I often get contacted people who are looking to make a career change and possibly become a Professional Organizer.
I’m not that surprised by their career choice for a few reasons…
Since I became a Professional Organizer so many years ago, it’s been a great decision for me and my family!
Being my own boss hasn’t come without a semi-steep learning curve, but overall it’s been a fantastic experience so far.
Why do I love being a Professional Organizer?
Let me tell you just a few of the reasons…
Professional Organizers are in Control of their Schedules
One of the best aspects of being a Professional Organizer is being in control of their own schedules.
The flexible schedule that a Professional Organizer creates allows me to stay at home with my kids when needed.
As an organizer, I work only when as as much as I want.
This leaves me plenty of time so I can volunteer in their schools.
My former career as an attorney never would have given me this flexibility!
Professional Organizers Control How Much they Work
In fact, one reason I chose to become self employed was to be in control of my schedule.
Working as as an attorney wasn’t going to cut it.
I didn’t want to be waiting for more work from the two law firms I was working part time for before making this drastic career change.
I realized that I would never be calling the shots about when I worked or how much I worked if I continued working as an attorney.
It’s true though that I mostly liked the type of legal work I was doing.
But I didn’t like that I couldn’t ramp up for my workload to earn more money when it was needed or wanted.
The 80’s bathrooms in my home really needed to be re-done and I was never going to get there if I continued working for the law firms only.
No, I needed to switch things up to make those bathroom updates happen! And you know what?
It took some time (hello Great Recession diversion!) but both of my bathrooms were renovated last year!
Professional Organizers Work Only When they Want
I really do get to work when I want.
If one of my kids has a program at school, I schedule clients around the event.
If I need to block off a weekend or two in a row because of family obligations, it’s no issue.
I just fit clients in before or after that time.
No longer am I waiting for someone else to set my schedule. I’m the captain of my own ship.
If I want to work more, I call clients I haven’t seen in a while and schedule them for another session.
Easy peasy to notch my workload up or down, almost on command!
Professional Organizers Choose Their Clients
Another great thing about being a Professional Organizer is that they get to choose their clients.
You’re not limited to working with anyone that walks through the door.
Established organizers get to choose who they work with.
I gotta say, I really do love my clients!
The opportunity to work with, and meet all sorts of different people has been one the most fun (and unexpected) parts about this career.
I was meeting new people when working as an attorney, but it was mostly corporate people.
Now I get to work with men and women in different fields of work, with different living and working situations.
It’s interesting and the mix of people keeps things fresh.
Plus, my clients are really fun people to work with!
Part of that is because I’ve declined to take on clients that wouldn’t be a good fit to work with.
Few other careers offer as much flexibility in this area!
Professional Organizers Love What They Do
The last benefit about being a Professional Organizer I’ll discuss is that they get to do what they love.
When I think back to my former career as an attorney, one of the biggest things I didn’t enjoy was the stress of litigation.
The risk of making a mistake that would cost my clients potentially millions of dollars was super stressful.
I’m the type of person who worries about most things, and am relieved when they don’t happen.
With young kids in the picture, I didn’t want to have this kind of stress anymore since I was dealing with a new type of stress, the kid induced type.
What’s more, I get to do what I absolutely love: help people recognize and implement the systems they need to stay organized!
Because I’m an organized person by nature, working with clients rarely feels like “work.”
What looks like a giant, unworkable hot mess to some, is an amusement park for me!
I’m always ready for the challenge to sort everything out and make it functional again!
Ready to Dive in?
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