A career as a professional organizer is rewarding as you continually witness changes in the lives of your clients. However, approaching this career as a business, rather than a hobby, requires a different skill set beyond the ability to organize.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you want to run your own business or work for someone else? Self-employment is not for everyone. For the right person, it can be a way to take control of the future; for others, it may be the trap that stifles them.
- Have you taken time to formulate a sound idea and written goals? Hopes and wishes are not goals. They may kindle a fire, but they will not keep it going. A ship does not leave the harbor until the captain has a clear destination and plots the course.
- Have you established a sturdy foundation upon which to grow and evolve? You have complete control over how you think, how you respond and how you live. Make it a habit to move a step forward each day and you will build a viable organizing career without sacrificing personal life.
- Do you believe in yourself? Your attitude determines your altitude. Don’t talk endlessly about what you are going to do. Aimless discussion dissipates resolve. If you are compelled to verbalize, accomplish a task and then talk about it. Doing this will build true self-confidence and an independent spirit.
- Are you seeking support along your journey? Attend a NAPO-CT meeting to get to know Connecticut organizers. NAPO members are your best resource. You may attend 2 meetings before making the commitment to join. However, you must be a NAPO National member before joining the Connecticut chapter.
Success depends on you and you alone. To succeed, you need a willingness to work hard in order to achieve your goals. Do not fall victim to the catchy phrase, “build it and they will come” or the misdirected faith in the inherent appeal of being organized. Success, whether you are your own boss or you are working for some else, requires dedication and commitment.
As you make the choice to become a professional organizer, do so with thoughtfulness, care, commitment, courage and the willingness to take calculated risks. And remember, NAPO-CT is here to provide education, camaraderie, resources, and credibility.