Finding your Niche as a Professional Organizer
Finding your niche as a Professional Organizer will be beneficial to you in many ways. It will help you stand out from the generalists, focus your marketing efforts and target your potential organizing clients.
To determine your professional organizing niche, first think about what makes you happy… Do you love to organize homes; tearing though closets, organizing kitchens, sorting Legos? Or perhaps you prefer to organize offices, working with paper and processes. How about specialty areas like downsizing seniors or unpacking after a move? Maybe you like to work with clients who have special needs; such as hoarding or ADD?
Let’s do a little visualization….close your eyes and picture yourself walking into a space. Is it a home or an office space? Now imagine it’s disorganized. What are you most excited about tackling first? How about when you are organizing your own space? What areas give you the most pleasure and what, if anything makes you cringe? Even if you love, love, love to organize, there is usually something you don’t like to do. My favorite thing to organize is clothing and closets. So, that is the first thing I’ll tackle in my own space. My closets and dresser are perfect. My least favorite thing to organize is papers, especially when it comes to filing – so I have to force myself to tackle that.
If you haven’t done enough organizing to be sure, you can certainly start out by trying all different areas and figuring out what you like (and don’t) as you go.
The best way go about finding your niche as a Professional Organizer is by helping people you know. Offer a free session to friends and family in their homes and even offices. This will give you the opportunity to test your skills and figure out what you like (and don’t like) to do in a comfortable, no-pressure setting. Make sure you are offering your free services to those who will provide you with constructive feedback, so you can get an idea of not only what you like to do, but also what you might really good at and areas where you might need a little more practice.
For more education and information on how to start your career as professional organizer, we invite you to take our on-demand e-Course: Business 101: 10 Steps to Set up Your Organizing Business.