Start & Run a Home Staging Business

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The home staging industry offers one of the fastest growing small-business opportunities today. As sophisticated home buyers are demanding “move-in ready” homes with minimal renovations needed, home stagers are hired to help sell the homes quickly and for top dollar.Author Dana J. Smithers offers insider tips on all aspects of the home staging industry to help you start your business and create a successful and profitable marketing plan. A CD-ROM includes worksheets and checklists including sample proposals, ...
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Overview

The home staging industry offers one of the fastest growing small-business opportunities today. As sophisticated home buyers are demanding “move-in ready” homes with minimal renovations needed, home stagers are hired to help sell the homes quickly and for top dollar.Author Dana J. Smithers offers insider tips on all aspects of the home staging industry to help you start your business and create a successful and profitable marketing plan. A CD-ROM includes worksheets and checklists including sample proposals, inventory agreements, and a space planning grid.
The book addresses key topics applicable to start-up home stagers, including:

Determining market opportunities
Start-up costs
Choosing your services
Creating strategic alliances
Maintaining client relations
Writing proposals, bids, and invoices

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770400559
  • Publisher: Self-Counsel Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Series: Start and Run A Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 601,358
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
1 Getting Started 1
1. Determining If This Is the Right Business for You 1
1.1 Creative talents and physical abilities 1
1.2 Skills and attributes 2
2. Setting Your Goals 4
2.1 SMART goals 4
2.2 Determine your revenue streams 4
2 Developing Your Business Plan 7
1. What Goes into the Business Plan 7
1.1 Executive summary 8
1.2 Defining your vision and mission statements 8
1.3 History and background 10
1.4 Operations and description of the business 10
1.5 Market research and sales plans 12
1.6 Financial plan 12
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1.7 Forecasts and projections 13
2. Revisiting Your Business Plan 13
3 Market Research 16
1. Researching the Competition 16
1.1 Your competitors as collaborators 17
2. Researching Your Target Markets 17
2.1 Home sellers 18
2.2 Realtors 21
2.3 Home builders 21
4 Legal Business Requirements 23
1. Business Name 23
1.1 Deciding on a tagline or slogan for your business 24
1.2 Business name approval 24
1.3 Business name registration 26
2. Business Number 26
3. Choosing Your Company Structure 27
3.1 Sole proprietorship 27
3.2 Partnership 27
3.3 Incorporation 28
4. Business License 29
5. Business Taxes 29
5.1 Federal sales taxes 29
5.2 State and provincial sales taxes 30
5.3 Income tax 30
5 Insurance 31
1. Home Insurance 31
2. Business Insurance: Commercial Liability 32
3. Cost of Your Inventory Coverage 33
4. Rental Furnishing Company’s Coverage 33
5. Workers’ Compensation 33
6. Critical Injury or Disability 34
7. Vehicle Insurance 34
Contents v
6 Branding Your Business 35
1. Why Your Brand Is Important 35
2. Establishing Your Brand Image 36
3. Your Brand Image Will Change over Time 36
4. Trademarking Your Brand 36
5. Key Marketing Pieces Needed to Secure Your Image 38
7 Marketing and Advertising Your Business 40
1. Marketing Strategies 41
2. Networking 41
2.1 How to network 42
2.2 Tips for positive networking 43
2.3 Benefits of business networking memberships 44
2.4 Social media networking 47
3. Advertising 48
3.1 Article submissions 49
3.2 Media releases 50
3.3 Other creative advertising ideas 50
4. Presentations 51
4.1 Different types of venues for public talks 51
4.2 Types of presentations 52
4.3 Paying workshops 55
5. Trade Shows 56
6. Auctions and Golf Tournaments 57
7. Open Houses 58
7.1 Realtor open houses for home buyers 58
7.2 Realtor open houses for realtors 58
7.3 Other realtors’ open houses 58
8. Retail Locations for Promoting Your Business 58
8.1 Fitness centers or gyms 58
8.2 Home decor stores 59
8.3 Coffee shops and restaurants 59
9. Television 59
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8 Marketing Tools 60
1. Promotional Materials — Print 60
1.1 Business cards 60
1.2 Postcards and rack cards 62
1.3 Flyers 62
1.4 Brochures 63
1.5 Greeting cards 63
1.6 Portfolio 63
1.7 Marketing binder 64
1.8 File or presentation folders 64
1.9 Direct-mail campaigns 64
2. Promotional Materials — Electronic 65
2.1 Website 65
