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To be a professional organizer, you’ll need to have a knack for the neat, tidy and organized. Good time management and interpersonal skills will be essential, as will the ability to remain cool-headed under pressure and in areas of clutter. In this post, we’ll overview the description of a professional organizer including education requirements, working knowledge needed, average salary, sample career path, working conditions, and regular duties. If you’re interested in learning more about a career in the fast growing industry of professional organizing, be sure to check out QC Design School’s Advanced International Organizing Professional course.
The field of Professional Organizing experienced a mega boom following the introduction of shows such as Hoarders and Hoarders: Buried Alive. It’s important not to confuse the duties of a professional organizer with those of a therapist or hoarding specialist – they’re not the same. A professional organizer is someone who goes into a space and clears out the unnecessary, then creates a neat and tidy organizational system. Someone who specializes in hoarding or provides therapy to people with OCD and “hoarding” is someone who has completed medical training.
The education requirements for professional organizing are vague, and technically no formal training is needed in many areas of the world. Having a certificate of completion showing you’ve completed voluntary training in the subject, however, will help you set apart from your competition. Whether you choose to study professional organizing from home or at an in-class school is up to you. Having proof that you’ve completed training in the subject will help to land you clients and give them extra confidence in your abilities.
In your career as a professional organizer, you’ll be expected to be able to create different organizing solutions and systems for a host of spaces, ranging from closets and pantries to bedrooms and mud-rooms. Having the ability to quickly identify necessary and unnecessary objects in a room is essential. It’s recommended that you have a basic working knowledge of furniture placement, available storage solutions, and common names for closet organizers, storage boxes, bins, as well as a list of places (online or off) where these items are available.
A professional organizer’s pay is dependent on his or her experience, knowledge, and skill level. For junior professional organizers, the salary is typically somewhere between $25,232 and $39,832. After 1-3 years of experience, you’re more likely to be in the range of $30,701 and $61,000. Later in your career, you can expect to earn an income between $80,000 and $100,000 – if not more. Having professional training in the subject and being dedicated to making your business a success will all work together to get you up to the higher range of income faster.
Sample Career Path
Below is a sample career path of someone looking to establish themselves as a self-employed professional organizer:
Working as an assistant organizer or junior professional organizer, building a client list and getting experience.
Working as an intermediate professional organizer, continuing to build client list and slowly inching up the hourly rate.
Working as an experienced professional organizer, working with mainly referrals earned from your past stand-out work. Ability to charge a higher rate and earn more income with a more flexible schedule.
Owning your own successful business, perhaps with junior professional organizers working beneath you and taking on more of the smaller tasks, reserving your time for jobs needing your expertise.
A professional organizer’s working conditions are fairly self-inflicted. As an organizer, you’ll be in charge of setting your own schedule and will likely work the first few years of your career from a home office. You’ll have to be able to work in stressful conditions and may find yourself surrounded by clutter for most of your work day. It can be a little nerve-wracking, so do your best to fight anxiety and give yourself time to cool off and unwind in the evening and over weekends!
Many people struggle with organization, particularly in their personal lives and homes. Even people who are the most organized at work can live in complete messes! Your job as an organizer is to go in and help put some order back into your clients’ lives. It might be creating a closet organizational system or it could be setting up an organizational system within an office space. Your duties will change often and will depend on the specific job at hand.
Interested in becoming a professional organizer? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at QC Design School today and learn about its Professional Organizing course. The school accepts students from around the world and allows them to study from home and at their own paces.
In this day and age, everyone needs to be able to write clearly and communicate concisely – regardless of your career field. When you’re an author, it’s your job to write. That makes having the ability to write effectively and efficiently even more important. In this post, we’ll explore how to improve your writing skills so you can say what you mean faster and better, and become an all-around better communicator.
When you’re looking to become a better writer, one of the best ways to spend your time is actually reading. Reading books at different levels of difficulty will challenge you to refresh your vocabulary and become familiar with words you may not currently use. A good tactic for testing your abilities is to choose a message and try to write it at least five different ways. Adding more words to your lexicon, and doing so on a regular basis, will allow you to get better faster.
