How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing Business simply and comprehensively educates the reader on how to turn a passion for clean closets and labeled bins into a profitable business. Professional Organizer Dawn Noble shows budding entrepreneurs how to establish their business and begin taking ...
How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing Business simply and comprehensively educates the reader on how to turn a passion for clean closets and labeled bins into a profitable business. Professional Organizer Dawn Noble shows budding entrepreneurs how to establish their business and begin taking clients immediately. The book’s focus is on achieving profitability, and covers business plans, record keeping, and legal issues as well as the creative side of the business.
Dawn Noble, president and founder of Balance & Beyond, is a registered nurse and professional organizer who has coached many small-business owners about growing their businesses. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Chapter 1: So You Think You Want to be a Professional Organizer? What is a Professional Organizer?
What skills/qualifications/certifications do I need?
What type of organizing should I do?
How do I set up a business?
How do I know I can run a business?
What will this cost me?
How much money can I make?
How do I find clients?
Where do I go from here?
Chapter 2: Getting Set Up
Phone Line, Fax Line, Computer Hook-Up
Office space in Your Home
Your Business Filing System
Client Database Management
Naming the Business
Creating a Business Entity: DBA, LLC…?
Local & Federal business requirements
Setting up Bank Accounts
Establishing Your Book Keeping
30 Second Commercial
Web Site Development
Setting your Rates
Establishing your Policies
Your Working Agreement or Contract
Chapter 3: Finding the Clients
Creating a Plan to Generate Clients
Networking Opportunities – Ready, Set, Grow!
Business Networking Groups
Social Clubs and Groups
Marketing Ideas – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Advertising Avenues – This Will Cost How Much?
Newspapers & Magazines
Having Articles Written About You
Speaking Events – Don’t Be Shy, Now’s Your Chance!
Answering the Call
Your first conversation withprospective clients
Chapter 4: Working With the Client
The Assessment Visit
Estimating the Job
Signing the Client on for Service
Setting the Work Schedule
Creating a Plan for Each Client
The Emotional Journey of Organizing
Chapter 5: Polishing Your Skills
4 Steps to Organizing Anything!
It is “Professional” Organizing – Keeping Credibility
The Human Component
Tips & Techniques of the Trade
Your Work Bag – Contents
Chapter 6: Product Selections/ Training & Certification
Finding the Best Products at the Best Price
Selling Product to Your Client
Creating Starter Kits
Resources of All Kinds
Chapter 7: Ready, Set, Grow!
Why Grow the Business?
Is It the Right Time?
Financial & Legal Requirements for Employees
Maintaining Credibility & Quality
Developing Policy & Procedure
Increased Demands on All Aspects of the Business