How to account for the surprising economics of a home design business. [Monday Minute]

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August 22, 2022 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.
How to account for the surprising economics of a home design business
Have you ever had a client refuse to pay for work after you’ve already completed it?


It’s very frustrating.

Now you have to spend more time (and maybe money) chasing them down to get paid.

Do you? Or do you just let it go and move on?

The solution may lie in the difference between accounting profit and economic profit.

Watch this video for the answer
Designing a Library in a Contemporary Home
From this week’s #HomeDESIGN Pro Daily, Click here to subscribe.

For a Starting Point, Look to Your Home’s Design.


“Let the house guide you in the design of the library.

Create a library that builds within the home’s language and adds to the overall feel that is consistent with the current aesthetic.”

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Our new fiscal year is off to a great start.
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  • 47 in 2020/2021 (the record)
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Compass Club Report: We are on pace to set a record!
The total points this Fiscal Year (July to June).
Total Score = 17 points. (Pace = 179 by June 2023)
Last Year’s Score = 120 pts. (2021/2022)
The Record = 154 pts. (2018/2019)


Welcome to our newest Compass Club members.

  • Beatriz Castro (TX) recruited a Professional member in August (And with it reached the 2500 Compass Club point plateau)
  • Heather Baldwin (OH) recruited a Professional member in August
  • .Angel Silva (TX) recruited one new Professional Member in July.
Click here to learn more about Compass Club.


This week’s movers and shakers!

  • Mike Keesee (💎Member – FL), the founder of the Compass Club, is on FIRE! 🌋🔥☄ This past week, Mike introduced three more Professional members and two Associates to AIBD. Increasing his points to 15 in August and 94 overall. The design of a new double-diamond lapel pin is underway, @MikeKeesee! 💎💎
Upcoming chapter meetings (and more).
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  • September 23 – AIBD, Central Oklahoma Chapter – Meeting in person. For more information, contact the new chapter chairman, Donnie Loveday,
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7 Building Design Hacks to Help You Stay on Schedule
When it comes to small building design firms, time is of the essence.


You need to complete your projects on schedule and under budget, and every day counts.


These seven tips can help you do just that.
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Have a triumphant week!

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