A business and project management platform for interior designers, Ivy has launched in Australia after great success with designers in the US. A subsidiary of the home renovation and design platform Houzz, Ivy is designed to run design businesses more efficiently and profitably by providing tools to source products, create estimates, send invoices, manager vendor purchases and much more on desktop versions and an app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
“We are delighted to bring Ivy to Australian designers and provide them with a centralised platform on which to run an organised and efficient business. We’ve fully localised the platform for Australia, and will provide members with local service representatives. Ivy was built specifically to serve designers’ unique business needs and we look forward to building a strong Ivy community in this design-focused market,” says Ivy co-founder Alex Schinasi.
The platform offers a number of fabulous project management features including the ‘Project Tracker’ that allows designers to manage the products and services for a project in one place making it easier to track the all-important details.
Proposals and time tracking
The platform also manages proposals and time tracking. Designers can send customised proposals, tear sheets, invoices and purchase orders through the Ivy platform and time and expense entries can also be managed in one dashboard.
Ivy’s ‘Product Clipper’ enables designers to save all of the product specs and imagery for a project in their product library, eliminating the need for manual copying, pasting and downloading product information. Ivy’s ‘Room Boards’ tool enables designers to conceptualise and compile products and services by room for current and potential clients.
Vendor purchase management
Ivy’s dashboard also tracks order status across all projects, from purchased to shipped to delivered, in one place.
The Ivy app for iPhone, iPad and Android allows designers to manage multiple projects in one place and on the go with features including task management, real-time expense and time tracking, and talk-to-text note taking. Using augmented reality (AR), the app also captures and stores, with its built-in room measurement tool, accurate project dimensions for designers to reference when selecting products for a room.
Ivy’s community of users helps designers exchange industry ideas and ask questions.