If you are in the beginning stages of exploring an organizing career, you likely have some questions about being a Professional Organizer. One of the most important questions you might ask yourself is: Do I have what it takes to be a Professional Organizer? While having a passion for organizing is the first step, it’s important to realize that organizing your own space can be very different than helping others organize their stuff, spaces and lives.
More than likely, if you intend to become a professional organizer, you will need to start and run your own business too, since it is an industry dominated by solopreneurs. So how do you know if you have what it takes? To be a good business owner, you typically need to be self-motivated, persistent and passionate about your business, resourceful and flexible, confident and persuasive, honest and open and be willing to take some risk. That’s quite a list, but remember – you can always capitalize on your strengths, while working to improve your weaknesses.
To be a good organizer, in addition to the qualities just mentioned, you need to be a compassionate, sensitive, and patient people-person. You will be getting into the depths of people’s lives. You will be hearing and handling very personal information and the organizing process will likely involve dealing with what’s in your client’s head in addition to what’s in their space. If being sensitive and patient day in and day out, while sometimes accomplishing very little physical organizing, does not appeal to you, then you should think long and hard about whether you want to help others get organized. Remember, you’re not dealing with your space and stuff, but other peoples’ – and we all have different organizing needs and styles. The good news is, you will usually have a mix of clients and projects – some that are a challenge for you and others that exhilarate and motivate you to keep going! Even so, you’ll need to be able maintain enthusiasm, no matter the situation.
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