This week’s guest on the POTTank podcast is Holly Perez, of HAP Organizing in Portland, Oregon.
Holly is a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer, promoting her Professional Organization Business, as a partner with Organize 365.
In this week’s podcast episode Lisa poses many questions to Holly, who is now in her second year in business. Holly decided to become a Professional Organizer working full time for a corporation, doing a job she loves. She never intended to set out to own her own business,but has been inspired by women who retired “from corporate life” in their 50s to work on their own businesses full time. She was a huge fan of Lisa Woodruff and Organize 365. She was feeling good and getting her house under control, and it made her curious to see what other organizing podcasts were out there. She stumbled on this podcast, when it was first released, was a listener and thought it would be fun as a career after she retired. Inspired by Organize 365, she decided to take the plunge!
Her advice for anyone considering becoming a Professional Organizer? “Listen to POTtank and suck up as much knowledge from that as possible to get started. Come to Lisa’s live events to hear her motivate you in person and network with other POs. But really if you’re starting a business yourself and you want to be your own boss you have to look inward, find your passion/your “why” and everything else can fall into place. Like Lisa says ‘you are enough’ – you have it in you to be what you want to be, so you have to find the confidence to know you’re worth it and deserve it. Get to know yourself so you can develop a unique personal brand and go after clients that you will work with well. Having your own business means you don’t have to work with anyone and everyone. Hiring a coach you can have one-on-one sessions with really helps with this personal development. Oh and don’t compare yourself to the what everyone else is doing. There is no ‘right way’. It does help to find a mentor/model who is only a tiny bit further than you in the process of starting the business.”
One thing that Holly feels is unique about her business/services is her name. “I picked my name HAP Organizing Solutions to mean various things. On one hand it stands for my initials Holly A. Perez, but it really stands for Happy and Productive. This is the emotional base for what I’m offering to clients. It also can abbreviate Home offices and Paper. 🙂 I use my corporate experience to focus on efficiency and streamlining the home’s operations as if you were improving processes at work. It’s about gaining savings of time and money. My philosophy is that we don’t need to waste time/money on organizing products in order to make a significant impact. It’s all about prioritizing the client’s most impactful project to build momentum and experience the benefits right away.”
Listen in as Holly and Lisa share what it’s like to be a Professional Organizer today!
You can listen here!
You can learn more about Holly’s business here!