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Institute for Professional Organizers™

Institute for Professiona Organiers™ ; The Fast Track Method™ to launching, managing, and growing your business.
Professional Organizer Training Institute - Portland, OR - Anne Blumer
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SELF-STUDY Fast Track Method™ Training and Education Program
Become Institute for Professional Organizers™ Trained and an Expert in Your Area

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IPO_Trained_SealTheSelf-Study Fast Track Method™ is the same as Layer 1 of the Seminar Fast Track Method™ training program. This option is created for individuals who want to learn at their own pace and time.

All of our programs will equip you with the knowledge, skills, experience and confidence to successfully launch and manage all aspects of your professional organizer business.

The Program Includes:

  • Comprehensive materials including a 160+ page digital manual directing you through all phases of launching, managing and succeeding as a professional organizer business owner.
  • Customizable business forms to get you started, including both residential and business needs assessments, client agreements, Organizing Plan of Action, numerous client process checklists, and more.
  • One hour coach call to answer all of your questions after you have completed the self study program.
  • 25 online audio and visual recordings of Anne Blumer, CPO® guiding you through the manuals, sharing her experience - lessons learned, and enthusiasm of the full curriculum.  Our videos are compatible with PCs running Windows and Macs running OSX as well as Apple Mobile (iPad/iPod).  We support all popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
  • Certificate of training
  • Bonus Client Practicum

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN AND EXPERIENCE

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WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER
Introduction to Professional Organizing - Understanding the Professional Organizer Industry Associations and Credentials: Provides an overview of the history of the organizing industry and of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), identifies the characteristics of a professional organizer and characteristics of a business owner, explains the benefits of NAPO membership, and reviews the requirements for industry certification.

Assessing Your Skills as a Professional Organizer and Business Owner: This session will review your skills, prior experience, and education as it relates to the field of Professional Organizer.
 

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LAUNCHING YOUR PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER BUSINESS
Writing Your Business Plan: Your business plan is often an afterthought if it is ever addressed at all. In this session you will learn the value of writing a business plan and how it can save you from costly mistakes and help you attract your key client.

Job Agreement and Business Policies: An explanation of the components of a job agreement and a form template that you can tailor to meet your business needs.  Business policies and client boundaries are also reviewed.

Rate Structures – How to Charge for Your Services: Establishing your fee continues to be the one area where many Professional Organizers undervalue their services. Learn how to determine a reasonable market rate and earn the income you desire and how to communicate your value to clients.

Business Basics - Start-up Forms, Equipment and Materials: Review of forms, materials, and equipment needed to start and manage your professional organizer business.

Name and Register Your Business for Maximum Impact: People make an impression in the first 2 seconds they meet someone. If your name is the first way to introduce yourself to a prospective client, what impression will you make?

Marketing & Branding Your Organizing Business: You will learn about creating your brand, understanding why you need an elevator speech, developing your network of strategic alliances, developing a successful website, 100 Marketing Approaches, the 30 minute marketing formula, and writing your business marketing plan.

Organizing Workshop: The A.R.T. of Paper Management Instruction and materials to present a workshop on organizing household paper information including:

  • How to create a paper processing center
  • How to identify what paper to toss and what to keep (and for how long)
  • The A.R.T. of paper management (Action and Reference systems)
  • How to make files and use file system products (FreedomFiler™ and FileSolutions®)
  • Products that can help track finances and financial papers (Quicken®, QuickBooks, Neat)

Organizing Workshop: Time Management Instruction and materials to present a workshop on time management including:

  • Roles and goals
  • Is time spent on urgent activities or important activities
  • Discover time robbers through a time mapping technique
  • Learn how to categorize and group activities to effectively manage your client's time
  • Identify and choose “one” time management system and tool that is right for your client, and why

Organizing Workshop: Declutter 101 Instruction and materials to present a workshop on decluttering including how to:

  • Stop cluttering and start organizing!
  • Identify organizing stumbling blocks
  • Maintain organization with 10 simple organizing principles
     

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WORKING WITH CLIENTS
Phase 1 - Initial Client Contact and Your 30 Second Hook: Preparing you for when a client calls and getting an assessment scheduled.

Phase 2 - How to Effectively Conduct a Needs Assessment: The needs assessment discoveries will be your roadmap to clearly identifying your client's goals, needs, barriers, and expectations. This session will provide you with questions to ask your client that will help you to best assess their organizing needs to develop an organizing plan of action. Scheduling the Project: You will learn how to estimate how long a client project will take, and how to explain to clients the factors involved in your estimations.

Phase 3 – Completing the Client Project 5 Steps to Organizing® Process, Organizing Plan of Action and Client Follow-up: A time-tested process that will not only give you a method for organizing your clients but also teach them the skills they need to maintain their accomplishments after you leave. How to recognize backsliding and effective ways to address it.

Working with Clients – What I Know Now, I Wish I Had Known Then: This session will prepare you for specialized client populations with an in-depth look at real client case studies on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Chronic Disorganization (CD), hoarders, students, and seniors. Safety for the Professional Organizer is also covered.

Room-by-room Residential Organizing: For every space in a home you will learn the typical habits that cause disorganization, how to create organized zones, product solutions to aid organization, new habits to maintain organization, and the estimated time to organize.

Also available as printable Self Study Curriculum and Frequently Asked Questions.

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BONUS: Upon completion of the Self-Study program you have the option to register to participate in a two-day client practicum in Portland, Oregon and earn the designation of Institute for Professional Organizers™ certified.

DAY One after all of your hard work the fun begins! You will take all you learned from your Self-Study coursework and begin applying it with a real client. You will experience a full day of client assessment and project preparation:

  • Team prepares for the initial consultation: classroom review of the client process, needs assessment, and organizing plan of action
  • Meet your client and conduct the needs assessment
  • Return to Seminar location and prepare the client's organizing plan of action
  • Go to an organizing supply resource (such as The Container Store, Storables or Ikea) and procure materials for client project

DAY Two is dedicated to a full day hands-on client practicum for implementing the 5 Steps to Organizing®:

  • Team completes every step of the 5 Steps to Organizing® process.
  • Client Project Debrief
  • Training closure and presentation of certificate

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Self-Study Program

$397

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Get started now! Purchase the Self-Study program and start right away.  You will receive your study materials within minutes of successful payment via download links.  You can learn how to launch and manage all aspects of your professional organizer business today.

*Download products are non-refundable.

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What you will get:

Digital eBook Manual

Study Professional Organizer Business Owner

Customizable business forms
Video access
One hour coach call
Certificate of training

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Testimonial

Dear Anne,

I am writing to let you know that I would like to take my exam. I want to do more studying and reviewing tonight and then I am ready to take my test. I am so happy with your training course. You included so much valuable information in a very organized manner. You created an enjoyable program to study. I thank you so much in advance for everything. I sincerely appreciate your wonderful knowledge, experience, and skills in the organizing profession. You are a great writer and teacher too!

Best Regards,
Deb Sawran

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