2.2 Social networks 67
2.3 Ezines and e-newsletters 67
2.4 E-articles 68
9 Start-up Costs and Monthly Expenses 69
1. Income 69
1.1 Calculating annual income to weekly income 70
1.2 Calculating monthly income from weekly income 70
2. Standard Start-up Costs: Expenses 70
10 Services Offered by Home Stagers 76
1. Consultations 76
1.1 Free consultations 77
1.2 Realtor gift certificate consultations 80
1.3 In-depth home staging consultation 80
1.4 Color consultations 82
2. Recommendations and Reports 82
2.1 Client records recommendations 83
2.2 Your recorded recommendations 83
2.3 Detailed recommendation report 83
2.4 Open house or viewing checklist 84
Contents vii
3. Professional Organizing and Prepack Services 84
3.1 Downsizing recommendations 94
4. Sourcing for Rental Furnishings 95
4.1 Sourcing from rental furnishing companies 95
4.2 Sourcing from your own inventory 98
5. Shopping 101
6. Hands-on Staging or Installation 101
7. MLS and Internet Photos 102
8. Open-House Ready Check-in 102
9. Pack up — Destaging 102
10. Other Related Home Staging Services 103
10.1 Interior decorating or interior design 103
10.2 Project management 103
10.3 Move-ins 103
11 Pricing Guidelines 105
1. Hourly Pricing 106
2. Detailed Recommendation Report Pricing 106
3. Proposal or Bid Pricing 107
3.1 Bid for services only 108
3.2 Services with rentals 108
4. Exclusive Realtor-Arrangement Pricing 108
12 Sales Cycle for Home Staging Services 115
1. Typical Sales Cycle 116
1.1 Prospecting 116
1.2 Qualifying 116
1.3 Consultation 118
1.4 Features and benefits 119
1.5 Testimonials 119
1.6 Handling objections 120
1.7 Information Packages 121
1.8 Closing the sale 126
1.9 Invoicing 126
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1.10 Signing the agreement 127
1.11 Receiving final payment 135
2. Follow-up 135
13 Hiring Contractors versus Hiring Employees 136
1. Home Staging Contractors 137
1.1 Pay rates for home staging contractors 137
1.2 Qualifications of home staging contractors 138
2. Home Staging Employees 139
2.1 Pay rates for employees 139
3. Other Considerations When Hiring Contractors or Employees 140
14 Building Strategic Alliances 141
1. Identifying Your Strategic Alliances 141
2. Disclaimer for Strategic Alliances 143
3. Discounts and Referral Fees from Strategic Alliances 143
3.1 Marking up products 143
4. Joint Ventures 143
15 Bookkeeping and Invoicing 145
1. Setting up Your Business Bank Account 145
2. Bookkeeping and Filing 146
2.1 Software packages 146
2.2 Bookkeepers 146
2.3 Accountants 146
2.4 Filing systems 146
3. Forms of Payment 147
3.1 Cash or check payment 147
3.2 Credit card payments 147
3.3 Internet and online banking 148
16 Your Home Office 149
1. Setting Up Your Home Office 149
1.1 Home phone 149
1.2 Cell phone 149
Contents ix
1.3 Toll-free numbers 150
1.4 Computers and software packages 150
1.5 Desk setup 150
2. Professionalism at Home 151
2.1 Dress the part 151
2.2 Set office hours 151
3. Getting Rid of the Home-Office Blues 152
17 The Stage Is Set 153
1. Celebrating Your Successes 153
2. Working with Affirmations 153
3. Get Connected 154
4. Working with Coaches or Mentors 154
Samples
1 Revenue Streams 6
2 Newsletter Sign-up Sheet 52
3 PowerPoint Presentation 53
4 Realtor Presentation 55
5 Calculating Annual Income from Weekly Income 71
6 Calculating Monthly Income from Weekly Income 72
7 Features and Benefits of Home Staging 120
8 Record Keeping 147
Forms
1 Client Consultation 78
2 Client Consent 80
3 Recommendation Report 84
4 Detailed Recommendation Report 85
5 Open House or Viewing Checklist 91
6 Inventory List 97
7 Inventory Cross-Check List 99
8 Proposal Estimate for Services Only 109
9 Proposal Estimate with Rental Inventory 112
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10 Generic Information Package 123
11 Invoice for Services Only 128
12 Invoice with Rentals 129
13 Rental Inventory Agreement 130
14 All-in-One Rental Services Agreement 132
Exercises
1 Self-assessment for Home Stagers 3
2 Determining Your Vision 9
3 Determining Your Company's Mission Statement 11
4 Business Plan 14
5 Comparison Chart for Existing Home Staging Businesses 18
6 What Is Your Competitive Advantage? 19
7 What Type of Clients Do You Want to Work with? 20
8 Choosing Your Company Name 25
9 Your Brand's Characteristics and Personality Traits 37
10 Creating Your Elevator Speech 44
11 Networking Comparison Chart 46
12 Business Cards: Your Likes and Dislikes 62
13 Websites: Your Likes and Dislikes 67
14 Determining Your Desired Weekly Income 71
15 Determining Your Desired Monthly Income 72
16 Six-Month Worksheet for Income versus Expenses 75
17 Home Staging Services You Will Offer 104
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