Yes, I said, "The Best"! You can say that eDesign is a trend but I think that it's definitely one that's here to stay. I get asked about eDesign all the time from both design enthusiasts and designers. There is still some skepticism about the process and how you can actually deliver a fully designed room project to a client.
When I started my eDesign journey a couple of years ago, I did struggle trying to cobble all of the elements of a project together to create a final deliverable that looked professional and gave my clients value. Often times it was a clumsy process until I found what I consider to be the best and most intuitive interior design software called MyDoma Studio. Now, I'm going to say right up front that we are a proud affiliate of MyDoma Studio because I believe in their product so much and the direction that they are going with it. In fact, I met up with Sarah Daniele, the founder of MyDoma Studio, at the Design Bloggers Conference and she shared with me all of the exciting things she has planned for her business. They have such a great team that really cares about this industry, it's designers and their product. Just last week, they updated their platform based on the feedback that those of us who use it have given them and created an even more robust platform!
Now you know me and I'm not going to claim that something is "The Best" without backing that up so here are my 10 top reasons that I think that MyDoma Studio is the best.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #1:
For the designer - a totally branded Virtual Studio welcome page that includes your logo and a little bit about your design firm. The login page can live right on your website so that your website becomes a destination and resource for your clients. Since my design firm is home-based, it really leveled up my business to have a Virtual Studio.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #2:
For the designer - using their 'product clipper', you can create your own product catalog filled with frequently used products so that you can quickly curate a look for your client without searching the web for these items each time. You can add in retail items for eDesign clients as well as trade items for local clients.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #3:
For the designer - ready made design packages that clients can easily click and purchase. These can be added right to your website.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #4:
For the designer - one place to manage all of the details that go into a design project. You can create different templates for your contracts so that you aren't spending endless hours reinventing the wheel every time you onboard a new client. You can create invoices and payments so that the check doesn't get "lost in the mail". Yes, I have personally gotten that excuse multiple times!
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #5:
For the designer - multiple space AND multiple users of the software. Often I will start with a living room project for a client and as we are nearing the end of it, she decides that she would like to also add the family room and her master bedroom. You can now have multiple spaces for one client which makes life so much easier for us designers. You can also add additional users to the projects such as a design assistant or your contractor.
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BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #6:
For the client - an easy, intuitive and collaborative way to work with your designer. If you are an eDesign client, as soon as you log in you will be able to accept the contract, easily pay the initial design fee to get started and there will be a welcome packet with instructions waiting for you. It will tell you how to photograph your space for me and how to draw out and measure your room. I even include graph paper for you to print out and draw on.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #7:
For the client - one messaging center! No more searching all over the place for that one email or scrolling your phone for text messages. All of our communications are housed neatly in one place.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #8:
For the client - detailed product list with totals and veto power. How do you like the sound of that? I add in the products for your space, it creates a detailed list of the items that include the online retailer, the amount, the dimensions etc. and you have the ability to give an item the 'thumbs down' and add in a reason so that I can source an alternative item for you.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #9:
For the client - access at your fingertips and at your convenience. You're a busy woman, I get that. This online software allows you to log in at any time to message me about a project, pay an invoice, approve deliverables......even if it's at 11pm at night.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ONLINE SOFTWARE REASON #10:
For the client - goodbye overwhelm! I have received so much great feedback from both my eDesign and local clients about this platform for communicating on design projects. It saves so much time eliminating the need to arrange busy schedules to meet in person. One client even told me that she did all of the purchasing for a project in just 45 minutes. All she had to do was click and purchase.