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Are you passionate about organizing? Have you ever wanted to be your own boss and set your own schedule while pursuing something you enjoy? Now you can make your dreams a reality.
Using plain language and easy-to-follow worksheets, Dawn Noble takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based professional organizing business. She shares her professional experience and expert advice on everything from estimating start-up costs and finding clients to what to wear for different types of assignments and how to stay profitable. Whether you’re just starting to explore your options for a home-based business or are an organizing wizard looking to be your own boss, this guide can help you establish and build your own successful organizing business.

Includes:
Self-evaluation Quiz + Organizing Tip Sheets + Marketing Plan Worksheet + Client Worksheets + Sample Proposal + Appendix of Product Catalogs and Web Sites 

About the Author

Dawn Noble, president and founder of Balance & Beyond, is a registered nurse and professional organizer who has coached many small-business owners about growing their businesses. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey.

 
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Product Details

  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762742453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762742455
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By OCD Bargain Hunter on July 15, 2007
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I checked this book out from my local library. Because it has been such a great resource I kept renewing it - over and over. I finally broke down and bought my own personal copy to keep handy. Dawn covers evaluating your readiness to be an entrepreneur to determining business growth strategies. Similar to Sara Pederson's book but more thorough. Great tips and forms to get you started.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By World Traveler on September 23, 2007
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It covers the basics. I also bought Everything You Need to Know About a Career as a Professional Organizer by Sara Pedersen and found that to be easier to read (more to the point) and more inspiring.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cowgirlimposter on February 24, 2009
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This is a very helpful book. It includes lots of details and great explanations of what it's like to start a career as a professional organizer. Noble gives you both sides of the story so you can determine for yourself whether this would be a good move for you. She also includes lots of lists, examples, quotes and insights from other professional organizers, and step-by-step suggestions for getting started. I feel ready to start my business after reading her book.

This book will be a good reference for years to come, I believe. It includes key information for day 1 of a career as well as day 300. I have highlighted lots of great advice and I know I will be keeping it close by in case any challenging situations arise in this journey.

I also bought Sara Pederson's book "Born to Organize," and found it to be too general to really help me feel prepared. It was way too simplified for my taste. Perhaps they would work well together (since they are so different) but if you only want to buy one book, I would suggest Dawn Noble's. It was much more detailed and helpful.

(I am someone who likes lots of details and lots of information before I make a leap into something new and I feel like Noble's book satisfied that need. Pederson's book left me wanting much, much more. If you want a basic introduction to the career, and would feel overwhelmed by lots of details and specifics, I guess Pederson's book could be helpful in that kind of situation.)

PS. After using this book for a few days, I wish Amazon would let me change my rating from 4 stars to 5. This is a very, very helpful book and it absolutely deserves 5 stars.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cleo on April 14, 2010
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This book is awesome! It has just about everything you need to get started as a professional organizer. It walks you though everything, step by step, from deciding if this is the right business for you, to choosing a business name, setting up your office, to your first client. It has lost of different forms and stuff that you can copy and modify to suit your needs. I love the fact that she doesn't just say, do this, don't do that. Instead, she gives options and explanations of each, making it easy for you to decide what is best for you. I do recommend reading other books like this, if you decide to go ahead and start a business, just to get more ideas and another point of view, but this is the one I keep referring back to most. Clear, concise, and easy to read...not all dry and boring. Everything is covered, and she adds little anecdotes from her own and other organizers experiences to give a sense of what its really like. Highly recommended!!!
P.S. I started a business using this book as a guide...2 weeks later I have my First client!!! Thanks, Dawn!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SJ Girl On The Go on April 7, 2010
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I am in the process of launching my own organizing business, so I wanted to get as much info as possible about what to keep in mind as I got my business off the ground. This book gives you a basic understanding of the business along with some good suggestions about things you need to be aware of as you get started. It doesn't have in-depth tools and resources for you to use, but it does provide a basic overview about what to expect, short examples and some simple forms. For the price, it isn't a bad investment. I have ordered several other books, which I hope will provide me with more information (forms, tools, checklists, etc.) that I can immediately incorporate into my business. This is a very basic read, so if you are looking for extensive information on the subject, this isn't really it. When I finished reading the book, I was still very hungry for more knowledge about the organizing business. However, the author did do a good job of clearly explaining the industry and how to start a home-based business in general.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Phillips on September 3, 2007
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This book was a very easy read and a great resource if you are looking to start your own organizing business. I refer to it often and would recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Turner6 on July 19, 2008
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I read this book after I trained one on one with a veteran professional organizer in my area. My business was already set up but I thought I would read this book anyway- boy am I glad I did! This book covers everything.. Thank you so much Dawn for this wonderful resource for us "newbies" out there!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JESSICA ANAYA-MARTINEZ on September 19, 2007
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I am always skeptical about buying books online. But this one was a great surprise. It has answered all my questions about starting a homebased organizing business. And here list and sample sheets were so helpful. Step by Step Resource. I love it and its my main manual for my business.
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