking and word of mouth.
I also appreciate your words of wisdom, Nikole. I am always on the search for improving my skill, learning another aspect of design. That`s fun to me! And it seems you are the same! And you know what your back up is!! :D
jillybeans: After talking with a realtor who offers staging, she gave my number to a staging company and they have already emailed me. Will be checking that out.
And yes, I hope my expertise will help me stay in this industry a long time. Maybe I worry too much, you know? It is a real fear though. When you see your parents, your father-in-law, a friend, and a friends mother switch careers at an older age, it is worrisome.
drvag: I don`t believe I`m sacred of the competition today. I know what I offer. I am great at what I do and better than most. My fear is, as you noted very well, technology advancing to the point that we "designers" aren`t needed for the majority of work.
How many of you visited Vista Print, made and purchased your first set of business cards? Or printed cards on Avery business card paper at home? How many of you have designed a newsletter or flyer using Microsoft or Publisher? People are doing that these days and in a few years, there will be programs anyone can use that will provide better results than Word or Publisher. I see the technology moving in that direction.
Look at printing costs. Did you know to print 1,000 postcards 2 years ago cost $700? Today you can get them for under $200!!!! And now these companies offer Word or Publisher templates for non-designers to use. Things in this industry are changing quickly and not for the betterment of the designer.
Today designers face: small businesses that do not need, cannot afford, do not understand the importance of having a graphic designer. Medium sized businesses know they need the expertise, but can`t afford a graphic designer so they piece mill their stuff out and do the other stuff themselves. Large businesses hire graphic designer employees and some hire a firm for smaller projects.
Right now, I`m lucky: I have three large biz, a few medium but the bulk are small companies. When these new software applications come in, I will lose half of my small business. I already have one client who thinks she knows how to update her web pages, and then comes back to me asking me to fix it for her. J
Anyway, now I have gone on a tangent. I will work hard to preserve my talent and my industry. I will strive to learn and be “better” and offer my client complete satisfaction. But I will also prepare myself for a change in the industry so I an support my family and do something else (should I NEED to) that I enjoy.
Again thanks to all of you for your excellent responses and for reading through this gray matter!
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