A Day in the Life: Project Manager for Interior Design Firm

9:00 a.m.: Arrive at office. Review messages from clients and vendors. Check schedule for meetings and top priorities. Sort through paperwork and yesterday's mail.

10:00 a.m.: Contact vendors regarding status of outstanding orders. Check availability on fabrics head designer has chosen. Create shopping list for out-of-stock materials. File paperwork. Order acknowledgments pour in daily, so if you miss even one day of filing the paperwork will get out of control!

11:00 a.m.: Run out to meet with vendor to approve a finish sample. Once you've signed off, the piece will be completed and you are responsible for ensuring the finish is as specified.

12:00 p.m.: Grab lunch on the way back to the office. It has to be something quick, since you have a site meeting at 1:30 and still need to run by the office to grab your plans and files.

1:00 p.m.: Dash into the office to gather up files, fabric samples and furniture plans. Head to meeting at construction site with head designer and clients.

1:30 p.m.: Arrive at the site meeting right on time. The clients are running late. Walk through the construction site, take note of door widths and heights to ensure furniture will fit through spaces at the final installation, and adjust measurements as necessary.

2:00 p.m.: Walk through site with client and head designer. Take notes, to be typed and distributed later. Field questions from architect and contractor. Answer client's concerns about budgetary issues.

5:00 p.m.: Head back to the office. Unpack bags, write reminder notes regarding architect and contractor's questions about lighting counts and floor finishes. Scan messages and paperwork that collected while you were out of the office. Return urgent phone calls and make to-do list for tomorrow.

6:00 p.m.: Head home!