How many interior design clients did you lose last month?
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Do you know how many potential interior design clients you lost last month? I'll wait while you ponder that.

Okay, do you know?

I don't know, either. But we have got to stop that.

You're running your design business and you know how much time you lost during the day to answer emails from people who are interested in your services?

You could have lost 3 interior design clients yesterday.

You know how it goes.

Potential Client (PC): Hi, Could you tell me about how you work?

Designer (D): Yes, I would love to. Blah blah blah. What project were you looking to start on?

PC: Um, I have this bedroom. How much will it cost?

D: It's hard to say without knowing what you need done in your bedroom? Are you looking for a full service design or another one of my services. I'd love to help you in chossing one of my services if I knew how much help you are interested in.

And so it goes. Both of you get frustrated. And then one day, there is no more replies.

*Crickets*

It's over and how much time did you waste with that email exchange?

You didn't even get to the nitty gritty (dirt band).

Oh, and maybe you are just like how I used to be. The way I told myself I was.

I HATE talking on the phone. I sound like Smurfette. Ugh. It's torture! I want to crawl up into a ball and hide in the corner.

Well, let's face it. We can't avoid the phone. It simply makes more sense to use a phone to find out how you can help someone.

Here's how to stop losing interior design clients.

Introducing: Time Trade.

Time Trade allows you to sync with your Google Calendar and have your peeps book a time with you to chat.

How to do it:

  1. Create a Time Trade account. It's free.
  2. Create a separate calendar in Google just for your appointments you want to sync with Time Trade (my suggestion as I found it easier to work this way).
  3. Fill in your busy time in your Google Calendar.
  4. Sync up your calendar with Time Trade (select the calendar you created just for Time Trade to sync with the right schedule).
  5. Add a link to your website like the one I have here.

Boom! Done.

You think your competition is doing this? I doubt it. So why not be among the first?

Alycia Wicker is an interior design business coach specializing in online marketing strategies.Her clients land more of their own dream clients and make more cash, period. Celebrity gossip whore. Elvis-obsessed.