If you are wondering what it’s like to work as a Professional Organizer, you are in the right place because in today’s video I’m sharing some of the pros and cons of having a professional organizing business.  

There is so much to love about the business of home organizing: you get to help people, be your own boss, and are constantly learning new skills while meeting interesting people.

I also want you to be prepared for some of the downsides of this business. Your income can vary from week to week, you may work with clients who have a chronic problem (you can’t “fix” everyone), and it’s sometimes strange asking for money to do something you find easy and fun.  

Benefits of Working as a Professional Organizer

  • Helping people
  • Being your own boss
  • Constant learning
  • Never a dull day

Professional Organizers love helping others

You certainly need to have a passion for helping others to work as an organizer – and a lot of patience! I enjoy taking my clients through the transformation from chaos to calm. There are not too many jobs that are so personal. Organizers are in a unique position to assist thier clients sort confusing papers, wade through mountains of clothing, and downsize a lifetime of clutter. What we do changes lives!

What’s better than being your own boss?

Most home organizers go in to business for themselves and are not employed by others. I love the independence of setting my own course. You’ll need to keep yourself motivated! But I do not miss the annual reviews, boring team meetings, and strict 9 to 5 schedule of my old corporate job.

There is always something new to learn about organizing!

Every job and customer is unique. I suppose some folks may see this as a challenge, but I love that I am constantly solving problems. Whether I’m trying to make something fit, figuring out where something will “live,” or researching the latest organizing gadget, there is no shortage of new things to learn.

Every day is a new adventure!

I remember being so bored at previous jobs! Now, when I am organizing a kitchen, garage, or closet, my brain is always active. There is not a lot of downtime. When I am unpacking a house or helping a client downsize we have a lot to talk about. Clients love to share their stories! And I always find some objet d’art that starts an interesting conversation. There are not too many jobs where you get to help someone review all the things in their life.

A few “cons” of the Professional Organizing Business

  • Unpredictable income
  • You can’t “fix” people
  • You have to be “on” all the time
  • Getting paid for doing what you love can be weird!

When you work with disorganization, plan for some ups and downs in your schedule

Something I realized early on, working as a Professional Organizer, is that many of my clients struggle with being over-committed and effwectively managing their time. I’ve had clients cancel as I was driving to their appointments and some stand me up altogether. Over the years I’ve gotten better about pre-screening and enforcing cancellation fees, but client cancellations and other unpredictable factors like weather and illness can create income fluctuations in any service business.

You’ll want to fix everyone, but you can’t!

For me the hardest part by far of working as a Professional Organizer is that I can’t just wave a magic wand and organize someone’s home and life. Unless people make real lifestyle changes like reducing consumption, putting things away everyday, and completing all those unfinished projects in their homes, the spaces you organize for your client may quickly return to a chaotic mess. We can advise, teach, and support our client’s efforts, but at the end of the day ultimate success is in their hands.

Organizers need to be “on” all the time

Organizing for a living can be mentally and physically exhausting. Depending on the types of jobs you take and your specialty, you could be on your feet all day. Lifting and moving clothing, papers, and household items or unpacking houses is a workout. New organizers report to me how sore they are after their first organizing project, not to mention the mental and emotional toll it takes working with someone to eliminate sentimental items. Of course most of your clients will struggle to let go of things… that’s why they have so much clutter and why they call an organizer!

Getting paid for doing what you love can be weird!

People who organize for a living love to organize! No surprise right? And we’ve organized a lot of stuff in our own homes and probably our friends and family’s homes too, at no charge. It’s a little weird at first to charge for services that we enjoy so much. I remember Marie Kondo exclaiming: “I love mess!” in an episode of Tidying Up on Netflix. But we are building a business, one with operating expenses, and still need a salary to pay the bills!

When I became a Certified Professional Organizer in 2007 I was already training a team of organizers and growing the community of organizers as President of my local NAPO Chapter. Now I’m here to help you grow your career! E-mail your questions about the business of home organizing to [email protected]

Ready to start your own Home Organizing business?

There are many things to consider when starting an organizing business like:

  • What will I name my business?
  • Where will I find clients?
  • How do I become an organizer?
  • Do I need to be certified?
  • How will I structure my business?

You have come to the right place! Check out my other blogs on starting a decluttering business:

How to Start a Professional Organizing Business

The Ultimate Reading List for (wannabe) Certified Professional Organizers

How to Create a Name for your Organizing Business

7 Ways to Get Clients for your Professional Organizing Business

Get a copy of my free guide “Professional Organizer’s Launch Guide” HERE

When you are ready to start your own decluttering business, check out all my courses on working as a professional organizer in my course bundle for the best price on courses to create and market your organizing business and design a system of organization that will work with all your clients no matter how small or large their volume of clutter!