Rank #1: 005 - Business Basics for Starting Your Professional Organization Business
In this episode, Lisa discusses the first few items on the Checklist to start your Professional Organization Business such as filing for an LLC, Business Insurance, EIN Numbers, Vendors Sales Tax License, Bank Accounts, PO Boxes and Business Cards.
Rank #2: 010 - How Much To Charge and How Much to Collect
Ah, the issue of money. How do you decide what is the right hourly rate? When will you collect? Let's listen in and hear what Lisa has learned about these important factors!
Rank #3: 014 - How to Organize
As a Professional Organizer, you probably know how to Organize, but organizing someone else can be intimidating. Lisa talks about how to organize anything - for anyone in this episode!
Rank #4: 006 - Branding and Niching Down Your Professional Organization Business
In this episode, Lisa discusses branding and niching down your Professional Organization Business. What will set you apart in the marketplace? Listen in to learn more!
Rank #5: 017 - How To Schedule Sessions and When to Hire Help
You've built such a strong business that you think it's time to add a few more people to help with the workload. Now what?? This episode discusses how to schedule your week and when you should hire helpers.
Rank #6: 008 - Consultations and Cancellations
What will your initial consultation look like? How will you handle cancellations? Listen in to learn what Lisa has to say about these two important factors when starting your business!
Rank #7: 007 - Business Basics for Starting Your Professional Organization Business
Let's talk about contracts! What should your contract contain? Listen in to learn more!
Rank #8: 013 - How Do You Get Happy Clients to Refer Your Services?
The easiest and most cost effective way to grow ANY business is through referrals. In this episode, Lisa shares how to get happy clients to refer you!
Rank #9: 015 - Setting the Pace with Your Clients
What if you are a jack rabbit and your client is a turtle? This episode discusses how to set the pace with your clients so you are both happy with a hard day's work!
Rank #10: 020 - HAP Organizing - Holly Perez
Holly is a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer, promoting her Professional Organization Business, as a partner with Organize 365.
In this week's podcast episode Lisa poses many questions to Holly, who is now in her second year in business. Holly decided to become a Professional Organizer working full time for a corporation, doing a job she loves. She never intended to set out to own her own business,but has been inspired by women who retired "from corporate life" in their 50s to work on their own businesses full time. She was a huge fan of Lisa Woodruff and Organize 365. She was feeling good and getting her house under control, and it made her curious to see what other organizing podcasts were out there. She stumbled on this podcast, when it was first released, was a listener and thought it would be fun as a career after she retired. Inspired by Organize 365, she decided to take the plunge!
Her advice for anyone considering becoming a Professional Organizer? "Listen to POTtank and suck up as much knowledge from that as possible to get started. Come to Lisa's live events to hear her motivate you in person and network with other POs. But really if you're starting a business yourself and you want to be your own boss you have to look inward, find your passion/your "why" and everything else can fall into place. Like Lisa says 'you are enough' - you have it in you to be what you want to be, so you have to find the confidence to know you're worth it and deserve it. Get to know yourself so you can develop a unique personal brand and go after clients that you will work with well. Having your own business means you don't have to work with anyone and everyone. Hiring a coach you can have one-on-one sessions with really helps with this personal development. Oh and don't compare yourself to the what everyone else is doing. There is no 'right way'. It does help to find a mentor/model who is only a tiny bit further than you in the process of starting the business."
One thing that Holly feels is unique about her business/services is her name. "I picked my name HAP Organizing Solutions to mean various things. On one hand it stands for my initials Holly A. Perez, but it really stands for Happy and Productive. This is the emotional base for what I'm offering to clients. It also can abbreviate Home offices and Paper. :) I use my corporate experience to focus on efficiency and streamlining the home's operations as if you were improving processes at work. It's about gaining savings of time and money. My philosophy is that we don't need to waste time/money on organizing products in order to make a significant impact. It's all about prioritizing the client's most impactful project to build momentum and experience the benefits right away."
Listen in as Holly and Lisa share what it's like to be a Professional Organizer today!
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Rank #11: 009 - Should you Add Cleaning to your Professional Organization Business?
Many Professional Organizers get asked to do House Cleaning jobs also. How will you decide if you want to add this to your Professional Organizing Business? Listen in to find out!
Rank #12: 016 - How Do You Organize Without the Client Home?
Working side by side with your client to help them eliminate the excess is easy, but what if they are away from home while you are there working? This episode discusses how to organize for the client when they are not home!
Rank #13: 018 - Photo Organization Services
Lisa talks about adding photo organization services to your service offerings in this episode.
To learn more about Organize 365's photo organization services, click here: https://organize365.com/photo-organization-album-making/
Rank #14: 012 - How to Use Networking Groups to Grow Your Business
There really is a science to networking that makes it work. Just showing up doesn't cut it. Listen in while Lisa shares some helpful tips on making networking work for you.
Rank #15: 021 - Her Kind By Design - Lauren Wolf
In this week's podcast episode, Lisa Woodruff interviews Lauren Wolf of Her Kind By Design. Lauren has been a Professional Organizer for almost a year, is Certified by Organize 365 as a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer and she is Certified to teach the Direct Sales Workbox and all of the Organize 365 Binders.
She lives in Leland, NC with her husband and two pre-teen children, Jack and Lily.
Lauren found Lisa when she was Googling how to organize kids school papers and stumbled upon her blogpost and podcast. She has been a faithful listener ever since.
When asked what her advice is for anyone who is thinking about starting a Professional Organizer, she says, "Just start. Right where you are. Live the methods you teach and talk to people. The websites, logos, newsletters, etc. will come. Just go for it!"
Lauren is passionate about helping parents of children with medical needs, helping them find "control over the chaos."
Listen in this week as Lauren shares her story of her first year as the CEO of Her Kind By Design!