Another way to improve your writing skills? Improve your speaking skills. When someone’s reading your writing, you want them to be able to hear a voice in their head saying the words. What better way to perfect your tone and explanation skills than to actually speak to another person! Practice this by explaining different concepts, talking about the news, or debating a subject with someone else. This will also allow you to pull from your expanding vocabulary – the one you’re building while you read.
Write a page a day. Try to write about different topics each day to practice your range. Doing this will help you be able to write about anything – regardless of your knowledge base. It will also allow you practice different tones, devices, and styles. When writing in a professional setting, you’ll want to employ an informative and concise tone. When writing for entertainment, you’ll want to be engaging and sweep your readers up, away, and into your story.
Lastly, improve your writing with a friend. Even if it’s a pen pal (or the digital version of one), have someone else look over your writing and give you constructive criticism. If you consistently use the same handful of words or fall victim to run-on sentences a little too often, a second pair of eyes will be much more effective at catching your faults than you will be. We write as we’re used to writing, so to break a bad habit you need someone to bring it to your attention in the first place.
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When you think of the word “competition”, what do you think? Perhaps you think of words including “difficult”, “challenge”, or “better”. How do you feel when you hear the word? Maybe you feel slightly anxious, unnerved, or perhaps you feel energized and ready to win. Competition in the world of business exists for more reasons than simply to allow you fewer leads and to split your potential income with others. In fact, there are many reasons why competition is a good thing in business. Seriously! Read on to see our top reasons and how you, too, can change your view on competition and become better because of it.
1. Competition = Ability to Charge More
I know what you’re thinking, “How is that even possible?” With so many companies slashing prices to so-called “compete”, you’d think that more competition would mean you’d have to offer more discounts or charge less. In fact, however, more competition often means your industry is growing and become more in-demand, therefore allowing you to inch up your prices along with your competitors. Sure, you’ll probably want to offer a great deal every once in a while, but overall more competition will help you justify your rates and allow you to be “better” than someone. It’s a lot more difficult to justify your services and rates to a client when you’re the only one offering them.
2. Competition = Networking Opportunities
Your competitors can’t take every project that comes their way, and they’ll most likely look at their network and suggest an alternative to a prospective client when they simply can’t take them on. This could mean you! Get out to networking events and reach out to your competition. A healthy industry and possible connections is a good thing in anyone’s eyes. As they say, keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer – or at least your direct competitors.
3. Competition = Collaboration
Some events are simply too large for a single business to take on. Opportunities may arise that will allow you to collaborate with others in your field, and possibly even merge your businesses down the road – giving you a large slice of the market and the ability to take on more and larger projects. Never look at your business competition as a negative, because it really isn’t. In fact, having competition can be a huge positive – just look at all the major corporations that have merged or been acquired by other companies. Your big pay day could come sooner than you expect.
4. Competition = Motivation
When you’re in a highly competitive market place, you’ll need to remain focused and driven. Competition can be very motivating! You’ll want to stay ahead of your competitors and offer the latest and greatest, so check out what your competition is doing often and, once again, get out to networking events. You’ll be surprised what you can learn about a company’s current projects over a refreshment!
Now, we’d like to hear from you. What’s your main concern with having competition? Let us know so we can provide some suggestions for how to overcome them in a comment below!
YouTube is an incredibly powerful social media hub, currently boasting more than one billion unique visitors each month, over four billion hours of video watched each month, over seventy-two hours of video uploaded each minute – with 30% of this activity coming from within the USA and 70% outside of it. It’s the place to be for anyone and everyone, as you can find nearly anything your heart desires and share just the same. While video was previously more heavily reserved for large companies able to produce expensive commercials, YouTube has helped to break down the barrier and gives everyday people – and even small businesses – an incredibly powerful way to reach an audience. Below, I’ll be talking about how to use YouTube to build your business.
1. Be There, and Be There Regularly
This step is so simply, you’d wonder why more people aren’t doing it. Taking an account only takes a minute, and even less if you already have a Gmail account or use another Google service. Being present on the website and able to check out what your competition is doing, leave comments, and interact with others is an absolute must, and a very easy step one.
