You know it’s true: you can’t do it all yourself. Even if you spend all your time drinking coffee and holing up in your office blogging, you’ll still reach a point of no return: you’ll get big enough to need some help with creating content, engaging with followers, and building readership. That’s a good thing, […]
I’ve had the privilege of working with quite a few professional organizers, and I know that many of you struggle with the same challenges as your clients. As small business owners, you hold a multitude of responsibilities, and there are only so many hours to go around. If you’re already nodding your head, you’ll want […]
The first week of November is Canada Career Week, and this year’s theme is “Live By Design.” Since the purpose of this annual event is to help Canadians make decisions about their working life, I’ve decided to share some information about my own career and how I came to be a virtual assistant.
Most of us start out as not just the business owner, but the entire staff. If something needs to be done, we do it! Even when things reach the point where you can’t expand your business unless you start building a team, it’s best to limit your staff to a few key people, as Mishka […]
Have you ever had a blog post idea fall into your lap? That’s what happened to me. I was searching for a Creative Commons image for another project when I came upon this one. In this sketch, Sacha Chua identifies the top ten excuses for not blogging, and counters each one with one or more […]
No matter what types of jobs you’ve held in the past, when starting your organizing business, you’ll often find yourself filling the roles of salesperson, customer service rep, webmaster, office manager, and many others. This is a fairly practical solution, as it’s hard to justify paying someone else to perform these functions when you have […]
Most business owners juggle many responsibilities. As well as being a professional organizer, you probably act as salesperson, bookkeeper, webmaster, and every other job that comes up. As your business grows, you find yourself putting in longer and longer days in order to get all your work done. But how do you know when it’s […]
I’ve met a lot of professional organizers and other entrepreneurs over the years and, sadly, many of them are no longer in business. In most cases, it wasn’t that they weren’t good at what they did, but because they just weren’t passionate about it. Debbie Pendell is someone who clearly has that passion, and I […]
Last week I posted my answers to the social media questions that members of the Halton-Peel Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada recently asked me. As promised, this week I’m posting the rest of their questions, along with my answers.
Although December is the busiest month in the retail industry, as a professional organizer, you may find that business is slow at this time of year, as clients are busy with holiday shopping, parties, and preparations. Why not take advantage of this downtime to review your activities and achievements over the past year?
Although some organizers are extra busy in the summer, for others, work seems to slow right down while their clients are in vacation mode. Fortunately, there are many ways to fill your time that will benefit your business in the months to come. If you don’t already have a list of projects to work on […]