Elizabeth's Monthly
"Build Your Organizing Business" Tip
Elizabeth Hagen, CPO
If you're a determined professional organizer who wants support, is ready to take focused action, and wants to reach for the sky in your organizing business - welcome!!
I'm Elizabeth Hagen and I'm here to help.  I've put together the best tips/tools/advice that I've used to grow and maintain a six-figure organizing business and I want to share them with you!
Every month I'll be sending you a quick tip for you to implement immediately.  It's all about making a decision, taking action, and staying focused!
I can't wait to hear about your success!
Issue: # 15
August 2009

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Welcome to the fifteenth issue of my monthly tip newsletter just for professional organizers.  Each month you'll be receiving a short, easy-to-implement, and very valuable tip to help you grow your professional organizing business. 
I'll also give you an assignment and where to find the tools you need for the task.
If this sounds valuable to you then I'm looking forward to helping you reach for the sky in your organizing business!
August "Build Your Organizing Business" Tip:
Plan Ahead!
What if you planned for your business like you'd plan a wedding?!

Ok, I've got 'wedding' on the brain since my son got married last Saturday.  It was an absolutely glorious day!  Chris and Ashley had an outdoor ceremony and we were blessed with the best day of weather this summer!  God is good.

Since I was the mother of the groom I didn't have a lot to do with the wedding plans but I saw what Ashley was doing and it was nothing short of amazing.  Thinking about all of her planning got me thinking about how we have plans - or lack of plans - for our business.

Maybe it's time we start planning for our business as if we were planning for a wedding!  Ok, maybe not that intense but I believe that our businesses would change for the better.

Do you find yourself each day wondering what to do?  Are you doing small, unimportant tasks just to be doing something?  At 5 PM on Fridays do you look back at the week and wonder if you did anything important this week?  If you do you are not alone.  It's time to start planning.

My coach, Mark LeBlanc, once shared with me that I should 'create my ideal week' every Sunday and it was a great idea.

So, let's take a cue from future brides and start planning ahead!

Create Your Ideal Week:
  1. On Sunday (or Monday morning) look at the upcoming week's calendar.  If you use a computer calendar print out the week and if you use a paper-based calendar look at the week in your day planner.
  2. Think about what your ideal week would look and feel like.  Think about personal time, devotion time, exercise, family time, marketing time, client appointments, writing a newsletter, writing your blog posts, follow-up tasks, etc.
  3. Look over your goals. What tasks can you do this week to make progress toward achieving your goals?
  4. Decide when you want to do these tasks and put them in your calendar as appointments.  Put in appointments for the items I mentioned in #2.
  5. As you put appointments in your calendar think about what is your most productive time of the day.  During that time is when you should do tasks that require more energy.  For example, I'm an afternoon/night person so I do my writing toward the end of the day.  It's when I'm the most creative.
  6. Try and keep the appointments as best you can.  Of course, things will come up like last-minute client appointments (which are great, of course!) so things may change as the week evolves.  But if you don't put marketing time appointments, for example, in your calendar there's a good chance these tasks will never get done. I heard that the marketing you do now pays off in 3 months.  So, if you want to be busy 3 months from now you need to market now.  If you take off 2-3 weeks from marketing don't be surprised when your business gets slow later.
  7. Get ready to be amazed at how 'on top of things' you now feel.  There's a saying "If you fail to plan; you plan to fail".  How true!
Elizabeth's Assignment:
  1. Make a decision to create your ideal week EVERY week. If you aren't using a calendar decide what type you want to use and buy the best one.  I use the Outlook calendar which syncs to my phone.
  2. Take action and make appointments for everything - personal time, exercise, marketing, clients, etc.  You may not keep all of these appointments as things come up but it will be a great place to start.
  3. Stay focused and do one task at a time to completion and watch your productivity soar.
Elizabeth's Recommended Tools:
Have you been thinking, "Elizabeth, I've learned a lot with your 'Build Your Organizing Biz' newsletters but I need more?"
Help is coming soon!

, I've had a blast building my business for the past 9 years and have learned SO much.  I've learned what works and what doesn't work.

The most important thing I learned was not to try and build my business alone.  It's not fun, it's lonely, and it doesn't work.

This fall I'm rolling out a one-of-a-kind coaching program designed with you in mind. Yes, I can help with marketing strategies, ways to attract your choice clients, etc. but the real need, in my opinion, is to help you with what's going on inside. 

Your self confidence.

I want to give you the essential and easy steps to create the confidence you need to build a viable, high-income producing business. Not only the steps but continued support so you will never feel alone and the accountability you need to stay on track with your business-growth action plan.

, this is not like any other program out there.  This program is truly unique - just like you. As soon as I'm ready to rock'n roll with this special program I will let you know. In the meantime, create your ideal week, keep your appointments, and look to the future!  
, thanks for taking the time to read the 'Build Your Organizing Business' Tip and I'm excited to help you grow your business. Of course we want to grow our business and make more money but let's not forget - the busier we are the more people we get to help. And the more happy clients we have the more they will tell others!
Fearlessly yours,

Elizabeth Hagen