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DesignerAdvantage – An Easy-to-Use Bookkeeping and Purchasing Service for the Busy Interior Designer

If you’re like most designers, you love designing and helping clients. However, the bookkeeping and order tracking part of the job is not your forte, you find it frustrating, and the paperwork trail is taking time away from what you do best.

The good news: DesignerAdvantage is aware of how inherently complex and difficult the purchasing and order tracking system can be for the design industry and has tackled that problem. DesignerAdvantage has created a simple, intuitive program for designers to use along with a support system to oversee accounting and purchasing from the moment you enter the spec all the way to the receiving warehouse. Their professionals assist you with resolving snags like rush orders, damages and backorders. Every designer who is a client of DesignerAdvantage is assigned their own account manager. Best of all, DesignerAdvantage fees are respectively passed along to clients as billable time or out-of-pocket reimbursable expenses. You get the benefits of a full time bookkeeper and purchasing agent without having to hire full time employees.

Marc Molinsky, CEO and founder of DesignerAdvantage, previously worked as a CPA at Ernst & Young LLP. After four years with Ernst & Young, Marc answered the calling to start his own business. A mentor of his introduced him to the owner of a lighting manufacturer who served the design trade. This meeting led to Marc’s realization that designers desperately needed real solutions and DesignerAdvantage was born in 2000. Marc and his staff of professionals have spent the last 17 years perfecting the technology, interface, accuracy, efficiency and value of this truly unique software that specifically supports interior designers in managing and growing their businesses.

The key features of DesignerAdvantage include the ability to enter specifications, create estimates and purchase orders, and record time by clicking on colorful tabs at the top of the main page. In addition to providing the extremely valuable features of accurate and up-to-date financials and purchasing oversight, DesignerAdvantage enables designers to run professional looking status reports for their clients with the click of a button. Imagine how happy your clients will be to receive periodic reports emailed to them on order status and expected ship dates. They will LOVE you! And you needn’t wonder how you are doing on budget — the program has a budget tracker for time and materials. Your project will show you percentage of budget utilized and highlight the project in red if you are over budget.

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The key to this revolutionary software is that it is customized for the design trade but it is linked to QuickBooks, the best accounting software for small business. Have you struggled to learn QuickBooks? Do you worry that you don’t have the time to learn it? You can put those concerns to rest. DesignerAdvantage has customized their software to be so easy to use, so simple and intuitive, that it only takes DesignerAdvantage professionals about 20 minutes to train designers on the software.

The two things a designer needs to do to ensure that DesignerAdvantage can do their job helping designers run a great business is to specify your product accurately into the software and enter any billable time. You can access your information any time online.

DesignerAdvantage will even offer a free business analysis so that you can understand very quickly the key things you can be doing differently to positively impact your design business. DesignerAdvantage manages over 100 design business all across the U.S. The information in their data base enables them to compare your P&L statement to other comparable design firm data. This analysis will help you understand, for example, if you are charging too little or paying too much for certain expenses. Furthermore, DesignerAdvantage offers its design clients access to a buying program that gives you purchasing rewards for all types of finishes.

Contact Marc Molinsky to learn how DesignerAdvantage can work for you, save you hours of frustration, improve your bottom line, and free up valuable time to do what you do best.

Marc Molinsky, DesignerAdvantage, 617.953.3134, www.designeradvantage.com

 

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