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 in pretty containers and labeling them. I didn’t know, what I didn’t know! On this business-side, I was surprised to learn I could grow my business revenue with multiple streams of income such as paid speaking, training new organizers, writing books, subcontracting with The Container Store, and many more.
What are three personality traits that are crucial for someone in this career field?Working with clients – non-judgmental, patient, and compassionate
Working as a business owner – self-starter (you're the boss, and you need to know how to motivate yourself), be imperfect (perfectionism slows you down), and self-disciplined (good time management skills)