Why the Professional Organizing Industry is Awesome
Almost two years ago I wrote a recommendation for my former boss at Discover Organizing, Inc. (my mentor in the Professional Organizing field) for her LinkedIn profile.
"Jill has been a valuable source of encouragement, information and insight for me over the past year and a half - not just as an employee of hers but as an individual. Because Jill acts with thoughtfulness and respect in each aspect of her life she can be viewed as a role model in her balancing act of roles as a boss, mother, business woman and friend. I would confidently recommend Jill to any of my family members, friends or acquaintances."
I meant each of these words I wrote and still hear them ring true. This past month I traveled East to visit family, friends, and colleagues. I connected with Jill and also with my former networking group, NAPO Pittsburgh, at a local breakfast chain, Pamela's Diner, where we enjoyed a brunch of pancakes, coffee, and omelets! Each of the women pictured below own their own business and successfully help others to order and simplify their lives! Not only do they successfully run their own businesses but they are HAPPY and they lead FULFILLING lives and are their own bosses.
The organizing industry is awesome because instead of being competitive with one another, these women - and each Professional Organzier I have met in my three years in this industry (and I met A LOT last year at the annual NAPO National Conference! ) - choose to SUPPORT and REFER clients to one another as part of their general business practices. What a refreshing way to live!
For example, if a client calls me and wants help creating a complex organizing system for their families busy lifestyle (calendar organizing, color-coding, setting up zones for each family members belongings, etc) and I am just completely swamped with other clients... I might refer them to another organizer in the area. I do this because I see the value in 1. helping that client get what they need in the best way possible and 2. helping out a local Professional Organizer who's work and expertise I appreciate.
A great tool for linking Professional Organizers together is the National Association of Professional Organizers, or NAPO. NAPO joins almost 5,000 Professional Organizers together and is a national association "... dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives."
As I begin my journey into the Professional Organizing field in California I cannot help but reflect on the people who I have met thus far in this industry. In the spirit of Professional Organizer's everywhere, visit my former bosses other business site, Clearly Noted, which offers cute little personalized greeting cards to those in the Professional Organizing industry for occasions such as moving, downsizing, and general encouragement in the organizing process. There is even one for referrals...