Tips on Becoming a Pro Organizer
Professional organizing is a rapidly growing and exciting profession. And for good reason. Becoming a professional organizer is a great way to use your unique skills, run your own business, and help a lot of people along the way. When I coach new professional organizers on starting their businesses, I often hear the same questions:
- “How do I get started?”
- “I don’t have any experience, how do I land my first client?”
- “How much should I charge?”
If you’re interested in becoming a professional organizer, it can seem overwhelming. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
- Visit the website of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) as well as ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization). Both organizations provide online classes for all levels and specialties of organizing professionals.
- Search for presentations from past NAPO and ICD conferences. You can purchase and download past conference session recordings directly from the NAPO website. Past classes and conferences are available for ICD subscribers.
- Read organizing blogs. There is a wealth of information on different techniques and approaches to professional organizing.
- Visit your local library and borrow organizing books written by organizers with a variety of specialties.
- Become a member of NAPO and subscribe to ICD. Attend each organization’s conferences. Reach out to professional organizers and network.
- Consider becoming a certified professional organizer.
If you’re serious about becoming a professional organizer, sign up for one-on-one coaching over the phone. I will help you build and manage your client base, leverage your unique style to carve out a niche, grow your business and answer all of your specific questions on organizing and promoting your business.
The Client Intake, Assessment, and Activity Log is of particular value. I’ve worked with one of my own creation for several years, but found it lacking and have never taken the time to re-work it to my satisfaction. You’ve taken care of that for me! I really like the simplicity and straightforwardness of the Client Letter of Agreement. It definitely enhances any organizer’s professionalism, and I can modify it to reflect my own policies. ~ Diane Judd, Professional Organize Petaluma, CA