Starting out in your Professional Organising Business – The Basics

A general mentoring call is especially valuable to those in the first year of business or those struggling to focus on their business development. We’ve all taken that leap of faith and know how tricky it is getting the ball rolling (and keep the momentum!).

During the call, your mentor will provide honest, practical and passionate advice about our industry and how to navigate the early or expanding stages of your business.

If you have not yet joined APDO but are interested in starting a career in professional organising, this is an ideal way to begin your research and see if it’s the right path for you.

Topics you may wish to discuss include:

• How to ensure your profile stands out on ‘Find an Organiser’
• Improving your website
• Marketing your services – what works and what doesn’t
• Promoting your business in the media
• APDO training courses
• Pricing and payment policies
• Carrying out an effective declutter
• Keeping motivated during quieter times

Fees are:

  • APDO members: £60 inc VAT
  • Non-members: £75 inc VAT

Here’s who you can talk to further about this topic:




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  • Lesley Spellman



    Lesley Spellman has run The Clutter Fairy for over 8 years and with her small team has decluttered and organised more than 700 happy clients. With over 5 years’ service on the APDO Board managing social media, the introduction of the mentoring scheme, the development of our latest website and in her role as trainer, she fully understands the industry as a whole, its challenges, quirks, benefits and regional variations. She feels privileged to have introduced so many newcomers to the workings of our fabulous industry having done over 100 mentoring calls. She is a website/SEO advocate and can check and evaluate your website before the call and give you practical pointers to guide your marketing strategy and help find those valuable clients. You can expect passion, honesty, straight talking advice and lots of useful practical information during a call.

    Globe logo www.clutterfairy.co.uk

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  • Ingrid Jansen



    Ingrid set up Organise Your House 8 years ago and she has done over 800 projects to date. Ingrid loves decluttering wardrobes, kitchens and paperwork but she will work in any area in her clients' homes. Besides decluttering and organising she also loves helping her clients unpack after a house move and she works with clients who are (considering) downsizing. She attends regular networking events, is interested in organising techniques and methods worldwide and is moving forward with her youtube channel. As 4-year President of APDO she has contacts worldwide, is a motivator and energetic personality and an APDO trainer.
    Ingrid can advice both organisers who are just beginning their journey or share advanced knowledge to members who have been in the industry for a couple of years already. She can also share networking tips and give tips about filming with your smartphone.

    Globe logo www.organiseyourhouse.co.uk

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  • Sarah Bickers



    Previously a physiotherapist working with disability, and with a special interest in ADHD, Sarah started Free Your Space in 2014. She particularly enjoys working over a longer period with clients who struggle with organisation so that lasting changes are seen.
    Professional development has always been a priority for her, and she loves encouraging new small business owners, so she is proud to be on the APDO training team.
    Sarah has a particular interest in helping you identify your ‘dream client’, so that you start getting the right kind of enquiries for you!

    Globe logo www.freeyourspace.co.uk

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  • Katherine Blackler



    Katherine founded SortMySpace Ltd in January 2016. She was determined from the outset to make an impact on the decluttering and organising world and is the current President of APDO. She recognises the challenges we face being a solopreneur in a developing industry but is equally excited about the opportunities that exist for those who join this rewarding career. Katherine will encourage you to step outside your comfort zone to develop both yourself and your business.
    With 15+ years in the corporate world she can help guide you through event management, office admin and project management queries. Katherine can share what’s in her professional organiser toolkit; Both practically in her bag but also any business mindset techniques she’s found useful as she walks along her own path of self-discovery and business growth.

    Globe logo www.sortmyspace.co.uk

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