Professional Organizer Training
with CEU Certificate*
have taken this course
Individuals use professional organizers for a number of reasons and there are benefits for both the professional organizer and the client. The client has the benefit of knowing that everything is in its place, which results in efficiency, productivity, space savings, and safety. Complete organization allows your clients to relax and focus on other priorities. There are also a number of benefits to the professional organizer, which includes the freedom to run your own business, excellent pay, and the flexibility to set your own destiny.
Professional organizers as a business
The field of professional organizing has grown for a number of reasons in recent years. For example: Many companies have downsized and had layoffs, which subsequently forced many individuals to start their own home-based businesses. Quite often these smaller companies may not have the necessary skill-sets to manage their business themselves so they have outsourced many of these tasks to organizing professionals. Another reason is that many businesses have had to reduce the footprint of their organization, which resulted in them performing the same tasks in less space. This results in the need for a professional organizer to optimize the space available.
Often, when you think of a professional organizer, you think of someone who organizes closets or rooms in their client's house. The landscape of the professional organizer has evolved greatly in recent years to more complementary concepts, like coaches and mentors. Individuals hire organizers to help them with all aspects of their lives to improve their performance, efficiency, and productivity.
Have you ever thought, "I really need someone to help me organize and be more efficient in my life?" Currently, professional organizers serve a number of purposes within client's lives. They use the combination of life coaching skills, in conjunction with the direct project at hand to help their clients. Clients ask for assistance with organizing their time, workplaces, businesses, homes, and lives. As a professional organizer, you will take your organizational skills and turn them into organizing services for clients.
Your job is to create organizing systems.
There are a number of goals clients try to achieve through the use of a professional organizer. Most people are not born to organize. They learned over time. As an organizing professional, you will achieve a high level of job satisfaction as you help clients reach these goals and improve their lives.
One of the main benefits of using the services of a professional organizer is that clients are able to work smarter, not harder. As a professional organizer, you will help them be less stressed, more efficient, more productive, and gain better control of their lives.
Client relations and customer service manager
As an entrepreneur, you will be responsible for keeping the pulse on the latest and greatest trends in professional organization.
As a business owner, you will be responsible for learning all aspects of tax payments, business growth, contract requirements, and legal aspects.
As a marketing manager, will be responsible for a number of aspects related to the development and growth of your company, which include website maintenance, print advertising, promotions and sales, and market analysis.
As the client relations manager, you will be responsible for ensuring customers are satisfied with your work, you offer the best services possible, new services on a consistent basis, a better product than your competitors, and you generate referral business.
As the organizing expert, you will need to prove yourself to be creative, innovative, and highly organized in your own business management.
Organizing professional personal characteristics and traits
There are a number of skills you will need to be successful as a professional organizer. If you are taking this course, you obviously have an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to become a professional organizer. Your clients hire you for a specific reason, and you must meet that need. Quite often, meeting the client's needs requires a number of these traits.
Professionalism is the combination of having a consistently great attitude, determination, integrity, and ability to treat clients with respect. This means doing your best work all the time to meet your clients' expectations. It means following through on agreements and keeping your appointments on time. It also involves a great deal of interaction with other business people, such as subcontractors, salespeople, and suppliers.
Determination is your ability to accomplish goals, no matter the difficulty or complexity of the task.
Confidence is your own personal belief that you have the ability to complete a job to the highest level of quality.
Persistence is maintaining a positive attitude, and the ability to discover solutions in the face of difficult situations. Persistence helps you overcome obstacles and stay on track to meet your goals.
Business savvy is the ability to structure your company to provide the best services, at a competitive rate, and within reasonable time frames.
Personal competence includes your ability to meet customer needs, which may include a number of requirements by you, personally -- such as carrying, lifting, calculating with math, determining color pallets, determining workflow, measurements, and costs.
Flexibility to meet excessive work demands, lack of work, difficult customers, difficult weather, and unforeseen circumstances.
Drive and commitment, which go hand-in-hand with your entrepreneurial spirit. Running a business is not easy, but it can be easier if you truly enjoy what you do.
Project management is used to construct and coordinate work processes, tasks, and schedules to produce the desired result. The project is considered a short-term event that has a defined start and finish.
Records and paper management are used to manage the flow of paper documents by controlling their creation, distribution, and retention. Records management and paper management involves a determination of retention periods, automation, and digitization.
Workflow management involves using computer and information systems to manage and coordinate workflow. It combines different computer users with data sources to coordinate tasks to meet job requirements.
Time management is the ability to plan calendars and manage time with routine and non-routine scheduling actions.
Task management is managing individual tasks and "to do" lists in the required order to meet necessary timelines.
Understanding professional organization
Professional organizers provide clients with projects and skills they need help with. This is no different from any other business service. The client needs a service and the entrepreneur provides the service. People that require professional organization skills are not lazy, unintelligent, or unskilled. They are the people who realize they need help in a particular situation.
Professional organizers are those who have the necessary skills and training to help others create organization in their lives where it lacks. Professional organizers are able to do so, because they understand the inherent processes in organization and organizational mindsets. Professional organizers are linked with the necessary resources to provide the desired result for the client. This includes recycling companies, organization products, trainers, junk sales, and security shredding.
Professional organizers quite often work with people who are very organized, but simply lack time. It is these people who realize the value in organization, efficiency, and productivity and can see how these generate a synergy in their lives to help them focus on the things that matter most. The people that most often seek the services of a professional organizer are those who don't have the time to organize on their own, don't have the ability to do all the work themselves, or are unsure how.
These organizers are hired to clean and arrange areas and develop processes that gives their clients the ability to work more easily and efficiently. Professional organizers do this through eliminating waste, developing storage, educating their clients, and determining the best systems or effective organization.
