The organizing industry is such a versatile market. There’s lots of ways to make money, but you have to find the one that works best for you. Knowing what you love to do (and what you don’t love to do), and then design your business around it is a first step. Ask yourself…
...What do you love to do?
If you love working with the public then hands on organizing would be a great choice. Two great ways to get clients are public speaking and networking.
Public speaking at community centers, business associations, and local clubs are just a few venues that love, and always need new speakers (especially ones that educate their members on a skill). You can offer your services for a nominal fee or at your hourly rate.
Networking is a great way to share business. It can be a time commitment, but ultimately will reward you with new clients. You can often get a platform to talk about your business to the group.
…What do you hate doing?
Now, if you don’t particularly like working with the public or their “stuff,” then hands on work might not be for you. Consider writing or an online business.
Writing on a blog or self-publishing an eBooks is becoming quite the lucrative business model. Many blog services are free, and some of the best organizing books are self-published.
Online business models through affiliate programs or social media marketing can be a great route. If you’re tech savvy and prefer to sit behind a computer, then an online business might be a good fit.
When designing your business, consider your strengths and what you’re good at. The key is to design your business to work for you, not against you.
Megan Spears, organizer and coach with Disorder2Order located in Hood River Oregon. Megan has been organizing small business clients and individuals with ADD/ADHD since 2004. Megan is a member of The National Association of Professional Organizers, (NAPO) and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Megan is also the PTO President for her two boys elementary school and an active volunteer. In 2011, she received Volunteer of the Year award from the Hood River County School District. To learn more about Megan Spears or Disorder2Order visit www.disorder2order.com.
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