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Professional Organizers are Starting Their Career Younger!

Blessing McKenzie
I had the fantastic opportunity to have Blessing McKenzie, a high school Junior, job shadow me yesterday.Blessing is considering a career as a professional organizer!I think that speaks volumes to where our industry is headed.She also interviewed me for her school project and agreed to let me blog about her questions and my answers.
What are some of the biggest challenges that you face for this job? If you are a business owner, I would say the biggest challenge you face is finding clients, or rather clients finding you.  That’s the simple answer.  The fact is, the biggest problem is having the education and experience to work with chronically disorganized (CD) clients.
What is one thing that surprised you about this career?What surprised me about this career was discovering people are chronically disorganized rather than situationally disorganized.  When I first started my career, I thought I would be organizing people’s things in a more orderly way and put loose things…

Reflections

Happy fall!  As I reflect on the past 14 years of training new professional organizing business owners, I thought it might be interesting to share with you some facts about the Institute for Professional Organizers:
We have taught new professional organizing business owners since 2004400+ participants have completed our training programAll but 2 participants are femaleFrom 17 countriesWhose average exam score is 88.8%From our training evaluation survey, 100% of our participants said they would recommend our training program to new professional organizing business ownersWe've held 50 live seminars and client practicumsIn 2009 I wrote the book Get Rich Organizing for the sole purpose to provide information and education during the economic downturn when it was not financially comfortable for some people to complete the full training program. I don't have exact book sales because it sells through many channels.  I do know the book sales I have processed, and those of the publisher…