At Organization Junkie, we clearly have a passion for organization. If you have a passion for organization, then you also have the potential to become a professional organizer! Organization is a career that is incredibly satisfying for someone who loves helping others. Here’s what you need to know to become a professional organizer in your own community.
Do I need training to become a professional organizer?
The short answer is yes, there is training involved, but in order to become a Certified Professional Organizer you have to have over 1500 hours of paid work experience first. So in order to get started, just get started. There are many helpful resources to help you get started, such as books and webinars. Check out the FabJob Guide to Become a Professional Organizer available at Amazon.
Training is obviously a good thing for anyone who wants to start a career in professional organization, but anyone with a passion for organization can get started without forking out money for expensive classes. The key is to market yourself and your passion for organization!
How do I find clients?
In today’s world, if you have a business, you need a website. And a Facebook page, Instagram account, and Pinterest account! Any way that you can put yourself and your business on social media, consider doing so. Showcase your own organization abilities by giving out a few tips and tricks on social media. Any buzz you can generate can lead to face-to-face clients. Send out email newsletters and give community classes to generate business at low cost to you.
What is the best way to start helping a new client?
A professional organizer conducts a quick meeting either in person or over the phone to get to know the client, and vice-versa. Find out what they see themselves needing from you and how quickly they need the job done. Next, meet with new clients in their home so you can fully assess the job and how much time will be required. Schedule times when the client is available so you can work alongside them to accomplish the job. One of the best things a professional organizer does is teach clients how to organize themselves, so they can use what they learn to stay organized long after the job is done!
If you’re still interested in becoming a professional organizer, go for it. Turn that passion into profits!