Business is looking up for 2013

March 21st, 2013 by Amanda Whitehead

Business for Interior Designers looks up for 2013.  According to the ASID 2013 Environmental Scanning Report, which forecasts trends and other factors.  ASID’s billing index indicated a rebound in 2012 (including a sluggish fourth quarter), with future expectations for further growth in 2013.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows there were about 40,950 designers as of May 2011, a 2 percent increase over the previous year and the first increase since 2008.  The average wage of interior designers grew 3.5 percent during that period.  The report also details the emergence of a new consumer, value-conscious, socially connected, and expects more personalized attention from their purchase. This will lead designers and manufactures to focus on responding to these needs.  Technology will be influential with customers as they research products, prices and reviews on mobile apps.  The best news reported by this report is that there will be more opportunities for designers as the housing market continues to make a recovery and the Millennials start buying their first homes.

 

Contributed by Alan Robbins, Hospitality Sales Manager

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