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What Entrepreneurs Need to Consider Before Starting a Business

Social norms suggest that in order to be considered “successful” you must go to school, get a degree, and work ...
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Working With Clients and Students – 2020 – Changing Course Direction

During a networking Zoom meeting this morning, someone announced, “Two months until Christmas!” The end of 2020 will be here ...
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Working With Clients – The Pros and Cons of Working Virtually

The pandemic has thrown a curveball at working with your clients--how to keep both you and your client safe.  If ...
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2021 Training Program Schedule Now Available

When you create and grow something of your own, when you get a sense of  your purpose, when you see a ...
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Working with Clients – Paper Management

A simple approach working with clients to organize their paper information is the ART of Paper Management. The ART of ...
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Working with Clients – Students

Anne Blumer working with middle school students to organize their schoolwork. Parents need help organizing their children and their homework ...
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Working With Clients – The Senior Population

“As the year 2011 began on Jan. 1, the oldest members of the Baby Boom generation celebrated their 65th birthday. ...

Our Fast Track Method™ Training Program – Now Virtual!

Start Your Professional Organizing Business Today! Our goal is to expediently provide you with the comprehensive knowledge needed to have ...
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Working With Clients Who Have ADHD – A Case Study

ADHD is caused by a neurobiological difference in the brain, which can interfere with such areas as learning, cognitive and ...
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Working With Clients – Body Doubling

I discovered body doubling working with my client, Trudy. Trudy is a highly educated and successful professional. She is married with ...
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Working With Clients – The Chronically Disorganized

First, What is Chronic Disorganization? Chronic disorganization is having a history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have ...
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Working With Clients – Setting Boundaries

A variety of situations and scenarios will occur while working with clients that will test your boundaries with them.  It ...
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Working With Clients – Safety Considerations for the Professional Organizer and the Client

Whoever thought organizing could be hazardous?  I certainly didn't.  Over the years of working with clients, I  have experienced a ...
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2020 – Your Year to Start a Professional Organizing Business

2020 Fast Track Method Training™ Program for Professional Organizers Layers 1 and 2 Now Available for Registration Meet our Certified ...
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Grow Your Business – Senior Move Management

In 2003, when I started working as a professional organizer, my clients were moms with young children, much like myself. ...
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Grow Your Business – With Subcontractors

In 2013, something startling and unexpected happened. I woke up one day and was not excited to go to work ...
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Want in on a Secret?

When I started working as a Professional Organizer, I didn't have a step-by-step process for working with my clients.  I ...
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Grow Your Business – Subcontracting

The Container Store is an organizing products store. I equate it to a professional organizer’s candy store. They have stores ...
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How to Get Started as a Professional Organizer

Not sure how to begin a Professional Organizing business? Listen to my podcast with Susan Creal and hear about how ...
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Grow Your Business – Packaged Services

The recession may have ended in 2009, but the US economy was still in recovery well into 2011. People were ...

Grow Your Business – Organizing a Solopreneur’s Business and Life

Get your solopreneur business and your life organized. Listen to my podcast with Hook SEO's Matthew Rouse and Jeremy Marcott. ...
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How to Start a Professional Organizing Business

Eight of my colleagues contributed to this blog post. It is a GREAT launching point for "how-to" start a professional ...
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Grow Your Business – Virtual Organizing

Sheila Delson, former ICD president, launched her Virtual Organizing Training Program in 2014, and I attended one of her first ...

Grow Your Business – Continuing Education and Certification

I attended my first NAPO conference in May 2003, and there I discovered the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization ...
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Grow Your Business – Volunteering Leads to Becoming an International Keynote Speaker

While attending the 2014 ICD conference, I received an email from the Association of Professional Declutters’ (APDO’s) conference chair inviting ...
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Grow Your Business – Volunteering

At the beginning of my professional organizing business, I immediately joined NAPO and NAPO Oregon.  I attended NAPO meetings monthly, ...
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10 Best Organization Apps to Simplify Your Life

I was asked as a female business owner to share my favorite organization/productivity apps and why for an article in ...
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Do you want to start an organizing business? 

My friend and colleague, James Lott Jr. of the SOS Show and I breakdown what it takes to plan, launch, ...
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5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Professional Organizer Business

Mistake #1: Lacking business skills and know-how After the first couple of years in business as a Professional Organizer, I ...
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Grow Your Business – Networking

Strategic alliances are individuals or businesses that share similar clients with you. Network every day. Talk to everyone about your ...
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Top 7 Questions About Becoming a Professional Organizer

We frequently receive inquiries and questions from people across the globe about how to become a Professional Organizer, and is ...
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Grow Your Business – Speaking

During my first year in business, I discovered public speaking as a beneficial way to grow my contact base, meet ...
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Book Signing Event

I had so much fun at my Mastering the Business of Organizing book signing event at Annie Bloom's Books last ...
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Has Marie Kondo sparked your interest in becoming a professional organizer?

