Mastering the Business of Organizing - A Guide to Plan, Launch, Manage, Grow, and Leverage a Profitable, Professional Organizing Business

Do you love to organize? Have you dreamed of running your own business? You can do both and earn a great salary too! "I wrote Mastering the Business of Organizing A Guide to Plan, Launch, Manage, Grow, and Leverage a Profitable, Professional Organizing Business along with the Institute for Professional Organizers™ curriculum and program because I believe in the immense value of this profession. I want others who aspire to it to represent the industry as experienced and knowledgeable professionals. I also want to share my learning in the hopes that others will benefit greatly from my experiences. You don’t have to suffer through figuring out how to start on your own business and wondering if you are doing it right. You will benefit immediately by learning what took me years and hard lessons to know."

There are numerous books on the subject of starting a Professional Organizing business, but none as comprehensive and current as Mastering the Business of Organizing: A Guide to Plan, Launch, Manage, Grow, and Leverage a Profitable, Professional Organizing Business.  Mastering the Business of Organizing is among the Suggested Resources to aid in CPO candidates' preparation for the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) exam.

Note:  Mastering the Business of Organizing: A Guide to Plan, Launch, Manage, Grow, and Leverage a Profitable, Professional Organizing Business (2nd ed., revised) is an updated and expanded edition of Get Rich Organizing published in 2009.

Mastering the Business of Organizing will:

  • Provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful professional organizer and business owner.
  • Help you cut out months or even years of annoying mistakes and learning curves because you need to make money immediately.
  • Show you how to position yourself to attract your ideal client with one hundred marketing ideas.
  • Introduce you to blogging and website development.
  • Instruct you on how to communicate your value clearly and how to charge for your valuable services.
  • Teach you new organizing skills and techniques to work with a variety of client types.
  • Provide you with legal, insurance, and tax information to get you started in the right business entity for you and an understanding of the protection your business needs.
  • Teach you proven processes and systems to organize others and transfer organizing skills.
  • Tell you real client stories that will inspire you to teach others organizing skills and keep you from making serious mistakes in dealing with clients.
  • Move you to action with recommended exercises and actions found at the end of the chapters.

Additionally, you receive:

  • Forms that are available for you to personalize with your company information save you hours creating independently.
  • A list of my top twenty-five organizing products and where to find them, so you don’t have to spend time researching.
  • Material to create workshops on paper, time, and clutter so you can immediately market and demonstrate your organizing knowledge.
  • Resources for space planning tools and website development.
  • Up-to-date Professional Organizer industry information and trends.

Mastering the Business of Organizing is an essential guide for professional organizers and productivity consultants. It advances the message and vision of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals.

All this valuable and sought-after information and more for $20.99 (plus shipping)! It is a minuscule price to pay for the amazing value you will receive, the time you will save, and the mistakes you will avoid. Just take a look at the table of contents! And, your purchase is 100% tax-deductible as a business expense.

  • Foreword by Ingrid Jansen, Organise Your House
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface - My Journey and How I Grew My Organizing Business with Multiple Streams of Revenue
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Your Business
  • Chapter 1—Introduction To Professional Organizing
  • Chapter 2—Assessing Your Skills
  • Chapter 3—Writing A Business Plan
  • Chapter 4—Fee Structures—How To Charge For Your Services
  • Chapter 5—Business Basics
  • Chapter 6—Determine Legal and Insurance Needs
  • Chapter 7—Name and Register Your Business For Maximum Impact
  • Chapter 8—Tax Issues To Consider And Understand
  • Chapter 9—Marketing And Branding Your Organizing Business
  • Part II: The Client Process
  • Chapter 10—Client Process--Phase 1:  Connecting with the Client
  • Chapter 11—Client Process--Phase 2:  How to Effectively Conduct a Needs Assessment and Scheduling the Project
  • Organizing Plan of Action—Example
  • Chapter 12—Client Process--Phase 3: Completing the Client Project with the 5 Steps to Organizing Process
  • Chapter 13—Client Follow-up:  Preventing Backsliding
  • Part III: Working with Clients
  • Chapter 14—Safety for Professional Organizers and Their Clients
  • Chapter 15—The Challenging Clients You Will Meet
  • Chapter 16—Working With Clients on Paper Management
  • Chapter 17—Working with Clients on Time Management
  • Chapter 18—Working with Clients on Clutter Control
  • In Summary
  • Appendix A:  Forms
  • Appendix B:  Recommended Reading
  • Appendix C:  Websites
  • Appendix D:  Organizing Products
  • About the Author

There are numerous books on the subject of starting a professional organizing business, but none as comprehensive and up-to-date as Mastering the Business of Organizing: A Guide to Plan, Launch, Manage, Grow, and Leverage a Profitable, Professional Organizing Business (available on Amazon).

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“This book is mighty. Anne is the true expert in transferring the skills, framework, and plan for your organizing career. Her methodology and training led me to confidently launch my company, Simplify Experts, and build it into a thriving, multiple six-figure revenue stream. Follow her plan!"
—Denise Allan, CPO-CD, CPO
Simplify Experts, LLC
Author of Declutter and Thrive

"To get a sense for who Anne Blumer is, and how practical and enjoyable this book will be for you, please do read the book’s preface about her journey. You’ll read in there what I know about Anne, as we have worked on the Board for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization together and continue our friendship today. All of it will help you see how right she is to be the one creating this book for you.
She has a high sense of integrity, a great sense of humor, lots of compassion, fairness, intelligence and she is inquisitive. Her corporate background has served her very well as she has grown this business. Why make the mistakes people before us have made; learn from their experiences and feel more confident right away with clients and in running and growing your business.
This book is unique, as is her education program, in that she not only teaches you about organization but also about running a successful, sustainable, growing business. Trust me, Anne will be by your side, lending compassion along with accountability, as you walk forward together, Mastering the Business of Organizing. "

Sue West
ICD and NAPO member
ICD President 2016-2018


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Table of Contents

Capturing the Vision
Creating a Space You’ll Love
By Rhonda Elliot, BSBA

The Organizing Triangle
Three Essential Points to Get and Stay Organized
By Charlotte Steill, CPO®

Create a Productive Environment in Five Steps
By Sandy Stelter, JD, CPO®

Organizing for High Performance Families
By Anna Sicalides, CPO®

Win at Organizing
Overcoming Chronic Disorganization
By Anne Blumer, CPO®

How to Choose Your Professional Organizer
By Natasha Packer

Staging Your Home
Transforming Your Space to Eliminate Clutter and Fit Your Lifestyle
By Janet Schiesl

Organizing from the Heart
By Annette Watz, MARE, CDC

Conquering Kitchen Chaos
By Tina Oscar

Building Your Perfect Closet
By Toni Ahlgren

Wardrobe and Closet Bliss
Your Key to a Happier, More Effective, More Organized You
By Gretchen Ditto

I Love My Office
Creating a Home Office that Works for You
By Angela F. Wallace, MIA, CPO®

Conquering Your Paper Piles
By Melissa Stacey

Full and Busy Family Lives
Helping Your Child Learn to Organize
By Mary L. Noble, CDC

Is Your Garage a Storage Nightmare?
Learn How to Clean It, Clear It or Cash in on It
By Bibi Goldstein

Relocation and Downsizing
Ideas to Make it Easy
By Katie Munoz

Celebrations in Your Home
Planning with Ease and Enjoyment
By Scott Roewer, CPO®

Get Organized for the Planet
Eliminating Your Clutter in an Eco-Friendly Way
By Nancy Castelli

Disaster Happens—Organize for Action Now
By JoAnn Scordino, CEM