How far does the confidentiality clause in your client agreement REALLY extend?

As an organizing consultant, you often have access to clients’ confidential information, and this is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s such an important issue that I’ve invited Lisa Montanaro to share her expertise as a Certified Professional Organizer and former attorney, so you can approach it as a true professional. If you are a professional organizer, chances are…

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What is Net 30 & why is it (probably) bad for my business?

When it comes to your business, one of the most important things is to make sure you get your invoices paid on time. One of the best ways to ensure that is to decide on the correct payment terms you should be using on your invoices. That’s where Net 30 comes in. It’s the most common invoice payment terms used…

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The Most Important Invoice Tips for Your Organizing Business

Although going into business for yourself can be a dream, it also brings with it a lot of stressful aspects. One of these surrounds having to take care of your own finances, which for many new or even experienced business owners can seem overwhelming. This can be especially frustrating for organizers whose very business is about finding ways to sort…

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Innovative Ways to Stay Relevant in the Market

To stay relevant in today’s market, research the latest trends, advancements, and achievements in your field. Along with staying on top of other company’s successes in the industry, study the ways other businesses fall short in reaching a specific consumer group. Stay organized with planners tailored to your specific aspirations. Community Participation Especially if you run a local small business,…

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6 Effective Ways to Keep Going When Your Business Seems Stagnant

Operating your own private business is no easy task. It requires plenty of hard work and perseverance to maintain clients, market your business, and generate enough income to pay off expenses, much less make a profit. Even if your company has found success early, there will be times of stagnation and perhaps even regression. It is easy to become discouraged…

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4 Surprising Ways Gift Cards Can Increase Margins for Professional Organizers

It’s been more than 5 years since Janet Barclay wrote The Pros and Cons of Offering Gift Certificates for Organizing Services which covered some of the ethical and business considerations associated with offering gift cards as a professional organizer. That article, which is still relevant today, generated a lengthy discussion in the comments section about some of the downsides of…

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Are you undervaluing and under-pricing your own time?

Setting fees is an important decision that must be made before starting a business, and one that must be revisited regularly to make sure we’re neither pricing ourselves out of the market nor short-changing ourselves. If this is something you’ve struggled with, I know you’ll find some helpful ideas in today’s guest post. There are so many exciting aspects of…

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How to Create a Profitable Productized Service

A few years ago, I stopped billing by the hour and began offering service packages to fill different needs. It’s worked really well, leading to reduced stress and increased income for me, and more clarity and easier budgeting for my clients. I highly recommend that you consider this strategy for your business! You can start by reading this advice from…

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