Join us May 20-22 in Portland, Oregon for our Fast Track Method Training Program and learn how to plan, launch, ...
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February 2019 Fast Track Method Training Client Practicum

February's practicum client, Dianne, wanted to downsize 99% of what was in her garage and start fresh. She kept more ...
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Grow Your Business – Writing

Never in my wildest dreams did I dream of being a published author, because I didn’t think I had the ...

5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid Working with Clients

Mistake #1 – ORGANIZING FOR YOURSELF AND NOT YOUR CLIENT You love to organize and you even have fun organizing ...

Mastering the Business of Organizing

We are very excited to share with you that Anne Blumer updated and expanded her book Get Rich Organizing under a new title, Mastering the Business ...

Professional Organizers are Starting Their Career Younger!

Blessing McKenzie I had the fantastic opportunity to have Blessing McKenzie, a high school Junior, job shadow me yesterday.  Blessing is ...

Reflections

Happy fall!  As I reflect on the past 14 years of training new professional organizing business owners, I thought it ...

August 2018 Client Practicum

Meet Laurie Wolpert and Shauna Ellis, both from Oregon, who Certified by the Institute for Professional Organizers August 8, 2018.

Accountability Activity: Multitasking

What's the secret to effective multitasking? Not doing it. Any time you do more than one thing at a time, ...

Accountability Activity- Focus on Successes

Accountability Activity - to get you refocused on what needs to happen now to plan, launch, manage, grow or leverage ...

Accountability Activity – Letting Go of Fear

Accountability Activity - to get you refocused on what needs to happen now to plan, launch, manage, grow or leverage ...

Accountability Activity – Procrastination

Accountability Activity - to get you refocused on what needs to happen now to plan, launch, manage, grow or leverage ...

Accountability Activity – Opportunities

Accountability Activity - to get you refocused on what needs to happen now to plan, launch, manage, grow or leverage ...

Accountability Activity- Delegating

Accountability Activity - to get you refocused on what needs to happen now to plan, launch, manage, grow or leverage ...

Accountability Activity – Who Are Your Strategic Alliances?

Accountability Activity - to get you refocused on what needs to happen now to plan, launch, manage, grow or leverage ...

Accountability Activity – Your Big 3

Accountability Activity - to get you refocused on what needs to happen now to plan, launch, manage, grow or leverage ...
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Top 7 Questions about Becoming a Professional Organizer

  We frequently receive inquiries and questions from people across the globe about how to become a Professional Organizer and ...

Niche Professional Organizers – Our Interview with Sheila Delson

Niche Professional Organizers Interviews with Professional Organizers focusing on their unique niche. This month we interviewed Sheila Delson of Free Domain ConceptsAnne:  Sheila, when and why ...

You Are a Superhero!

I wanted to take a moment to check in with you and see how you are doing.   I want to ...

Follow Your Joy!

Does organizing your pantry, closet, junk drawer, anything bring you joy?  Are you interested in starting a Professional Organizing business and ...

Niche Professional Organizers – Our Interview with Tywanquila Walker

Niche Professional Organizers Interviews with Professional Organizers focusing on their unique niche.  This month we interviewed  Tywanquila Walker of Order Your Life Anne: ...
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Professional Organizing Business Launch Checklist

If you are like me when I was contemplating starting my Professional Organizing business, you are not sure where to ...

Our Story – What is Your Story?

Our Story - The Institute for Professional Organizers™ has trained and educated participants the world over with our highly successful ...

Niche Professional Organizers – Interview with Annette Adamska

Niche Professional Organizers   Welcome to the first in our series of interviews with Professional Organizers focusing on their unique ...

Are You Ready to Monetize?

Last week I was a panelist for NAPO's Accelerated Learning Series teleclass on the subject of multiple revenue streams.  In ...

Reminiscing

Over the long holiday weekend, I was flipping through our 2013 client practicum photos and decided to create a video ...

I love what I do!

Today I’m preparing for the July 15-17 Layer 2 Seminar training and client practicum. I was reviewing the May participant’s ...

June Seminar

June Seminar participants and practicum photos. The team (Margallee, Kaye and Lisa) organized a performing artists home office transforming it ...

The Professional Organizer Industry is Flourishing–Now is the time to start a Professional Organizer business.

We have been training new Professional Organizers for over seven years. Throughout those years we have been tweaking and modifying ...

Do you have questions about becoming a Professional Organizer? Here are my top FAQs to help you decide.

I receive many inquiries about our Professional Organizer training and education programs and questions about how to get started in ...

Professional Organizer Business Insurance-Do You Need It?

NAPO Presentation from todd v on Vimeo.If you have been wondering whether or not you need to obtain liability insurance ...

Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations…What’s the Difference?

I came across the "Elephant's Walk" story [not sure where now] and I think it sums up the difference between ...
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