The Top 6 Reasons to be an IDS Member
At IDS we are passionate about helping designers achieve their dreams and succeed in their business. Now is as great a time as ever to be a member of our organization, and we've put together a list of the main reasons why we think you should be a part of our IDS family.
1. Complimentary Listing on The IDS List
Have you heard of our latest initiative, The IDS List? It's a new platform with the purpose of educating consumers on why and how to hire an interior designer. The best part is that it highlights IDS designer members through a searchable and easy-to-use directory. IDS designers can have their own profile on The IDS List for free! That's right, it's included in your membership (submit your profile here so that we know exactly what you want included). And, even better, the cost of IDS membership is less that a local ad you might purchase. Nation-wide exposure + all other IDS benefits = a total no brainer, right??
2. You're a Member of a Chapter No Matter Where You Live
You may have heard that we have over 20 local chapters across the country. Yes, that's right, and one of those chapters is our Virtual Chapter. In existence well before COVID times, our Virtual Chapter gives the opportunity to any member to be a part of a chapter, no matter where you are located! The Virtual Chapter meets monthly, and meetings are open to all IDS members. Rumor has it that members feel just as connected in these meetings as they do at an in-person meeting.
3. Gain Access to Business Resources
At IDS we feel passionate about connecting our members with valuable business resources in the industry. We share our connections with you so that you have the tangible tools you need to run your business. From giveaways to speakers and webinars, IDS will provide the resources you need but don't know how to find.
4. The Opportunity to Grow Your Business Through National Recognition and Promotion
Our Designer of the Year Awards program just crossed the 10 year mark, and over the years has become a highly reputable and well-known national awards program. As a member of IDS, you are eligible to enter your design work each year. We have a wide range of categories, and even have one dedicated to pro-bono design work. Even entering the awards program can bring you national exposure and recognition. Not to mention, winners can market their award to potential clients.
5. To Expand Your Network
People say that IDS is like a big family. It is rewarding to see the friendships made from coast to coast because of our IDS network. Being an interior designer can be an isolating career, but when you're a member of IDS you have peers and friends to collaborate with, share tips, and share struggles with.
6. To Support the Future of the Industry
When you're a member of IDS, that means that you are personally investing in the future of the interior design industry. IDS offers student scholarships that go to students studying interior design all around the country. We are dedicated to supporting the future of interior design, and you are too when you're an IDS member. It's nice to know that a portion of your membership dues goes towards a budding designer's education.