From estimating start-up costs and finding clients to how to stay profitable even in slow economic climates, this book takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based professional organizing business. Whether you're just starting to explore your options for a home-based business or are an organizing wizard looking to be your own boss, each chapter will guide you on how to build your own successful organizing business. Look for useful charts and worksheets throughout the book, including:Start-Up Costs ChecklistClient Intake FormAssessment Visit/Working AgreementSample InvoiceMarketing Plan Worksheet
About the Author
Dawn Noble, president and founder of Balance & Beyond, is a registered nurse and professional organizer. Dawn established Balance & Beyond to assist individuals in learning the basics of de-cluttering, organizing, and time management, helping them create more satisfying, healthier lives. She has coached many individuals and small-business owners in creating more efficient, more productive environments. She has trained and educated individuals in the art of Professional Organizing and coaches new entrepreneurs in the art of establishing and growing their small business. Dawn has spoken publicly to hundreds of local groups and clubs as well as many corporate clients. Dawn developed the Professional Organizer training courses, manuals and policy guidelines used by top organizer Julie Morgenstern. Dawn has been quoted and written about in the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, Princeton Packet, Trenton Times and many others. Dawn’s business and her techniques will be featured in the February 2006 issue of Parenting magazine.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: So You Think You Want to be a Professional Organizer?
What is a Professional Organizer?
What skills/qualifications/certifications do I need?
What type of organizing should I do?
How do I set up a business?
How do I know I can run a business?
What will this cost me?
How much money can I make?
How do I find clients?
Where do I go from here?
Chapter 2: Getting Set Up The Office Phone Line, Fax Line, Computer Hook-Up Office space in Your Home Your Business Filing System Client Database Management The Legal Naming the Business Creating a Business Entity: DBA, LLC ?
Local & Federal business requirements Insurance Needs Bonding The Financial Setting up Bank Accounts Establishing Your Book Keeping Tax Prep The Look Logo Design/Stationery Business Cards Brochure
30 Second Commercial Web Site Development The Client Setting your Rates Establishing your Policies Your Working Agreement or Contract Client Forms
Chapter 3: Finding the Clients Creating a Plan to Generate Clients Networking Opportunities Ready, Set, Grow!
Business Networking Groups Social Clubs and Groups Speaking Locally Marketing Ideas The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Direct Mail Doorknob Hangers E-mail Spam Newletters Advertising Avenues This Will Cost How Much?
Phone Book Newspapers & Magazines Newsletters Writing Articles Having Articles Written About You Press Releases Speaking Events Don’t Be Shy, Now’s Your Chance!
Answering the Call Your first conversation with prospective clients
Chapter 4: Working With the Client The Assessment Visit Estimating the Job Signing the Client on for Service Setting the Work Schedule Creating a Plan for Each Client The Emotional Journey of Organizing
Chapter 5: Polishing Your Skills
4 Steps to Organizing Anything!
Paperwork Power It is "Professional” Organizing Keeping Credibility The Human Component Tips & Techniques of the Trade Your Work Bag Contents
Chapter 6: Product Selections/ Training & Certification Finding the Best Products at the Best Price Selling Product to Your Client Creating Starter Kits Resale Requirements Resources of All Kinds
Chapter 7: Ready, Set, Grow!
Why Grow the Business?
Is It the Right Time?
Financial & Legal Requirements for Employees Maintaining Credibility & Quality Developing Policy & Procedure Increased Demands on All Aspects of the Business
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