All The Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help a Solopreneur

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Being a solopreneur is not easy work as you handle your business alone, from its primary operations to management. Your business is probably thriving today, and customers or clients are making their way to you. However, doing other tasks that may seem to be menial can definitely create a significant but negative impact on your…

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Help! How do I find clients?

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When starting a professional organizing business, one of the questions most people ask me is, “how do I find clients?”  The first thing to recognize is you do need to seek out clients and not wait for clients to seek you out. Four months into the start-up of my organizing business, my husband, Stefan, and…

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Working with Clients – Students

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Parents need help organizing their children and their homework (typically middle school students with ADHD). The challenges of transitioning from one teacher in elementary school to many teachers in middle school often take students, and parents, by surprise.  The virtual classroom can be challenging for students, teachers, and parents.  Now is an excellent opportunity for…

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Grow Your Business – Senior Move Management

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In 2003, when I started working as a professional organizer, my clients were moms with young children, much like myself. I helped them set up household systems and routines and organize their physical space. At that time, I knew I didn’t want to work with seniors because I didn’t think I could relate to where…

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Grow Your Business – With Subcontractors

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In 2013, something startling and unexpected happened. I woke up one day and was not excited to go to work with my client. What happened? I love to organize. That was not what I wasn’t excited about. It was the client. I found myself thinking of this client all the time. How could I help…

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Grow Your Business – Subcontracting

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The Container Store is an organizing products store. I equate it to a professional organizer’s candy store. They have stores all over the United States. Late in 2015, I was contacted by the Container Store, asking if I would be interested in interviewing for their Contained Home Consultant position. I was hesitant because I felt…

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Grow Your Business – Packaged Services

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The recession may have ended in 2009, but the US economy was still in recovery well into 2011. People were quite hesitant to spend their discretionary income on organizing services. I did have clients stay with me who financially could during the recession, and some are still my clients today; they are chronically disorganized, and,…

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Grow Your Business – Virtual Organizing

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Sheila Delson, former ICD president, launched her Virtual Organizing Training Program in 2014, and I attended one of her first training sessions. As a veteran organizer with many years of working hands-on with clients, it was becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up with client demand and physical aspects associated with hands-on work. Additionally, not…

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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 (NSGCD), now Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), and Judith Kolberg. I picked up Judith’s book ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, and I could not put it down. I read the entire book on my…

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