The Best Software To Grow Your Interior Design Business

Hey guys, I have compiled some of the best tools, websites, resources and blog posts to help you grow your interior design business. And I do NOT recommend anything that I don’t totally believe in.

 

Interior Design Software

Revit (Autodesk) | Revit is a powerful drafting and 3D program by AutoDesk.

Sketchup pro | What I like about SketchUp is its quick mockup 3D views of a space and the open source plugins that extend the functionality of the software.

Chief Architect | Chief Architect is a drafting and 3D modeling software program specifically designed for you guys.

Autodesk AutoCAD | AutoCAD is one of the most complex software used in interior design industry.

Planner5D | You can create your room design and convert it into a 3D color display so you get a good idea how the room will appear.

Home Hardware Design Centre | Home Hardware is a Canadian company, but anyone can access their incredible suite of free interior design, storage design and kitchen design software products.

Space Designer | Space Designer is software you can use to plan out rooms or entire home layouts directly on their website.

RoomToDo | RoomToDo is a free cloud-based interior design software that offers one unique feature which is what they call a 3D walk-through feature.

RoomSketcher | What I like about RoomSketcher is they have ready-made templates, user designs or design from scratch options.

Olympic Paint Color Visualizer | With this software, you upload an image of your room and then add different colors to your image to see how the room will look.  It’s designed to help you choose the right paint colors for your room.

 

Must Have Website Tools  

GoDaddy | A simple and inexpensive platform to purchase domains.

SiteGround | Good hosting platform to host your website. Been a customer for a long time.

Canva | Free Graphic design tool for non-designers. It has beautiful templates for Portfolios, Business Cards, Social Media Graphics and Presentations.

Google Analytics | Analyzes your website traffic, demographic information (age, gender, location and more), new visitors, returning visitors and the amount of time a visitor spends on your website.

OptinMonster | Online lead generation software

Sucuri | Give you a complete website security. (WordPress Plugin)

BackupBuddy | An easy way to keep your web content safe by creating a complete backup of your website automatically. (WordPress Plugin)

Click To Tweet | Creates tweetable link boxes within blogposts to promote and advertise your blog.

Hotjar | See how your visitors are using your website.

Sumome | Great tool to grow your email list easily on your website.

 

Social Media Tools

Buffer | I’m a fan of Buffer. It’s a great tool to schedule and manage social media posts across all available platforms.

BuzzBundle | It is an online tracking software that tracks your brand mentions.

IFTTT | IFTTT (if this, then that) is an automated software to schedule posts on social media platforms with its sync services.

PostPlanner | Makes your research process easy by finding new and trending things to post on your Facebook page.

 

Productivity Tools

Trello | Online Project management tool that has easy to customize boards and to do list.

Slack | Team communication software.

Camtasia | Screen recorder and video editing software (This is what I use to create videos).

AllTop | Interior Design Blogs curated in one spot Tip: Add your blog feed for more traffic.

LastPass | Keep track of all those passwords

Evernote | Keep track of every piece you source in your design projects.

 

Stock Photo Websites

Pixabay | Free

Freepik | Free

Unsplash | Free

Pexels | Free

Shutterstock | Paid

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