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The Educational Academy Interior Designers Swear By

 

Running an interior design business is no easy feat. From juggling site visits, to chasing down clients for payments, and everything in between – at times, it can feel hard to stay afloat. Thanks to modern technology, interior designers, and other small businesses, invest in business management software to centralize all of the day-to-day tasks in one place. However, if you’re running a sophisticated business like an interior design business, it’s crucial to use industry-specific software that can accommodate your needs.

 

Once you find the right business management software that’s right for you, the next step is making sure you’re making the most out of this software. It’s no use to you if you’re not using it properly or taking advantage of its features. That’s why Ivy, on a quarterly basis, hosts Ivy Academy, an educational workshop in various locations around the country, giving members an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of how to use Ivy with in-person training. Attending an Ivy Academy also allows designers to learn from their design peers about how to build a profitable business and best practices.

 

For the first time, we’re bringing Ivy Academy to Spring High Point Market 2019. This is an opportunity for designers using Ivy to get their questions answered, receive one-on-one guidance on complicated account issues, and acquire refined business models and strategies.

 

Details About Ivy Academy

  • Date & Time: Friday, April 5, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (8 hours)
  • Location: Abbyson Showroom, High Point Market
  • Price: $499 for up to 2 attendees from a firm
  • Register for Ivy Academy here

 

Get inspired by designers using Ivy who share the value of attending an educational Ivy Academy.

 


 

Mindy Laven, Mindy Laven Home

I’ve been using Ivy for…

2+ years

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

June 2018 (Irvine)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

We learned a lot about features that Ivy offers that we were unaware of or weren’t using yet!

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

It’s such a fun and informative experience.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

Ivy is the most important tool we use to run our business! We definitely added to our knowledge base and got better at using Ivy more effectively by using the tools we gained at the Academy!

 

Nate Fischer, Nate Fischer Interiors

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1 year+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

June 2018 (Irvine)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

Since we intended for Ivy to be such a huge part of our day-to-day, it made sense to get a comprehensive overview of something we would be utilizing regularly.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

A program that seems like it could be confusing is not when you can see the simple step-by-step process broken down in front of you. We also picked up some great tips and hints on features we had not discovered yet.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

My bookkeeper and I both attended and are now both on the same page on how we plan to streamline our orders, payments, and invoices.

 

Breeze Giannasio, Breeze Giannasio Interiors

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1 year+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

September 2018 (Irvine)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

Best practices to fully leverage the capabilities of Ivy. I was not disappointed and was surprised to find that the information exchange between colleagues was one of the most valuable aspects of the Academy. It was an amplified, more sophisticated version of what happens organically on Ivy’s Facebook exchange and in the weekly webinars.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

Just go. It’s like trying to drink water from a fire hydrant. Ivy is a powerful tool if you know how to properly leverage it. I’m so happy to have had access to the company founders and chief architects to both learn from them, but also share with them enhancements that would continue to improve the platform.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

I had only been using Ivy a short time before attending the Academy so I was able to create new systems in parallel with integrating a powerful new tool into my firm’s tech infrastructure. I continue to refine my practices and love that the platform interfaces so well with my accountant’s platform. One year ago, I was burdened by wearing every hat in my small business. The goal of 2018 was allowing tech to help me work smarter and spend more time on design. Ivy has given me that opportunity.

 

Mary Ann Kelly, Matrix Design Group

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1-6 months

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

November 2018 (Chicago)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

That most designers have been waiting for a project management program like Ivy, especially as a foundation for best practices, and a design community platform that promotes collaboration. I attended the Ivy Academy not only to immerse myself in the program for a day, but also to ask questions I developed during the first few months of using the program.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

Nothing beats being face-to-face with the Ivy crew! It is really helpful to work through Ivy features such as the Ivy Project Tracker live. The networking is a plus!

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

Attending the Ivy Academy was a smart decision because I am a small firm and I wear most of the hats day-to-day. I need to be as efficient and effective as possible while staying on task and still keeping up with resources, trends, and best practices. Attending the Ivy Academy provided a condensed, birds-eye view into Ivy, saving me time and allowing me immediate access to the Ivy Gurus!  And in design, we know time equals money!

 

Laura Lochrin, Laura Lochrin Interiors

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1 year+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

June 2018 (Irvine)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

How my assistant and I can be more proficient with Ivy (we attended together). I also had specific questions and parts of the software that I wanted to expand on for myself.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

I learned a lot that I didn’t even think to ask. I met lots of other designers who I’ve had the pleasure to get to know better since the Ivy Academy.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

I didn’t have time to train my assistant on Ivy and I also needed to make sure I was using Ivy to its capacity. The Ivy Academy allowed me to dedicate a full day to learning more. The webinars are awesome but we as a team really needed the focused time and the step by step walk through. We are now getting much more use of our Ivy account and it has helped streamline our process and our finances!

