Interior Designers Love DM
Hear what our clients have to say about Design Manager software
"I love Design Manager because I don't have to think about it." - Thom Filicia
That and more from Queer Eye's very own Thom Filicia. He has run a successful design firm using Design Manager software for over 20 years. In this video, he explains the ways Design Manager has helped his business and how it can help other designers' businesses as well.
Robin Baron has no time for mistakes and she needs information at the tip of her fingers and that's why she uses Design Manager to run her design business. Find out how Robin empowers her employees by providing them with software that is accurate and fast.
Design Manager keeps my team organized and running smoothly. It lets us focus on being creative rather than billing and project management.
What I love most about Design Manager is…EVERYTHING! Honestly, having the ability to execute and manage a project from specification through procurement and delivery in a streamlined, comprehensive, and professional manner, is an Interior Designers Dream! Design Manager has given me hours of time back into my daily schedule, allowing me to do what I love the most…DESIGN!
The Design Manager software has been very effective in keeping my office organized. Switching to a software program designed specifically for the design industry has proven to be extremely valuable in managing the details, and therefore, has saved us time and money. I would highly recommend them to any interior design business.
Bria tried QuickBooks and it didn't fit her business so that's when she switched to industry-specific software, Design Manager. Learn more about her journey of going from a one person company to a twelve-person company using Design Manager.
"One of the smartest decisions I made for my interior design business was to implement some easy-to-use but innovative software, Design Manager. Design Manager is now allowing us to streamline our processes and shows how great computer programs can aid in efficiency and profitability."
Hear Libby Langdon, one of the design industry's brightest stars, talk about Design Manager's high-quality customer service. She loves the Design Manager Support Team because it saves her staff time and money.
The educational tutorials are so easy to learn from that there is a very minimal learning curve with new team members that join. It allows us to seamlessly see a project from conception through its completion, even with project management and procurement involved.
After more than a decade in this industry, I simply could not run a business without Design Manager. My projects are highly detailed, and Design Manager serves as a database for all the minutiae while providing a straightforward platform for my amazing staff to place and track orders and easy-to-understand invoices for my clients. Beyond that, I’ve been very impressed with the immediacy and efficiency of its technical support. I would recommend Design Manager to any professional working in our field.
It became clear that our business practices were highly inefficient, and that if we were going to grow, and handle other and more complex projects we needed to find a much more efficient way of creating proposals, processing purchase orders, tracking orders, and preparing balance due invoices which Design Manager does seamlessly.
Design Manager is so much more valuable than QuickBooks for interior designers because it's catered to them. With QuickBooks, you have to duct tape things together to get them to work the way you want to.
David Charette knows how to earn a clients' trust and that's by being transparent throughout the design process. Design Manager is the tool that allows him and his team to remain efficient and profitable while providing the right information to his clients at the right times. Hear more about how he uses Design Manager in this short video.
From an accounting standpoint, it's very intuitive. We used to have to run two different accounts in our other program, one for design time and one for merchandise because it was so incredibly confusing as to where the money was. The accounting modules in Design Manager Pro are so far superior.
We love Design Manager. The firm that I came from used QuickBooks, but when I started my business I knew that I needed to prepare myself for bigger projects and more complexity. I did not want to wake up one day with massive projects and be totally unprepared, so I got Design Manager early on and learned it myself. It’s a tool that allows us to manage the design process easily.
Quickbooks is a great accounting tool. But [Design Manager is] a tool that was designed for interior designers: for no one else. That’s a big deal. QuickBooks does not do what Design Manager does for our business. It doesn’t have all the nuances that we need. If you’re in a certain business, you should be using project management software that was tailored to your specific business. Why reinvent the wheel?”
We made the decision to switch to Design Manager for two reasons. One was very basic, it was just much easier to be in the cloud. Nothing against QuickBooks, but I hated the online version. Second was my bookkeeper suggested it. My instincts said after 10 years, if my bookkeeper says Design Manager is better, and she works for designers, then I’ll give it a shot. We now use Design Manager and we would never go back. It forced me to break free of some Excel and QuickBooks confines, which feels really great.
Design Manager has entirely shifted the paradigm that I view accounting. Bookkeeping used to be super intimidating and filled with anxiety. Thanks to Design Manager we can do more design, and I can go through my day with less anxiety. How do you place a value on that?
The organization of Design Manager Pro on the back end for a volume-based project is so important to us and is second to none. For instance, we price our bed with all of the bedding on it, but we still want to see all of those items lined out.
One thing I like to do if we’re having an issue is to pull the reports to see how much money we’ve spent with a particular vendor and say ‘Look, we’ve spent this much with you this year, can you work with us?
One of the greatest and most exciting things for me with Design Manager Pro is that everything starts at a spec level. The importance of the design staff being able to look at each and every spec within their project, and to know all the details of that spec saves so much time. The importance on my end is that I am able to see and track each spec throughout the process, from creation to client installation.
Design Manager is the gold standard for operating your design business. You can rely on its consistency, support and ease of use every day, year to year. My clients have come to expect the high level of organization that I provide and I credit Design Manager.
The competing product that we tried lacked a lot of the simple, basic elements that Design Manager Pro has. I like the fact that Design Manager Pro is all encompassing for us. I especially like that on the procurement side, we're able to easily write specifications, turn those into a proposal to send to a client, and then turn it into purchase orders. After that, it’s easy for me to invoice the client for the balance due. Design Manager makes it pretty seamless.
Design Manager Pro has helped us keep everything organized in one location. We are able to do all of our processes through the program, which saves us from using various different programs to accomplish this – Excel, Word, Quickbooks, etc. With Design Manager Pro, we can keep track of our receiving status, updates, warehouse numbers, acknowledgements, delivery tickets, and inventory all in one place.