Trained Organizer Course
You've been considering starting an organizing business, but you don't feel ready yet. There are so many things to prepare, and you want to be sure everything is JUST right before you launch your business.
You're not alone — my students always feel like this at the beginning. My name is Anne Blumer, and I founded the Institute for Professional Organizers™ for people just like you.
You can start your organizing business now
AND feel confident with the
The self-study coursework consists of web-based videos where Anne Blumer, CPO®, guides you through the digital materials you download, sharing her experience, lessons learned, and enthusiasm for the curriculum.
Including; a digital manual, business and client forms, and organizing how-to tutorials featuring a Residential Organizing Guidebook covering every space in a home.
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. It's a complete "business in a box."
★The complete client process, systems, and solutions for working with clients through all project phases, preparing you to complete the initial intake, assessment, project, and maintenance.
★How to work with all types of clients and projects. Not just neurotypical situationally disorganized clients but also the chronically disorganized and neurodiverse. You will learn how to help clients downsize and move. Plus, safety for the professional organizer and client, and how to work with clients virtually.
★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.
★ Module One - Introduction to the Industry
Validate your decision to become a professional organizer, learn the history of the industry, and understand the requirements to earn an industry certification.
★ Module Two - Skills Assessment
Learn how to leverage your skills and past experience in the field of professional organizing. Everyone has something different to share, which means you can differentiate yourself from the competition.
★ Module Three - Writing Your Business Plan
Many organizers skip this step, but IPO students all over the world tell Anne afterward that this is one of the most valuable modules in the program. You’ll learn to avoid costly mistakes and attract your ideal clients.
★ Module Four - Job Agreement & Business Policies
Learn how to create client boundaries and put business policies in place with templates you can customize to your own business.
★ Module Five - Rate Structures
Learn how to charge what you are worth for your services AND how to confidently communicate your prices and value to clients.
★ Module Six - Business Basics
Learn exactly what materials you need to start your organizing business and what you should bring to each appointment.
★ Module Seven - Naming & Registering Your Business
You have two seconds to make a first impression. What impression will your business make?
★ Module Eight - Marketing Your Business
Learn the essential elements of marketing your business, including creating your brand, networking, and strategic alliances, website development, and Anne’s 30-minute marketing formula.
★ Module Nine - Legal Considerations
Anne collaborated with a business lawyer so you can learn what you need to know about business entities and how to protect yourself and your business best.
★ Module Ten - Tax Considerations
The things you don’t want to think about but know you need to! Anne collaborated with a tax professional to help you learn the tax details every small business owner needs to understand.
★ Module Eleven - How to Turn a Potential Client into a Paying Client
Create a 30 Second Hook, so you know exactly what to say when a potential client calls.
★ Module Twelve - Conducting a Needs Assessment
Learn how to conduct a needs assessment with your client that will become your roadmap for achieving their goals. You’ll also learn how to estimate the length of a project and how to communicate that to clients.
★ Module Thirteen - Client Work
Feel prepared when you begin working with clients after learning the 5 Steps to Organizing® Process and how to implement it during a project. You’ll also know how to teach your clients the skills they may never have learned.
★ Module Fourteen - Safety
Understand potential safety hazards for yourself and your clients — and how to deal with issues if the need arises.
★ Module Fifteen - Working With Clients - Specialized Areas
Gain an understanding of specialized client populations through real client case studies on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Chronic Disorganization (CD), hoarders, students, and seniors. Identify whether these are areas you want to specialize in or refer to others.
★ Module Sixteen - Working With Clients - Virtually
Understand everything you need to know about virtual organizing, so you can decide if it’s a service you want to provide.
Ask Anne - Frequently Asked Questions
Laura Webster said this best, “It’s not just learning how to be a professional organizer, but also how to operate a business. And what surprised me most was the strong relationship I built with Anne. I felt like I could reach out if I ever needed something, and even though I've never met her in person, I felt like she was my guiding mother.”
The Trained Organizer course does not include a certification or any virtual in-person time with Anne Blumer.
The Certified Master Professional Organizer™ course includes the following, all of which are not included in the Trained Organizer course:
You will receive a Certificate of Professional Development and Attendance through IPO and the designation of Certified Master Professional Organizer™ or CMPO™.
The Institute for Professional Organizers™ Certified Master Professional Organizer™ (currently Master Professional Organizer®) is a credential 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.
Virtual Live Coaching Hours With Anne
- A total of 9 hours of one-on-one mentorship and coaching over Zoom with Anne Blumer, CPO® including
- 3 hours of coaching and accountability to complete your business, financial, and marketing plans and your branding sheet (The differentiating factor for new organizing businesses that LAST.)
- 6 hours of after-course coaching for 12 months to keep you on track and accountable.
Hands-on Client Experience
- Support and assistance in finding two actual clients for hands-on practice.
- Coaching to prepare you for your two REAL client projects, plus Anne's review and feedback on your completed projects.
- Guidance for charging a fee for your two client projects that often covers the additional cost of the certified Master Professional Organizer® course.
Sue Haas a CMPO™ said, “Doing two whole projects start to finish with Anne, and having her so involved in both of those projects, made a huge difference in my confidence. It’s one thing to read the materials and be given the process, but another thing entirely to put it into practice and get Anne’s feedback. And then to be able to do it all over again — I learned SO much between that first and second project and really got my processes in place.”
- Eligibility for the exclusive Mastermind Group for continued support and a community of organizers going through the same things you are.