Frequently Asked Questions
About the field of professional organizing …
Question: What is a professional organizer?
A career in Professional Organizing is very rewarding. It is a growing industry and there are many creative ways to help people get organized and put order into their lives. Professional Organizers provide information, products and assistance to help others get better organized.
Professional Organizers provide products and services such as:
- Paper Management
- Project Management
- Residential Organizing
- Business Organizing
- Kitchen Designing & Organizing
- Home offices
- Closet Design/Organizing
- Events/Meeting Planner
- Filing Systems
- Records Management
- Space Planning
- Time Management
- Computer Consulting
- Estate Sales
- Public Speaking
- Wardrobe Consulting
- Home Inventory
Question: What is NAPO?
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is recognized as the association for organizers, and is the premier national association dedicated to the field of organizing.
Formed in 1985 as a not-for-profit professional association, NAPO (pronounced NAY-poh) is dedicated to serving its thousands of members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public.
NAPO’s mission is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry. NAPO’s dozens of chapters are located throughout the country. The association is affiliated with the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD), Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) and the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).
Question: Is this a hard business to get off the ground?
It is not difficult to get off the ground at all and I landed my first job the first day I went out passing my brochures around.
Success in any business endeavor has a lot to do with your marketing skills, so it is wise to absorb information in this area. If you feel you have the skills but lack the business and marketing know-how, you can get a lot of the basics from books.
Question: What has been the greatest key to your success as a Professional Organizer?
Creative marketing. I continually create promotional activities to keep my business expanding to higher levels of success. I review my marketing plan quarterly, adding to it and tweaking it. I formulate a program to implement my plan and that is continually watched to ensure I meet certain targets, etc. I constantly look at what others are doing to spark new ideas for promoting my business. I diligently stay on top of market trends and offer new services to meet current demands (i.e., enhancing my Web site and using the internet to help people).
Question: I’m interested in changing careers and am looking into the field of organizing consultant. Where can I find information on companies in my area and about a becoming a Professional Organizer?
You can contact the National Association of Professional Organizers at www.napo.net. You can find out about any local Chapters in your area and meet other members there. You might also check your phone directory under “organizing services” for professional organizers in your area.
Question: What would you suggest I take as a first step in setting up my own organizing business?
One thing I suggest you do is do our training program or read the book, “Manual For Professional Organizers” by Cyndi Seidler.