The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to become a professional organizer including:
How to Organize
- The steps involved in organizing, beginning with assessing the situation or problem
- Deciding whether a possession is a treasure, tool, toy or trash
- How to organize individuals, including getting paid to help people with:
- Determining their priorities
- Time management
- How to organize homes, including:
- Furniture placement
- Dealing with clutter
- Storage solutions
- How to organize each area of the home:
- Bedroom organizing
- Family and living room organizing
- Bathroom organizing
- Dining room organizing
- Kitchen organizing
- Home office organizing
- Closet organizing
- Laundry room organizing
- Garage organizing
- Attic and basement organizing
- How to organize businesses, including:
- Identifying waste (business systems that are wasting time or money)
- Organizing workspaces (e.g. determining where the desk and equipment should be placed to increase productivity)
- Developing systems for handling data such as email and databases
- Developing filing systems to control paperwork
- Helping companies develop systems for project management
Starting a Professional Organizing Business
- How to start a professional organizing business with little or no money
- Information about business matters affecting professional organizers such as setting up a home office, licenses, insurance, etc.
- How to decide on a name for your professional organizing business
- Identifying potential clients for your professional organizing business
- Pricing your services, with answers to questions you may have, including:
- What is an average hourly rate for professional organizers?
- Should I charge a project fee?
- Should I charge different amounts for consulting and hands-on organizing work?
- Should I offer a free consultation?
- Who pays for the supplies my clients need?
- Who pays for traveling costs?
- Can I charge a deposit?
- When and how should I get paid?
- What you need to know about preparing proposals for professional organizing work
- How to market your services to individuals and corporations
- Helpful samples (such as what to say when talking with a prospective client of your professional organizing business, sample contract, sample invoice, and more)
PLUS, you will discover:
- How to increase your income by presenting organizing seminars or publishing a booklet of organizing tips
- Valuable resources for professional organizers (including links to associations and publications)
- How to develop the professional organizing skills that clients are looking for
- An overview of organizing specializations to help you decide what type of professional organizer to be
- Sample forms and worksheets to use with organizing clients including:
- Sample task planning worksheets
- Sample time activity log
- Sample personal organizational assessment
- Sample workplace organizational assessment
- Home organizing tools including a sample room analysis form
- Samples of what you need to launch your professional organizing business, including:
- Sample rate sheet for professional organizing services
- Sample invoice for a professional organizing business
- Sample script for talking to prospective clients of your professional organizing business
- Sample contracts for an individual client or a corporate client
- Sample marketing materials, including a sample press release, organizing article and organizing tip for a booklet
- Sample template for doing a presentation
- Sample professional organizer client feedback form
- And more!
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