Professional organizers interact with a great number of people, including clients, subcontractors, and other business owners. This includes a number of communication forms, including text, phone calls, e-mails, and face-to-face. You may help the client organize one area, or seven.
It is important to always represent your services honestly and accurately. Integrity is a key trait. Always treat your clients with courtesy. Always be on time for your scheduled appointments. And always make sure you are qualified to do the work at hand. If not, do not attempt the task and refer it to another qualified organizer.
So why do clients need them?
Surveys and audits conducted by document control managers find that approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of documents that are filed are never retrieved.
The Wall Street Journal indicates American workers spend up to six weeks per year searching for misplaced or misfiled reports.
Each year millions of people make New Year's resolutions to get more organized.
Surveys by MetLife show that 40 percent of workers say that their workload has increased in the last year.
Reducing clutter reduces additional work.
A significant amount of self-storage rental units are used simply because of lack of organization, or time to organize the home or office.
Sales of home storage products is a multibillion-dollar industry.
It is estimated the average person spends one year of their life looking for lost items.
What will I be doing?
So in a deeper context, and at a granular level, professional organizers work with their clients to improve their lives, in general, by organizing for them and teaching them key organizational skills. Clients hire additional organizers because they are unable to manage the processes themselves, do not have the time, or simply do not know how.
This is where you come in. As a professional organizer, you may work in their business, in their personal lives, or in their homes, to develop the optimal plan to manage the key processes for which they need help.
The job can be as simple, or as complex, as you desire it to be. Your list of clientèle can be as large as you desire -- depending on whether you want this to be a full-time or part-time opportunity. Many people start part-time to get a feel for the business and decide if it is something they want to do on a greater scale.
There are a number of benefits to this type of work. In a number of ways, you control your schedule by the number of clients you have, and the services you offer. On the other hand, your schedule is tied to completion of projects and the desired timelines of your customers and clients.
Where will I work?
Typically, you will be based from a home office or small business office, depending on your business size. You may hire additional employees, or you may work by yourself. You may contract some of the duties -- such as needed home construction. As you grow your business, you will definitely want to look into renting or purchasing your own office space. This may include a showroom to show your potential clients your abilities, as well as storage space to store your necessary supplies for business operations.
Some of your time will be spent in your vehicle driving from client's homes and offices, to your base, and to supply stores.
How will I do this?
There are a number of activities required to begin your business. To start, you will develop a business plan. Quite often, new business owners feel a business plan is not necessary. But statistics show the success of new businesses is tied to how well their owners plan for every aspect of their business.
What are the requirements?
There are no set requirements, but we will discuss the business requirements, equipment and supply requirements, and certifications you can use to help enhance the professionalism of your business.
In essence, you become a systems thinker. You are helping clients develop systems to become more organized.
Summary Reminders and Takeaways
The field of professional organizing is rapidly growing and outpacing a number of home and commercial business sectors. The main reason is because we've changed the way we work as corporations and individuals. In the virtual and information age, we are working from many different locations and are not required to be based in any one specific area to complete our jobs. With current technology we can work from anywhere, and many of us do. Professional organizers are helping to clean, straighten, and organize the homes and workplaces of a wide variety of clients. The field of professional organizing continues to grow. The job of a professional organizer is to create organizing systems. Professional organizers perform a number of tasks, such as lifestyle organization, workplace organization, and home organization. They provide a wide variety of activities and services, such as improving workflow, optimizing storage, developing time management tools, optimizing schedules, helping physically impaired clients, and selection of organizing products. The work of the professional organizer requires that you be an entrepreneur, a business owner, marketing manager, client relations manager, and an organizing expert.
Your job will also require a number of personal traits, such as professionalism, determination, confidence, persistence, business savvy, personal competence, flexibility, drive, and commitment. We will also use the organizing skills of project management, records and paper management, workflow management, time management, and task management.
- Obtain information about becoming a professional organizer
- Gain access to knowledge about various organizational techniques and how to implement them for individuals, homes, and businesses in your region
- Understand the essential ingredients that must be in place before you can set up shop, as well as
- Marketing and promotional tips, paired with additional resources you’ll need to open your own professional organizing business.
Enroll today to tap into the profit potential of your organizational skills and talents.
- Know what a professional organizer is and does
- Discover how to locate and attract potential clients
- Gain access to some of the most popular organizational methods
- Learn to tailor your skills and talents to specific, targeted markets
- Get acquainted with helpful, effective tools and resources
- Be able to strengthen your odds by identifying and writing down specific business goals and objectives,
- As well as gaining insight on maximizing your marketing and promotional efforts
- Completely Online
- 6 Months to Complete
- 24/7 Availability
- Start Anytime
- PC & Mac Compatible
- Android & iOS Friendly
- Accredited CEUs
Lesson 1: What Is a Professional Organizer?
Lesson 2: How Do I Start?
Lesson 3: Professional Organizer Certification, Skills, and Training Requirements
Lesson 4: Licensing and Other Business-Related Tips
Lesson 5: Pricing and Costing Your Services -- Pricing Rate Structure
Lesson 6: Organizing Professional Marketing Strategies
Lesson 7: Website Development
Lesson 8: Four Steps to Organizing Anything: Assess, Plan, Implement, Evaluate
Lesson 9: Setting Up Your Business - Office and Mobile Set-Up
Lesson 10: Professional Organizing Business Workflow Management
Lesson 11: Developing Plans and Designs
Lesson 12: Organizing Systems and Supplies
Lesson 13: Additional Approaches to Organizing Home Areas
Lesson 14: Client Management and Administration, Networking, and Referrals
Lesson 15: Other Tips to Propel Your Business
Additional Course Information
- Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
- Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
- Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
- View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
- Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
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