Are you here because you want to learn more about the organizing industry? On the other hand, perhaps you’re wondering if you have what it takes to become a professional organizer and if decluttering and organizing peoples’ homes is the correct career choice. Take my Become a Professional Organizer Quiz to help you decide. There are no right or wrong answers. If you answer TRUE to most of the questions, there is a good chance that becoming a professional organizer is right for you.
If you know you want to become a professional organizer but aren’t sure where to start, keep reading. My blog is full of resources, tips, tactics, techniques, and checklists just for you. Firstly, start with the “Top 10 Must-Read Articles for New Organizers.” Next, check out my best-selling business kit for professional organizers, the New Organizers’ Essentials kit.
Once you have a better idea of how to set up your business, consider joining the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and enrolling in NAPO University. I teach a few of their classes, and the courses are available on demand.
Read This Section if You’re Ready to Take Your Business to The Next Level
I work with (many!) organizers who have developed successful businesses, but sometimes they need advice on reaching new customers or changing their business model. If you feel you’ve already mastered the business basics of professional organizing and you’re ready to offer new services, grow, and scale your business, book an Ask Me Anything Coaching Call.
Is Professional Organizing Your Second Career?
Professional organizing is one of the fastest-growing industries. Many organizers discover their talent for organizing in their first (sometimes second and third) career before deciding to transition into organizing full-time.
Learn how I’ve helped others just like you
I’ve helped hundreds of professional organizers worldwide learn about the organizing industry and how to build successful businesses. See what others have to say about my professional organizer coaching and products.
Here’s the Next Thing on Your To-Do List
If the results of the Become a Professional Organizer quiz indicate you have the desire and aptitude, here is the next step. Book a one-on-one personal, private coaching with me. It is the best option for professional organizers who want direct answers to specific questions. My coaching calls are a little different for everyone because I custom-fit each session. The best part about it is… You can ask me anything! I’m here to help you:
- Build and manage your client base
- Rebrand or change the focus of your business
- Leverage your unique style and talents to create a niche
- Design professional marketing materials and gain media exposure
- Define strategic goals to grow your business
I’ve been organizing, consulting, and advising small business owners since 2002. I know what works. I understand where organizers should focus their time, energy, and money to see the best results. I’ll help you increase your income and improve your productivity.
Is that something you’d like help with? Book a personalized coaching session with me!
Hiring a Team of Professional Organizers? You’ll Need the “Team Management Essentials Kit.”
Some jobs are too big for one person. Perhaps you’re turning away business because you couldn’t make a deadline. Building a team and hiring independent contractors is the quickest way to expand your client base, take more jobs, and increase your income.
For me, the results were amazing. But the best part was working in the company of other like-minded professionals. I’ve created the perfect product to help you build your team. My Team Management Essentials kit includes:
- Communication templates for hiring your team
- A subcontractor screening form
- Printable team and vendor contact worksheets
- Instructions to clearly communicate project logistics
- Team checklists and best practices
- A sample conference call summary
- Client approval forms
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I’ve helped many family members, neighbors, and friends organize their homes. Finally, one of them said, “Geralin, start charging for these services; you have a business.” I created Metropolitan Organizing®, LLC and gathered a top-notch team of home organization experts who provide professional home and home-office organizing services to clients in and around Raleigh, North Carolina.
Besides my expertise in overcoming the complexities of disorganization, I coach new home organizing consultants and productivity professionals from around the world. I share my insights and offer expert advice on practically every aspect of the industry. You may have seen my body of work published in an array of national magazines or featured on A&E’s Hoarders, The Nate Berkus Show, The Today Show, or South Africa’s The Home Channel.
In 2010, I earned the highest level of certification in the professional organizing field as a Level V Master Trainer, CPO-CD. Then, in 2013 I was named the Best Chronic Disorganization Expert in the organizing industry. And in 2018 I received the President’s Award from the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.
This article was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.