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Making Money as a Professional Organizer – Interview with Angela Ploetz

Making Money as a Professional OrganizerTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I have been an entrepreneur from a very young age. Growing up I made a variety of items and sold them. I even sold things out of my window to the neighborhood children. After graduating from college, I worked from local government for several years and after having my first child I knew I was going to have to make a career change. That was when I looked at what I loved and what I could do that would allow some flexibility. I sought out training in Professional Organizing and joined my local NAPO chapter. Soon after that I quit my full-time job and started my business full time.

Do you have any special training?

Yes, I felt it was important to get training before I took my first client. I didn’t want people to think that one day I just decided to be a professional organizer and therefore I WAS one. So I went to training to learn about becoming an organizer and I got certified in the FreedomFiler paper filing system. After a few years in the business, I studied and sat for the exam to become a Certified Professional Organizer, CPO ®. I really believe training is important in building your own confidence and letting your clients know you are serious about your business.

What types of services and products do you offer?

I offer Professional Organizing and unpacking services for clients who have just moved. My team and I can help someone get out of moving boxes and get their home set up in a matter of a few days rather than the months or years it often takes. (more…)

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Getting Unstuck in Your Career – Interview with DeAnne Pearson

Getting Unstuck in Your Career - Interview with DeAnne PearsonTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

Going back to when I was 5 or 6, I started my first entrepreneurial venture by collecting rocks on the driveway. Not just any rocks, but the shiniest rocks, we had a long driveway to the little pink brick house on a hill in Atoy, Texas. I picked up rocks that looked like they had glitter on them and other rocks that were brown smooth cubes and looked like caramels. I was the rock seller.

That was my first business.

Unfortunately, no one really wanted to drive up the long drive to buy my treasures and standing at the end of the driveway in the curve of the road trying to wave down buyers was too distracting for the drivers, or so my parents said. My parents insisted that I stop. I was so mad, I threw the rocks out of the nice decorative box that I had held them in right then and there. A couple of days later, I picked them up, but I lost a few of my favorites.

Later when I started group coaching, I used some of the lessons I had learned to gather people at my house around a pot of gumbo, I used some the lessons I learned then to make myself a resilient entrepreneur.

  • Don’t be afraid to start with what you have.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a risk, although I can’t recommend standing in a blind curve waving your arms.
  • Don’t be afraid to put everything into what you do, kind of like gumbo, sometimes it takes a bit of everything and time to make things work.
  • Don’t be afraid to be ignored, mocked, or fumed at by some who just don’t get it.
  • Don’t be afraid to feel frustrated, when something needs to be adjusted. Don’t be afraid to try again.


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Working at Home as a Crafter – Interview with Bethan Davies

Working at Home as a CrafterTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I’ve always been a crafter. My mom says she can remember me “gluing things together” from around 4 years old. My career however was in broadcasting and I spent over 25 years producing TV and Radio shows … most recently for Ryan Seacrest and his production company.

I got very ill 5 years ago and had to have a heartbreaking emergency hysterectomy. Not having children, but wanting them badly, this was a horrible experience. I decided the best way to get through it was just to keep going, not dwell on it, and I went back to work after 3 days rather than the 6 weeks recommended by my doctor. That wasn’t one of the best decisions of my life!

About 6 months after the surgery, I got really sick. If it was bad before (which it was to need 3 blood transfusions and emergency surgery), I was really bad now. I take the blame as much as my doctor should, but nobody followed up with me about the effects an early hysterectomy would have on my body. Along with the kick back from all the hormones they pumped in. I was a mess.

It got to the point I couldn’t continue doing my very stressful job with 3am wake up calls. So, while I was getting put back together again, I got out my crafting supplies and started making jewelry. A friend suggested I sell on Etsy, which I did. I loved it. I loved being able to connect with like-minded creative people online because I was too ill to go out and have a social life. That all came tumbling down when Etsy began making their steps away from handmade and the people who built their site … and this sparked an idea in my head. (more…)

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How to Make Money as a Professional Organizer – Catharine Murphy Shares Her Secrets

How to Make Money as a Professional OrganizerTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I have a BBA with a Major in Data Processing and a Master of Science in Computer Science. When I graduated, I went to work as a computer programmer/software engineer and continued in that field for over 25 years. I was a corporate-type in the high-tech world. My husband and I relocated due to a professional opportunity for my husband, so I decided I needed a break from the corporate world and became a ceramic artist. I had a fabulous time playing with my hands in the mud, learning how to mix glazes and create masterpieces.

After several years in the mud, I decided to go back to corporate America. That went well until my company laid-off my entire division, and once again, I was on the hunt for a job.  While I loved my work, I felt like needed a different schedule, so I could care for elderly parents and continue to compete on my horse.

My resume was strongly software-oriented, but I had no idea what other type of job to look for. One day, I was surfing on the internet and came across the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). I thought it was a joke! Was there really such a thing as an organizer and did people really pay to get organized? I discovered there was a local NAPO chapter, and called several local organizers to find out what the job entailed. I joined the local chapter, took courses, read books, and started my business.

I started out with residential organizing, but soon realized that my corporate experience prepared me to work with business clients, too. I help clients with process improvements and defining and improving their systems. (more…)

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Running a Property Appraisal Business – Expert Advice from Lisa Kroese

Running a Property Appraisal Business - Expert Advice from Lisa KroeseTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I’m a 42 year old mom and wife with two girls ages 4 and 1. We moved to California from the east coast. I was pregnant with my first daughter and I was planning to stay at home with her. After a cross country move to a completely new area where I had no family or friends – when the baby was about 4 months old, I really needed something else to fill my calendar.

I opened Expert Estates and had my first two estate sales booked in no time. My business plan called for holding about 1 sale per month, which I thought was optimistic since I had no contacts or connections. But in our first year we did 13 sales, and now we often have 8 weeks in a row with a sale, sometimes two sales, each weekend. I did keep Easter weekend unbooked so we could all recuperate and spend time with our families.

What did you do before launching your appraisal and estate sale and business?

One of my first jobs was a regional auction house where I learned how to appraise art and antiques. I also handled contract negotiations and learned a lot about marketing all kinds of estate inventory. I worked as a private personal property appraiser after leaving that position and got the hang of working for myself. And, of course, life takes its twists and turns and we end up doing things we didn’t even plan. (more…)

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