TenilleBurnupbTennille Joy Interiors

Tennille Burnup got involved in the business as she was practically raised to do the job.  Her mother was an interior designer and her father is a furniture retailer. Tennille’s grandparents were also in the industry and she felt the strong gravitation to do what she does however she started out in fashion before realizing that her first love is designing interiors.

Here is what Tennille shared about running her business

Q. How long have you been in business?

Two years self employed. Have been a designer for 14 years

Q. What did you do before you started this business?

I was working for a large company working on private residential and commercial interiors. I also worked in London, gaining an insight into English Aristocrat interior design.

Q. Who are your main customers and why do you enjoy working with them?

My main clients are busy professionals who seek professional advice on design. They respect ideas and are happy to be challenged in design principles.

Q. Did you have any business training before you started?

I have learnt about business as I go. My father is a huge business mentor as well as a few successful business associates.

Q. Describe your business and products/services you offer

My business skills / services are:
Interior Design Conceptualization & Development
Bathroom, Kitchen Design & Specification
Joinery Design
Furniture Design
Colour Consultancy
Furniture & Homewares Styling
Property Styling
Window Furnishing

Q. How many hours a week do you work in your business?

I work approx. 45 hours a week on my business / sometimes more

Q. What kind of online and offline marketing do you do and which is working for you?

I am a social butterfly online. I have an account with twitter, instagram, facebook, pinterest, houzz and I write a blog. Online marketing for me is a way to tell an inside story of my creative process and to inspire. My website is working for me the most in the online world.

Q. Do you use social media as part of your marketing?

I have used social media for a giveaway campaign for marketing.

Q. What mistakes have you made in running your business and what lessons have you learnt from those?

I have made the mistake earlier on to take too much onboard. I now outsource the task s, like book keeping, so I can concentrate on my strengths, eg being creative

Q. What obstacles or challenges do your small business clients face most often?

Challenges are juggling the work / life balance and trying to ‘switch off’

Q. What tips would you give new business entrepreneurs?

Find as many good mentors as possible, get good advice from your accountant, go to business seminars and try to have fun along the way.

For more information, visit the Tenille Joy Interiors website