I have loved to organize ever since I was a little girl. Yes, I’ve heard that it can be a learned skill, but I have had a passion for it from the earliest time I can remember. I hear this same thing, a lot, from my fellow professional organizer friends. How fun it is to have a job, and be able to make money doing what I absolutely love! But unfortunately, I’ve learned that to make “Organizing” a profession, A LOT more is involved, than just having a knack for organizing!
I started "cleaning and organizing", back in about 2000, thanks to my bestest buddy. My 5 kids were finally all is school full time and we had just recently moved back to expensive California! I wanted to do something to bring in some extra money, where I could just work while my kids were at school. My childhood friend, Audge told me I should do something with that passion she knew I had and told me I should “organize” for people. I laughed because that wasn’t, like a real job! But Audge ended up telling all her “mom friends” about my amazing skills and set my first “jobs” for me!!
I charged a whopping $10 to $15 an hour and worked my butt off! It was exhausting! I was scrubbing floors, cleaning toilets, doing dishes and then organizing everything around me. It was SUCH hard work and for so little money. I started to really hate the cleaning part. I just wanted to organize. But again, that wasn’t how it worked or so I thought.
I did this off and on for a few years. But in 2008 I had an opportunity to purchase a “real” business and something that would make real money. Since it was a franchise I was actually taught HOW to run a business, which I am so grateful for now! I did this business for almost 7 years. There were things I liked about it, but so much I hated. It was NOT anything I had a passion for. I didn’t wake up excited about the day ahead of me, like I wanted and I was really feeling the need for a change.
So when this business was at it’s peak and really starting to bring in some decent money, I informed my husband that I couldn’t do it one more day and that I was selling the franchise. I was going to go back to doing what I loved. This time I was going to just focus on organizing. Knowing how little money it brought in and that I would have to find clients all over again, he was NOT thrilled. But he wanted me to be happy so we said good-bye to the money I was bringing in and I got online and started doing a little research.
I came across NAPO.net, National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. There was actually an organization for people who were actually, Professional Organizers!!
I joined right away and this is the first thing I suggest you do if you want to start an organizing business and just don’t know where to start.
For those of you who are seriously wanting to become an organizer, let me share with you a few things that I have learned and let you know about some things that are important to do.
Join NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers)
http://www.napo.net This is a place where we all learn from each other. There are monthly meetings at local chapters, yearly conferences, events, training, book clubs and a million classes you can take, teaching you, basically, how to be a better organizer and ideas of how to be better at running your business. If you choose, you can even become a Certified Professional Organizer.
Get a Business License, Domain and Website!
Come up with a business name ASAP. Keep in mind that you are going need a website, and that website is going to need a domain name that reflects your business name. For example, my business name is Organize Simply. My Domain name is OrganizeSimply.com