Top 5 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 it the right career path for them.  Questions range from “How did you get started in this business?” to “How do I get certified?”

While I’m always willing to spend time answering basic inquiries, I usually recommend that you start by reading my book, Mastering The Business of Organizing.  It will answer the majority of your questions.  Then, if you want something more in-depth, I recommend our Fast Track Method Training Program as it is fast, affordable, and extremely comprehensive.
To get started, I’ll answer some of your burning questions:
1. What is the trend in the professional organizing business?
 
Professional Organizing is one of the fastest-growing service businesses today. The number of NAPO members has grown from less than 1,000 in 1995 to approximately 4,000 in 2018! People have an abundance of stuff and not enough space or time to declutter.  And, due to the number of television shows like “Hoarders,” the topic of organizing has become less taboo.
 
2. Can I really make money working as a Professional Organizer?
Yes, you can!  How much effort and focus you put into your business marketing in the first years and beyond will make the difference in your profitability.  
Never, ever stop marketing!
 
3.  How do you find clients?

We have the most success in finding clients through speaking, networking, building strategic power partners, and our website.

Initially, reach out to everyone you know and talk with them about your new career.  Ask your friends, family, and business connections to listen to others for clues that they need your services and give them explicit instructions or scripts on how to refer you.
4. How is your training program different from other Professional Organizer training programs?
  • Most training programs only include how to organize client spaces and do not cover how to start and manage a business.
  • Some focus purely on marketing an organizing business.
  • Others do not cover specialized client populations or virtual organizing.
  • We offer ALL and three levels of certification; Trained Organizer, Certified Organizer, and Master Professional Organizer®.

We offer a 4-Part Course to Successfully Launch Your Organizing Business including:

  • All aspects of planning, starting, and marketing an organizing business. Our program is designed to take you step-by-step through your business start-up, alleviating figuring out what to do next.
  • The complete client process and systems and solutions for working with clients through all project phases; initial contact, assessment, completing the project, and maintenance.
  • Working with clients who are situationally disorganized, chronically disorganized, neurotypical, neurodiverse, downsizing, moving, and more. Plus, safety for the professional organizer and client.
  • Organizing strategies and systems for every room in a home. 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. You will gain confidence that you can organize any space in a home.
Here is what one participant had to say, “The sessions are jam-packed with important, complete, and relevant information for getting your business started shortly. Also, I looked at NAPO’s classes, but the Institute for Professional Organizers™ program would cover all the areas of getting a professional organizing business started in a short time frame. I could have a complete and comprehensive overview without worrying about having holes in my training. And I could be up and running much faster.”  Nicola Wood”
We believe our comprehensive approach will substantially increase the success of a professional organizer’s business.
Our training overview details each level of certification and all that you will learn and receive.
5. Do I need certification to be a Professional Organizer?

I am often asked, “After completing your training course will I be a Certified Professional Organizer®?” The short answer is no.

The long answer is you will receive a “Certificate of Professional Development and Attendance.”  Certified Organizer participants receive the designation of Institute for Professional Organizers™ certified. However, this does not give you the designation of Certified Professional Organizer® or CPO® (see below).

Institute for Professional Organizers™ Trained Organizer or Certified Organizer are credentials and a recognized international brand for the professional organizer’s business launch through their first years and for those who want comprehensive training and certification on our methodologies, systems, and procedures. This informs your clients that you have taken a rigorous training program.

There are specific requirements to become a Certified Professional Organizer® or CPO®, and they are explained in The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO) Candidate’s Handbook for the Certified Professional Organizer Credential.

When you compare the BCPO exam content with our curriculum, you will find that our training program, combined with the 1,500 hours of paid client experience, will give you a tremendous amount of information and experience towards the BCPO certification.

Certification of any profession should never be as basic as completing a seminar or self-study course. To quote the BCPO handbook, “From an industry perspective, by becoming certified, an organizer will validate their knowledge and experience, based on the highest industry, psychometric, and legal standards. From individual business perspective, preparing for the examination is an opportunity to stay current in an increasingly competitive job market. From a personal perspective, sitting for the examination provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate the candidate’s self-confidence, professional commitment, and personal initiative in a professional environment governed by rigorous standards. A Certified Professional Organizer® will exemplify the importance of professional standards and contribute to evolving standards in the industry as a whole.”

Are you ready to launch your professional organizing business?  Get started here.
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Updated:  September 3, 2021
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