Marie Flanigan Interiors Grows Business by 400% and Receives National Recognition
Marie Flanigan, Principal Designer at Marie Flanigan Interiors (MFI), was recognized as a "2015 Rising Star of Design" by Traditional Home magazine for her ability to seamlessly integrate interiors and structure. Marie Flanigan Interiors has thrived as a female owned and operated luxury business in a tumultuous economy, with a growth of over 400 percent in the past three years.
Over the past decade, Houston’s small business scene has been booming and although it can be said that Houston is a city full of opportunity, many small businesses lack staying power. Not only has Marie Flanigan Interiors thrived as a female owned and operated luxury business in a rather tumultuous economy, but Marie has grown her business by over 400 percent in the past three years. When asked why she believes MFI has realized continued success despite the common economic ups and downs that often impact an interior design business, Marie responded, “At MFI, it’s not enough to create and install extraordinary designs, and that skill won’t necessarily carry you through rough times when pricing is everything and there are dozens of designers for clients to choose from. We pair our creative services with elite customer care, and that combination allows us to offer a distinctly tailored experience to each and every one of our clients. I’ve found that, in order to offer and achieve that kind of exemplary service, it is crucial that I be extremely selective about who I hire and how I manage my workforce.”
Marie’s workforce consists of herself and four other women (3 of which are working moms) who share her passion for creativity and service, and although some might consider their team lean, there is no doubt that it is an extremely effective one. Together, they boast over 30 years of professional experience which have been channeled into the development of MFI’s day-to-day mission and vision for the firm’s future. Marie’s strategy has been to hire first-rate team members based on their passion and experience as opposed to hiring high volumes of staffers based on immediate need. Undeniably, managing a smaller team is beneficial to a company when the market is slow, but Marie has also discovered that lean operating encourages her firm to be selective about the projects they accept thus ensuring consistent, quality-driven work.
“Our goal is to deliver beauty to the lives of our clients and, through that process, we also strive to educate the community and enhance the lives of any person or company we come in contact with. Each MFI team member was selected for her drive to excel, her passion to serve, and her ability to resourcefully manage time, and it’s those qualities that enable MFI to deliver on our promise of extraordinary quality and elite service.” -Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors
In a time when bigger often appears better, it is refreshing to find a small business receiving well-earned national attention. With highly accountable team members and a business culture grounded in gratitude, MFI serves as a model business for others on the hunt for successful operating methods that don’t require hiring a massive staff.
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