2. Subscribe to Relevant Channels
It’s easy to subscribe to channels on YouTube, and after you’ve subscribed you’ll get updated whenever a channel you follow uploads a new video. Try to subscribe to relevant information sources to whatever industry you’re in. For example, if you’re a Florida-based wedding planner, subscribe to copyright free music channels, local bands, floral arrangement how-to videos, wedding DIYs, and anything else you think may help you in your job. Not only will you have unlimited access to these information sources, but you’ll also be building a connection with the channel owner. Hello, networking!
3. Create Your Own Channel
While this may seem intimidating at first, it’s really easy. Think about it, kids are making YouTube channels and uploading pranks, songs, and vlogs – so you can definitely do it, too. Create a channel, upload a good looking profile picture and cover photo, and fill in your bio with any information someone would want to know. Where is your business? What do you do? How can you be contacted? Put all that information into your bio/about me section.
4. Start Uploading
Don’t think that just because you don’t have any subscribers that no one will see your videos, or that there isn’t a point to uploading. People subscribe because you do post videos, not the other way around. Start off with something like an introduction video and talk about who you are, what your business does, etc. Or, you could upload a picture slide show showing off some recent work you’ve done. It’s honestly as simple as that! As you get more comfortable and more advanced, maybe you could show off some video footage of a recent job, event, or a tutorial.
5. Use Tags and Description To Your Advantage
When you upload a video, you get to type in a description, choose a category, and tag it with keywords. Use these opportunities to really tell people what your video is about! Even if someone isn’t subscribed to your channel (yet!) they may stumble across your “how to do winged eyeliner” video when looking for a tutorial. If you don’t enter a video title that makes sense, don’t tag it, and leave the description blank – how they will know they should watch it?
If you have a website, put a YouTube logo on it. Share your YouTube channel URL and new videos through all your social networks, as well as in any email marketing your company does. It could be as simple as sending out a Tweet that says “New Video: Rustic Wedding in Vancouver [insert URL here]”, and only takes a second to do. If you tell people you’re on YouTube, they’ll know. If you don’t, they won’t. It’s as easy as that.
7. Interact with Other Channels
Leave comments, give videos you like a thumbs up, and even reach out to relevant channels in your area via a message. If you support them, they’ll often support you. While asking for “subscribe for a subscribe” isn’t the best idea, it is true that a lot of channel owners will subscribe to you after seeing you’ve subscribed to them.
8. Stick With It
If you don’t think it’s paying off right away, don’t give up. The more you upload and the more you network, the more people will see your channel and want to watch what you upload next. It can be a little discouraging at first, but it’s worth it to help build a buzz around your brand and be able to show prospective clients what you’re capable of doing.
9. Have Fun
Don’t take yourself too seriously! If you’re going to star in a video, try to smile and be your natural self. People love connecting with other people, so try to remember that when filming. If you find it awkward talking to a camera, tape a picture of someone who makes you smile right beside it to make you feel more comfortable and keep you smiling. If you mess up, don’t worry, you can always use a free program like Windows Movie Maker or Apple’s iMovie to edit the video prior to uploading.
10. Keep it Professional
If you’ve made a YouTube channel for your interior decorating business, don’t upload a ten minute rant about your recent break up. Of course that’s just an example, but I imagine you get the point. Keep it professional and try to upload relevant, interesting videos. While you want to have fun making videos, you want the person watching to also feel happy and enjoy them. Try not to be negative, ramble, rant, or draw attention away from the product or service you’re trying to sell. Anything you upload should relate to your business in some way or another, and if it doesn’t – don’t upload it.
Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, leave your link in a comment. I’d love to check it out!
The life of a fashion stylist involves a lot of organization, a lot of running around, and a lot of taking your good taste and using it to help other people. If you’ve ever wondered how to become a fashion stylist, we’ve got the answer for you – QC Style Academy‘s brand new Fashion Styling online course.
What is QC Style Academy?
QC Style Academy is so excited to announce the launch of its first course in Fashion Styling. Within the course, you’ll learn exactly how to become a personal stylist – and how to become a successful stylist at that. From working with textures, colors, and fabrics to working with brides, bridal parties, and maternity clients – this course has it all. Plus, you’ll enjoy hours of videos featuring NYC editorial and personal stylist Alison Stewart (founder of stylewhipped.com).
