This year, I am doing an “Interviewing Fabulous Small Business Owners” series to help all of us know we are not alone in the process of entrepreneurship. I hope these interviews give you inspiration and tips to make your business a huge success.
1. Tell us about your business and when you started.
I am a professional organizer and time management strategist. I help people cut through physical and mental clutter, so they have the time and space to live the life they choose. We all have goals and dreams. Clutter and a massive to-do list can get in the way of accomplishing those dreams. I help my clients declutter and create unique organizational systems that work with their life and personality. Pantries, closets, game rooms, garages and everything in between. I also advise both adults and teens on how to set goals and manage their time. I’ve been in business since May of 2015.
2. Why did you start your business?
I have always been an organized and efficient person. As I raised my children, I would volunteer for various organizations and help friends simplify and organize. A lightbulb came on one day that this is the gift I was given and I am meant to share it. I noticed through the years how people would struggle with having too much to do or having cluttered homes. This really affected their lives in so many ways. I believe each of us has unique gifts to share and it gives me great joy to witness the peace and calm that organization brings to others.
3. What do you feel is an area you struggle in your business?
I am not a math person. At. All. So keeping the books is something I struggle with. Also, I’m an introvert. I find it hard to promote myself sometimes.
4. What did you do to combat or overcome this struggle?
Luckily I married a finance guy, and he keeps me on track! Actually, I downloaded an app called Everlance. I record my expenses and revenues here. It also tracks my mileage when I travel to clients or shop for them. I can download this, and it makes it much easier for my hubby to do my taxes. Bless him.
5. Please share some tips on how you made your business a success.
I try to provide my clients with as much value as possible. While I am organizing for them, I create a list of ideas, products to consider, and apps to try. I give them extra resources like a laminated menu sheet or my packet on how to use the Eisenhower Square (evaluating tasks based on urgency and importance.) I include one free trip to the consignment store, thrift store or recycling center free of charge. In addition, there is no judgment with me. We all have value that has nothing to do with how cluttered or tidy our homes may be. I find that simply being as kind and helpful as I can ensure repeat business and positive word of mouth.
Thank you, Daria, for sharing your struggles and how you overcame them.
I know that I, as well as, every small business owner I know have experienced these struggles from time to time with their business. Daria definitely figured out how to make her business work for her and her clients. She also found ways to improve even her struggles. I hope this interview helps you realize you are not alone in the struggles of business ownership. We are all here experiencing similar stepping stones to a better life. Until next time.
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