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Wading In vs. Diving In (Or how to start an organizing business)

May 21, 2017 4:12 PM | Anonymous

During our monthly May meeting, we had a round table discussion about various organizing business related questions. It was great and we had thoughtful and helpful conversations. 

What struck me through the course of the small groups sharing their topic highlights was that people enter into professional organizing as a career in two main ways - wading in or jumping in. 

Waders - They think about organizing for a long time, slowly crafting a business with the perfect name and branding and website. They start with one or two clients they know and grow from there. 

And that is totally okay. 

Jumpers  - They dive head first into organizing, they may or may not have a social media presence or website or even a name, but they start organizing and figure it out as they go. 

And that is totally okay. 

I bring this up because no matter how you start your business or how you journey down the business owner path, it is your journey. No one can tell you how fast you should be going or what you should have done by this or that date or year marker.

There are times when you need to heed wisdom, to act, to slow down, to process, to learn. That is part of being a business owner. 

There are also times you need to listen to your self and own that you might be wading into organizing or jumping in and either way is normal and okay. 

Words to Leave You With:

For the Waders, remember that your business and website will always be a work in progress. Don't wait until everything is perfect to act, it never will be.

For the Jumpers, remember that business goals and plans orient you and keep you focused on ideal clients and you know - having a legal business. Don't wing it, plan it!

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