Ask the Organizer: What Do I Need to Start an Organizing Business?

Ask the Organizer: What Do I Need to Start an Organizing Business?

 *This post originally appeared on Help-Organize-Life.com 

 

Ask the Organizer: Samantha Pointer-FoxxQ:

Hello,

My name is Beth, and I am a student in an Entrepreneurial class. We are writing business plans right now, and I have decided to write one for a professional organizer. I have been an organized person my whole life and can see myself really starting a business like this. I was wondering if you could provide me with any advice or additional information on how to go about writing this plan. Are there any very important things I should be sure to include in the plan? What struggles have you faced in this market?

Thank you so much!

A:Hello,
You can find out more about becoming a professional organizer at www.naponashville.com/blog under the “Become a P.O.” page and find out what books you need and other helpful information.

The most important things are to have is a business license, a separate bank account, general liability insurance and accounting software. You don’t need a big office since most of your work is done on location with your client.

There are a couple of struggles you may run into when getting started like finding what you really like to do in the organizing field and finding clients who fit what you offer. You constantly need to market your business in order to grow. And not everyone is a client believe it or not. As you get started in the field you will learn what type of organizing you like to do and what you don’t care for.

I personally after many years in business had struggles with burnout. I was doing way to many clients and it all became too much. By taking a step back and assessing what I wanted and how I saw my business evolving I was able to scale back and taylor my business to my life and not the other way around. Now I really enjoy all of my clients and they get my very best because I love what I do.

I hope that helps!
Samantha

 

Ask the Organizer: How Do I Keep My Desk Clutter Free Forever?

Ask the Organizer: How Do I Keep My Desk Clutter Free Forever?

 *This post originally appeared on Help-Organize-Life.com 

 

Ask the Organizer: Samantha Pointer-FoxxQ: I clean and declutter my desk and dining room table every few months, and every few months the clutter is back. How do I keep these areas clutter free during the busy work and school years?

by bluegreen
(Wayne)

A:One thing you are doing right is decluttering every few months. But to keep from having your desk and dining room table become clutter magnets and pile back up you need to have a system in place to put things that usually accumulate and cause the clutter in the first place. For kids papers and drawing during the school year you need to have bins or file folders for each kid that can act as a catchall. Then at the end of the month you can look through and throw away what is not relevant anymore or scan in what you need to keep and toss it once scanned. The same goes for your dining room table. If you put back what you have brought out to work on and have a folder to catch the different information as it comes into your home this will help to keep your dining room table clutter free. Remember that if you do a little tidying of these two areas each day it won’t pile up and it will stay clutter free forever. I hope this helps.
Samantha