 

Kim Sperr, Vitoch Interiors

I’ve been using Ivy for…

2+ years

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

September 2018 (Irvine)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

I attended the Ivy Academy because I wanted hands on experience in a room with the “powers that be” in order to ask questions and learn along the way. I also wanted to meet the wonderful team behind Ivy.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

The networking opportunity to meet designers and hear their stories and suggestions was priceless.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

There is no other software we would even consider using. Ivy has been life changing for our business. The tracking features and the attachment features are key to our continued success as a design firm. We work with many designers and Ivy is crucial in helping us to run their business and our business smoothly. The support we receive from the Ivy team, as well as from the Ivy designers around the country, is absolutely priceless.

 

Elizabeth Wilson, Zetlands Design LLC

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1 year+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

September 2018 (Irvine)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

In depth knowledge of what Ivy is capable of. I also had my questions (and those of fellow Ivies) answered, live.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

To meet fellow Ivies and dive into the platform’s capabilities.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

Connecting with fellow designers and diving into the finer details of what Ivy is capable of.

 

Cory Decker, Studio Lea

I’ve been using Ivy for…

7-12 months

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

November 2018 (Chicago)

 

From attending Ivy Academy, I learned…

More about the program, especially in regards to reports and the dreaded topic of taxes.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

It explains so much more, dives in deeper, it’s also a great platform for learning from other designers.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

I now know more about running reports and figuring out how to do tasks more quickly and efficiently.

 

Veronica Ferro, VF Interiors

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1 year+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

November 2018 (Chicago)

 

I attended Ivy Academy because…

I wanted to get a full understanding of the program and how to use it to make my business run more successfully. Ivy Academy did a great job of giving a total overview of the program and how to use it throughout a project. Plus they gave plenty of helpful tips.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

It’s a great way to learn how to use the program.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

It was a great way for me to learn Ivy.

 

Lucie Ayres, 22 Interiors

I’ve been using Ivy for…

2 years+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

September 2018 (Irvine)

 

I attended Ivy Academy because…

I wanted to make sure we were using Ivy to its full potential.

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

You not only get to focus on all things project management and accounting, but you meet the Ivy team and other amazing designers.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

It’s so important to continue to refine your systems and be as efficient as possible; doing this Ivy Academy helps you do just that. Also, I love to see and meet other designers.

 

Shelley Amato, ADORN DESIGN GROUP

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1 year+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

November 2018 (Chicago)

 

I attended Ivy Academy because…

I needed full one-on-one access to training of the ins and outs of Ivy.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

It gave me a sense of support and training for my business to succeed.

 

Elizabeth Barondes, Barondes Morris Design

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1-6 months

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

September 2018 (Irvine)

 

I attended Ivy Academy because…

We were intrigued by Ivy and wanted to learn more and the Academy was a great introduction!

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

Ivy Academy is a cram course in all the bits and pieces essential to running your business.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

Attending Ivy Academy opened our eyes to many ways to simplify and thus improve the “back office” aspects of our business.

 

Angela Ochoa, Lynn K. Leonidas

I’ve been using Ivy for…

7-12 months

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

June 2018 (Irvine)

 

I attended Ivy Academy because…

Our office was transitioning from using another program, so we had questions and wanted to make sure that we were establishing good practices from the beginning. Ivy Academy was an efficient way to become comfortable with the program. Hearing testimonials from several designers who have been using Ivy, and tricks and tips they had developed, were especially valuable!

 

I recommend any designer using Ivy to attend Ivy Academy because…

Attending the Academy is a time-effective way of immersing yourself in the program and having your questions answered all in one day. I felt the support of the Ivy team which has made follow up after the Academy, a very easy and comfortable thing to do.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

I am a designer who attended the Academy with our firm’s Principal, and I think we both benefited from the Academy. Ivy now helps the office function more smoothly when everyone is equally comfortable with the program.

 

Joan Zajeski, Curly Willow Interiors

I’ve been using Ivy for…

1 year+

 

I attended Ivy Academy in…

November 2018 (Chicago)

 

I attended Ivy Academy because…

I needed to dive further into more of what the program can do to benefit and streamline my business.

 

Attending Ivy Academy was a smart decision for my business because…

I had an incredible experience at Ivy Academy this past November. I’ve been using Ivy for a year and have absolutely loved it. I’m a previous art director/graphic designer so I loved how Ivy is so visual. It was great to be with so many other designers and all that they brought to the day with their questions and ideas. I wasn’t expecting to learn so much from the other students as I did. I’d for sure go to another one this year. It just really helps motivate me to use all that Ivy can do. I’m a creative so numbers are not my thing! Ivy and their staff make it easy and even kinda fun!

 


 

Ivy is the # 1 software for designers. To learn more about Ivy, schedule a demo with an Ivy Guru who can show you how designers use Ivy to streamline their workflow and make more time for what they love, design.

 

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