PO-104 Starting an Organizing Business (October 2016)
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When: October 4 & 5, 2016
From 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM EST
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Geralin Thomas
Contact: Genesis Guevarra

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PO-104 Starting An Organizing Business 

Title: Starting An Organizing Business

Course #: PO-104W

Course Description: Are you interested in becoming a Professional Organizer? This class provides a blueprint for entrepreneurs launching or growing an organizing business. Students will develop a step-by-step plan and learn what needs to be done and how to do it. NAPO-104’s instructor, Geralin Thomas, shares her own personal anecdotes, tips, techniques, trade secrets, and strategies for creating an organizing business. 

Upon completion of this class, attendees will be able to: 

  • Create an organizing or productivity business
  • Recognize the skills needed to run a business
  • Identify ideas for marketing a business
  • Determine fair market value for services
  • Conduct a preliminary consultation
  • Have a plan for identifying next steps in developing a business
  • Access additional resources for all the topics presented

Essential Entrepreneurial Specifics Covered


NAPO's definition of a professional organizer

  • Elements of becoming “professional”
  • What a professional organizer is not
  • A day in the life of a new pro organizer
  • A typical NAPO organizer
  • Niches and expertise in the organizing industry

Organizing the Organizer

  • Ergonomics and your workspace
  • Time management for the new business owner 
  • Traits of successful entrepreneurs
  • Naming your organizing business 
  • Business entities overview
  • Different types of insurance
  • Legal matters to consider
  • Transitioning to self-employment

Financial overview

  • Financial considerations
  • Pricing and fees
  • Payments, policies, cancellations, invoicing, credit cards
  • Bookkeeping 

Marketing, Branding, Advertising, PR 

  • Comparing and competing
  • New organizer pitfalls

The Down and Dirty: know what you're getting into

  • Reality and risks
  • Self-protection & common sense
  • Tools of the Trade

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Geralin Thomas CPO-CD®, Metropolitan Organizing

Format of course: Webinar

Location: Online (*Please note: The dial-in number for this course is not a toll-free number. Registrants are advised to utilize a long-distance service that provides cost-effective rates for extended-length calls. In addition, use of land-based phone is strongly encouraged.)
Class size: Class is limited to a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 50 participants. If the minimum requirement is not met, course registrants will be transferred to the next offering of this class, free of charge.
Cost: $180 members/$280 non-members
Confirmation and Course Materials: Confirmation of registration & course materials will be emailed to you at least three days prior to the course start date. If you do not receive this email, it is your responsibility to contact NAPO (via phone: 856.380.6828 or email: napo@napo.net) at least 24 hours prior to the course start date.
Cancellation and Transfer Policy: ALL CANCELLATIONS AND TRANSFER REQUESTS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING. A $10 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations or transfers. No refunds will be made on cancellations received less than one week before the course. No transfer requests will be honored once course information is received. Transfers will be accommodated based on course availability.
Disclaimer: This course may be recorded and may be offered for sale at NAPO's sole discretion. By signing up for the course, you irrevocably grant NAPO all rights in any contribution you make to the recording.

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