It may not be common but being a professional organizer is a legitimate profession. If you’re someone that enjoys making things look good, like laying out things in a room and helping people to get their lives together then this could be a good option for you. However, the path to being an organizer isn’t as straightforward as going to school and getting a job. For the most part, you’re going to be working directly for clients and it needs typically done on a freelance or contractor basis. If that’s something that you are willing to deal with then we’re going to give you some tips on how you can start working as a professional organizer.
1) Create a Website
The first thing you need to do is to create a website for yourself. Since most of your work will be from clients and not a 9-5 then you need a way for people in your area to be able to google you and find you online. Fortunately, it’s easy for you to create a website on platforms like Wix, WordPress, or Squarespace for a low cost. Make sure to learn about SEO and how you can drive traffic to your website because this is going to be a major funnel for getting clients.
2) Build a Portfolio
Alongside creating a website you are going to need to build a portfolio. Initially, this can be work you do at home, for family and friends as well as any paid work that you do. Take before and after pictures, short videos, get reviews from past clients and anything else that you can think of that would help you to be more credible to future clients.
3) Get Certified
Another way to show your credibility is to get certified. Certifications can help people to be more confident of their ability and commitment. One place you can do this is through the ultimate academy. They offer something called the UCPO™ Certified Ultimate Professional Organizer™, which is one of the certifications that I hold. You can read more about the certification and the history of the company here.
4) Look to work with other Contractors
While you are working on building up your clientele you can also consider working with people that are already in business and need help with fulfilling their client's demands. Subcontracting your services to other professional organizers is a great way to make some money, gain experience and work on your portfolio. Just make sure to get permission before advertising other people’s client’s work on your website/social media. We're hiring professional organizers From time to time we have more work than we can handle with our current staff. If you're a professional organizer and looking to pick up some extra work fill in our contact form and we'll get back to you if we have some projects that we need work on.