Ep #293: Navigating the Hard with Lee Waters

The Design You Podcast with Tobi Fairley | Navigating the Hard with Lee Waters

We’re finishing 2023 strong with a few amazing guest interviews, the first of which is my friend Lee Waters. Designers out there are struggling in the current economic climate, navigating “the hard,” and this can be an extremely isolating experience. It’s difficult to bring these conversations to your friends and family, so we’re bringing them to the podcast today.

Lee Waters is a wonderful interior designer from Richmond, Virginia. She’s been a member of Design You and we’ve done all kinds of work together. But I’ve decided to bring her on this week because Lee is an action-taker, which is a quality I adore in people. She’s created courses, she’s launching a podcast, and she’s taking the necessary action to thrive while navigating a tricky season in the interior design industry.

Tune in this week as we pull back the curtain on what taking action and creating success during the tough times really looks like. We’re discussing the importance of being willing to be a beginner and gaining experience, the different kinds of hard that Lee has navigated this year with staff and contractors, and her advice for trying new things and creating a business that will enable you to navigate the hard times you’ll inevitably go through.


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What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • Why there will always be “hard” that needs navigating.
  • How being an entrepreneur gets glamorized.
  • Why you aren’t the only one struggling in the current state of our economy in 2023.
  • How Lee has diversified her business beyond only offering interior design services.
  • The specific forms of hard that Lee has needed to navigate in her business this year.
  • How the hard years pay you in experience instead of money.
  • Lee’s advice for navigating the hard in your business.

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I help creative women (and a few really progressive dudes) design profit-generating, soul-fulfilling businesses that let them own their schedule, upgrade their life and feel more alive than ever!

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