Did you know that anyone can be a professional organizer? Seriously! One day you can wake up and decide you want to be a professional organizer. And, BOOM, you are one. Now most people don’t just decide to become a professional organizer. They find that other people are asking for their advice on organizing. Or people have commented on their organizational abilities. And most people won’t just jump in to the world of organizing. They want training on how to become a professional organizer. So I am going to share my secret to professional organizer training that is far easier than you may think!
1. Do The Research For Your Professional Organizer Training
Any time someone asks me how to start an organizing business, or what trainings or courses I recommend for becoming a professional organizer, I always say DO THE RESEARCH! What I mean by that is do a quick Google search. Ask the question on Google. Read the articles to see what they recommend.
There are books on the topic of professional organizing. There are books about business. And there are tons of resources to help you start your own business that is service-based. A service-based business is a business that offers a service. Which is what professional organizers offer. A product-based business is a business that sells a physical (or digital) product. Those are things like clothing or e-books.
Below are some resources to help you with your research on professional organization:
Most of the time, they tell you that you do not need to do anything expect start! But I know you, and you want more than just the green light to start a business. So that’s when I recommend joining a mastermind group.
2. Join A Mastermind
A mastermind is a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to help each other succeed in business. By finding a mastermind group that serves professional organizers, you are going to get incredible advice on how to start an organizing business, be able to problem-solve with other organizers, grow your network, and more.
Over the years, I have been in countless mastermind groups. Each group helped me learn new skills.
The Organizing Experts Mastermind is a group of professional organizers and organizing experts all looking to:
- learn the ins and outs of the organizing business
- build a community and network of other organizers
- hold each other accountable
- challenge each other to grow our organizing businesses
- learn from other organizing experts
- talk with business owners in other fields that will support our organizing businesses
This mastermind is like no other mastermind out there because it caters specifically to organizing experts.
Did you know that professional organizing is truly unique in that it is not like any other service-based business? We may be lumped into the category of “cleaning” or “designer” but our businesses aren’t structured the same. That is why having a mastermind that focuses specifically on the needs of organizers is truly going to support you building your organizing business.
3. Do The Work For Your Training
There is no better training than real-life. So start offering to organize your friends’ homes. When I first started, I offered family and friends organizing sessions where I would organize an area of their home. In exchange, I was asked they allow me to share photos on Instagram and Facebook.
Set a timer for yourself so you know how long an area takes you to organize. When I was organizing friends and family, I would set a timer for myself so I could estimate for paying clients how long a specific project may take. When they asked how long does a kitchen take, I would say a typical kitchen takes me about x amount of hours. This gave them a ballpark of how much organizing an area of their home would cost.
Create a survey to give your friends about 2 weeks after your organizing session. Ask them if the organizing system you set up worked for them. What would they change? Is there anything that worked fantastic? Did you explain yourself so they could keep up with the organizing you created for them?
This feedback is super helpful so you know how to better communicate with paying clients. These surveys were my first reviews! I used things they shared to sell my services on social media and my website.
Professional Organizer Training
As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can get training as a professional organizer. But do not feel you have to spend a lot of time doing research and reading up on ways to become a professional organizer. Set a date that you want to start. Use that time to create a plan. I like this business plan because it is specific for professional organizers. Then get to work! Once that date comes, start your professional organizing business. When you decide you are going to do it, use that time you planned for training to be a professional organizer and then get started.
You can do the research to teach yourself how to run a service-based business. Doing the work is another way that you can get professional organizer training. Because you are actually doing what professional organizers do. And you can join a mastermind to learn all the secrets to training as a professional organizer. There are also courses out there that can help you build and grow your organizing business as well. I have listed a few below that you can check out!