As I launched my professional organizing business last year, I set out to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible, from my fellow organizers — without spending all of my new business income on forms, coaching, and other services aimed at new P.O.s. What an open, generous, and supportive community it has turned out to be!
Here are some of my top FREE resources for current and prospective P.O.’s looking to connect with and learn from each other and our more established colleagues: how we manage and market our businesses, what we've done right and wrong along the way, and how we help clients get and stay organized.
Enjoy! I'll update this list as I discover more great resources for and about our industry, so please send me your suggestions!
A to B Podcast
A practical organizing podcast with a sense of humor hosted by Autumn, a San Diego area P.O., and Bethany, a teacher. Features many interviews with industry experts.
Podcast (on iTunes)
NAPO - the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals
The industry-leading professional association for organizers, with approximately 3,500 members nationally. Non-members can access free content including their Getting Started Guide and a just-launched podcast aimed at helping P.O.s grow our businesses.
METROPOLITAN ORGANIZING, LLC
Professional organizer, author and coach Geralin Thomas' website offers a treasure trove of free checklists and helpful, business-oriented blog posts for new P.O.s.
Blog (Professional Organizer Training)
Pro Organizer Studio
Jen Kilbourne Obermeier and Layne Parker Brookshire manage this business and design resource specifically for professional organizers. Invaluable!
Website (sign up to access the Free Course and Resource Library)
Professional Organizers Think Tank
There are over 7,000 members in this very active FB group. Ask any question and receive the wisdom of the crowd!