This is QC Career School’s first ever course that’s completed totally online, so you’ll be able to study from virtually anywhere in the world and on any device. Whether you’d like to read through your e-books on the computer, your tablet, Kindle, or phone – the choice is yours. If you’d like to pop in your complimentary DVDs or stream the videos online – it’s up to you. Not to worry though, you’ll still receive plenty of hands-on experience when it comes time to complete the 34 assignments within the course.
Tell me about the assignments…
For the assignments, you’ll be asked to complete short quizzes, submit photos and collages, create your own marketing materials and more. All assignments will be submitted online to your Style Mentor, a working fashion stylist. You’ll receive thorough audio recorded feedback as well as the chance to speak with your tutor during his/her virtual office hours once a month. Oh, and you’ll always have unlimited access to your Online Student Center and student forum.
Who is your course designed for?
Our Fashion Styling course is designed for anyone and everyone looking to become a fashion stylist. With a focus on achieving balance and working with body types of both men and women, this course will have you prepared to begin a successful personal styling career in any location. We’ve taken the time to ensure all our teachings are applicable to any environment, whether you live in a fashion hub such as NYC or LA or a more remote community. We’ll provide you with concrete examples of ways you can build your portfolio on a budget, no matter where you live or how much experience you already have.
The course contains an unparalleled amount of career training, too. You’ll learn how to properly harness the power of social media to expand your research and build your client list, how to accurately complete paperwork like invoices, quotes, and receipts, how to register your business and file taxes, and more. We’ll also provide you with business forms, printable guides, and all the templates you’ll need to get started. You’ll continue to have unlimited access to these materials even after you graduate!
How to become a fashion stylist – now!
It’s easy. Click here to enroll with QC Style Academy today, or call 1-800-267-1829. We’re an international online school, so we accept students from all over the globe. We can’t wait to welcome you, too!
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The life of a travel agent sounds ultra glamorous and filled with fun travel. Everyone knows at least one travel agent, whether they be a friend or family member, who always seems to be jetting off on vacation or traveling somewhere beautiful for “business”. It makes you wonder – is a career as a travel agent really all it’s cracked up to be? Is “travel agent” really a good career?
Our answer is simple: yes, it is. Although it may not be as glamorous as it sounds, as it certainly demands a lot of work and sufficient training, but the rest is pretty accurate. Travel agents are able to score incredible travel deals, help out family and friends with companion discounts, jet away on “fam trips” to become familiar with a new resort or hotel, and meet thousands of people over the course of their careers.
Like any career, you get out of it what you put into it. You’ll earn more if you work more hours, work harder, and learn to service your clients better than your competition. You’ll enjoy more rewards if you earn more income (some places even offer commission). And, unlike most jobs, everyday involves new challenges, new people, and plenty of excitement.
QC Travel School offers two online learning programs in travel consultancy. The first is Travel + Tourism and the second is Travel + Tourism plus GDS Training. Personally, I always recommend prospective students go with the second option and choose Travel + Tourism plus GDS Training. This particular course will prepare you fully for your career as a travel agent, consultant, or employee at a travel planning shop. While you’ll still need to check local regulations and likely earn yourself an official license, this course is an amazing stepping stone and will set you that much further ahead of other travel agents who are just beginning their careers.
To learn more about the course, please click here. To chat with someone right away, email [email protected] or call 1-800-267-1829. Our student support team is available Mon-Fri from 8am-6pm ET and would love to hear from you.
We are so excited to announce the upcoming launch of our newest course in Personal Styling. If you’ve ever wanted to become a fashion stylist, now is the time. Our online course will have you studying from e-books, DVDs, and completing hands on assignments. You’ll submit them to your Style Mentor – a professional and established fashion stylist.
You’ll learn about topics such as working with body types, maternity styling, bridal styling, fashion over forty, second hand shopping, styling for men, and more. We’ll also provide you with the business savvy you’ll need to succeed. You’ll learn all about topics such as networking, how to network online, how to use social media for your business, marketing, promotion, and more. We teach it all.
You’ll also be learning from NYC fashion stylist, Alison Stewart of Stylewhipped.com. She’s styled for endless print and ad campaigns, worked with celebrities, and has a roster of editorial and personal styling projects that will inspire you. Alison is actually one of the style mentors, too, so you may even be paired with her when you enroll. Your Style Mentor will provide you with audio feedback on each assignment you complete so you can move forward with confidence and keep improving all through the course.
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