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646: Aymee Kuhlman and Molly Kidd: Building a Friendship and An Interior Design Partnership

A Well-Designed Business®

Release Date: 03/02/2021

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A Well-Designed Business®

Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Sales isn’t about convincing someone to buy what they don’t need or want. You want to make a sale that gives you the profits you want and provides your clients with something that will bring them happiness. Today, I’m talking with Michelle Butt, Master Coach and creator of Facial Intelligence, to talk about how using visual cues and facial features can help improve your sales

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This week, I’m joined by Genevieve Trousdale. After coming from working in two large firms, Genevieve launched her own firm. She grew her business to serve luxury clients and tackle high-income projects. But unlike most other designers on her level, Genevieve chooses to keep some things simple, running her business on her own and taking on just a few projects per year. Today, we’re talking about how she manages it, why she chooses it, and the importance of staying true to your values in your business.

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657: Power Talk Friday: Dolores Hirschmann: Unlock Your Message, Unlock Your Business show art 657: Power Talk Friday: Dolores Hirschmann: Unlock Your Message, Unlock Your Business

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Welcome to A Well-Designed Business®. When someone asks you what you do, how clear are you? Are you able to communicate what you do, the value you bring to the table, who you help, and what sets you apart? Or do you struggle to define what message you’re trying to put out with your business? Today, I chat with Dolores Hirschmann, a strategist and coach who helps her clients get that clarity in their message so they can start impacting the world.

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Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. April Jensen of St. Louis-based ADJ Interiors was in business for 25 years before she created an onboarding doc for her high-end interior design business. April and LuAnn walk step-by-step through her onboarding doc as April lets us in on how it has helped her handle client expectations and sticky situations.

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Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Single mom to a toddler and suddenly laid off when Covid started, Theresa Gresham moved into a 200ft studio to save on rent. Theresa shares her journey of building a Virtual Design Assistant business from scratch and learning the importance of self-care and hiring help.

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654: Jenny Madden: Navigating Maternity Leave in Your Interior Design Business show art 654: Jenny Madden: Navigating Maternity Leave in Your Interior Design Business

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As business owners, we face many difficult situations, including how to balance personal life with business ownership. Maternity leave is one of those situations that can change the course of your business. Jenny Madden has navigated the difficult territory of maternity leave five separate times, both in her own leave and in the leaves of her employees. Today, we’re discussing the tricky waters of maternity leave, and how you can make decisions now that will impact it in the future.

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Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. On today’s WTF— Window Treatment Friday, Vita and I are talking about rising from the ashes of the fire that destroyed her workroom. It's every business owners nightmare. Fortunately for Vita's diligent dedication to the processes and systems within her business, Vita was able to literally rise from the ashes over night, and continue to keep her business running. 

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Welcome to A Well-Designed Business®. We spend a lot of time talking about starting your business, growing your business, and implementing the basics that lead you to success. Today, we’re talking about what happens when that success is threatened. Recessions, disasters, and unforeseeable circumstances can threaten your business. But the way you respond to those situations shows your grit, determination, and ultimately determines your success as a business owner. 

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651: Power Talk Friday: Rachael Bozsik: Gaining Credibility in Interior Design show art 651: Power Talk Friday: Rachael Bozsik: Gaining Credibility in Interior Design

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Welcome to A Well-Designed Business®. Rachael is an international keynote speaker and thought leadership coach helping female entrepreneurs in the lifestyle space build personal brands. She joins LuAnn to share a practical plan for positioning your brand, honing your activities, and attracting your ideal client.

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Welcome to A Well-Designed Business®. Design is a second career for Sara Malek Barney. Sara was an executive in the entertainment and sports industries before she became the Founder and Principal Designer of Bandd Interiors in Austin, Texas. With plenty of business savvy under her belt, when she launched her design firm, Sara knew to concentrate on two tactics to create and grow her digital footprint.

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Today with Aymee Kuhlman and Molly Kidd:

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business®. Aymee and Molly of Light and Dwell, an Oregon based full service and virtual design firm were friends before they were business partners. They’re sharing what they’ve learned about themselves, about each other, and about how to mesh opposites together to grow a business from nothing to something amazing in just five short years.

Pick it apart:

[24:55] LuAnn recaps the tactics Aymee and Molly used to get their first clients

[30:09] Aymee and Molly share how they figured out how to work together when each have very different personalities

[37:17] LuAnn recaps business partnership tips and explains how the Window Works partnership works

[41:55] Aymee describes how they worked through her maternity leave

[49:19] LuAnn goes deep into how partnerships can work when there’s a disagreement

LuAnn, Aymee Kuhlman and Molly Kidd's Ah-Ha moments:

“She’s good at anything you can see.” - Aymee about Molly

 

“Whoever’s area of strength it is has the final say.” - LuAnn Nigara

 

“You both bring to the table what the other person needs.” LuAnn Nigara

More About Aymee Kuhlman and Molly Kidd:

Molly is married to Brad, and together they are raising three children [Karis, Krew + Karoline]. She enjoys being outdoors, drinking coffee, gluten-free cooking, and all sorts of design. She loves being creative and always has her hands in someone's flower arrangements, home decor or closet. Molly started Light and Dwell with Aymee 5 years ago, and now leads all the creative content and design for the business.

 

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Aymee and her husband Jim have three young adult children. She has a passion for hospitality and creating a welcoming space for others. She enjoys a good cup of black coffee, baking, and traveling with her family.  She runs the behind the scenes operations of Light and Dwell and loves anything under the subject area of systems and people!

 

Aymee Kuhlman  •  [email protected] 

 

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