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Choosing A Professional Organizer

By Ramona Creel

Feel free to use this tip sheet / checklist as you tackle your own ""do-it-yourself"" organizing projects.

BACKGROUND AND CREDENTIALS

How long have you been a Professional Organizer?
What is your educational background?
What kind of work did you do before becoming an organizer?
Why did you become a Professional Organizer?
Are you a member of NAPO? Any other professional groups?
Do you have any relevant certifications or distinctions?
Can you provide me with 5 client references that I may contact?

METHOD OF WORKING

Do you have a "minimum" size job?
What is a standard length session? How often would we meet?
What is your organizing philosophy?
What is expected of me during work sessions? What can I expect of you?
Do you provide supplies? Will you shop for supplies? What is the fee?
Do you bring in assistants or work alone?
Can you refer me to other related services if I need them?
Do you assign "homework" between organizing sessions?
Would we work in person or over the phone?

POLICIES AND FEES

Do you charge by the hour, the day, or the project for your services?
Do you charge for travel? How much?
Do you guarantee your work in any way?
Do you have a cancellation policy? What is it?
Do you charge extra to work nights or weekends? Any other fees?
Do you offer a free on-site consultation? If you charge for it, how much?
Do you have a written contract or letter of agreement?
Are you insured or bonded?

SERVICES

What business or corporate organizing services do you provide?
What residential organizing services do you provide?
Do you put on workshops or speaking engagements?
Do you work with seniors? Children? Students?
Do you work with ADD / ADHD or chronically disorganized clients?
Do you work with disabilities? Learning disorders? Traumatic brain injury?
Do you work with groups or just individuals?

Copyright Ramona Creel, all rights reserved. Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.