There is a ton of information online, including this blog, to help you start or grow a professional organizing business, but spending time researching various topics and sifting through all the search results can be very time-consuming. Even if you have lots of time on your hands, if you don’t know that you need to learn about a particular subject, how can you even begin to explore it?
Anne Blumer solves that problem for you with her new book, Get Rich Organizing: The Professional Organizer Survival Guide to Launch, Manage, and Grow a Profitable Business. As a seasoned professional organizer with multiple certifications and founder of the Institute for Professional Organizers, Anne is certainly qualified to write about this subject!
The book contains a wealth of up-to-date information on working in the organizing industry, including certification, membership in industry associations, professional organizer specialties, desired characteristics, and even what’s involved in a typical day. In addition, it covers topics that are important for all businesses, such as writing a business plan, setting fees, legal and taxation issues, as well as marketing and branding.
That in itself would make this a useful reference, but Anne does not stop there.
The second part of the book is devoted to specific aspects of working with clients. Many of the books I’ve read do not address the organizing process, assuming that you wouldn’t become a professional organizer unless you already had organizing skills, but there is a world of difference between organizing for family and friends while you hang out together and organizing for strangers who are paying you good money for your expertise! This book will help to prepare you for a wide range of organizing projects and challenging clients and help you avoid embarrassing or costly mistakes.
The thorough information is supplemented by a dozen forms you can adapt as needed for your own business, for needs assessments, letters of agreement, and much more.
Most chapters include exercises to encourage you to put the information into practice, and in some cases, the assignment is to prepare a workshop based on the information in the chapter. I especially like this approach, because having material already developed means you’ll be able to accept when someone asks you to speak on short notice.
Does the title “Get Rich Organizing” put you off? It shouldn’t! Sure, running your own organizing business is all about doing what you love, but you won’t be in business very long if you’re not making money at it. And if you can get rich while you’re doing it, wouldn’t that be a good thing?
I have to admit that I was shocked when I first saw the price of the book, but now that I’ve read it and seen how packed it is with valuable information and resources, I am confident that it will help you earn back the cover price many times over.