In this post, we will look at what a virtual organizer does, how they find clients, what sort of skills they need, and how they can find proper training.
What is a Virtual Organizer?
A virtual organizer is a professional organizer who performs their job from home. They view pictures or video (sometimes live) of a person’s house or office, then suggest how to improve the area with tips and techniques on how to downsize, declutter, or rearrange to save time.
Clients who want to save a little time or money will often choose to hire a virtual organizer over a professional organizer. They don’t have to pay for travel expenses and you can often complete each session in less than half that time as a professional organizer.
What Does a Virtual Organizer Do?
In addition to viewing photos and videos about a person’s home and giving them ideas on how to organize, a virtual organizer will set up ongoing plans for success. They will meet with the client over the course of several weeks (or months) as the client declutters or reorganizes their space. A virtual organizer will assign homework and keep the client accountable to complete each task.
Some virtual organizers specialize in a specific field such as Feng Shui or organizing for a child with special needs. You may need to study for and receive additional certification in order to show that you are a professional in that specific niche.
How Much Can a Virtual Organizer Make?
Organizers, in general, tend to earn between $30-$80 per hour. Virtual organizers tend to make a little less as they don’t visit homes in person. You can charge based on your experience and time. Some make a lot more if they have built up a reputation and a strong skill base.
It is a good idea to not post your prices publicly. This way, you can raise them for new clients when you believe that the time is right. Many organizers will start with a lower price as they build a clientele and master their field of expertise. Once they have a few references and testimonials, they can raise their prices for new clients.
Some organizers also earn a little extra money in other ways: by writing a blog or book about organizing, releasing a YouTube channel, creating custom cleaning products, and more. Not only can these things help you earn a little extra passive income over time, but they will often point back to you as a brand, enticing people to want to pay you to be their personal virtual organizer.
What Skills Do You Need to Be a Virtual Organizer?
In order to become a virtual organizer, you should have a strong understanding of organizational processes, good communication skills, and a desire to help people.
Where to Be Trained as a Virtual Organizer
There are many courses you can take that will help prepare you to become a professional organizer. They will walk you through everything you need to know including how to market yourself to find new work. Here are just a few:
1. Clear & Simple
Clear and Simple Organizing has taught and certified professional organizers for over 15 years in their Clear and Simple method. They teach you everything you need to know to launch your business, become certified, and hone your skills over time.
2. Clever Girl Organizing
Clever Girl Organizing is run by Kathy Vines, who is a Certified Professional Organizer, Speaker, and coach. She helps people learn to become organizational experts and gives them step-by-step processes. She has also written the book, Clever Girl’s Guide to Living with Less, which is available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
3. Institute for Challenging Disorganization
The Institute for Challenging Disorganization offers several resources for those who struggle with constant clutter or disorganization. They also teach classes for people who are learning to be professional organizers. They have several subscription levels, so you are able to pick the best course for you.
4. KonMari Consultants
The KonMari method has become one of the most popular forms of decluttering and organizing your home. The KonMari method was created by Marie Kondo, the author of the bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. On her website, you can learn how you can become a KonMari consultant. After successfully completing her course, you will be listed on her site as a certified consultant and people will be able to find you in local searches.
5. NAPO University
NAPO University is another website that offers courses for people who want to learn to be a professional organizer. They offer introductory classes as well as advanced specialization courses. They also have a podcast called “Stand Out” for those who are starting out their professional organization careers.
OrganizingU is a website that offers several courses for those who are interested in becoming a professional organizer. They offer several courses that cover an array of topics that you may encounter while working as an organizer.
The platform also includes several free courses that you can take to get started on your journey or to gauge whether or not you will want to pursue it full-time.
Pros and Cons of Being a Virtual Organizer
As with all professions, there are several things you should consider before you become a virtual organizer. Even though there are numerous things that make the job ideal, there are some things that can be trying from time to time. We have sorted some of the top pros and cons for your consideration.
Benefits of Being a Virtual Organizer
There are several benefits of becoming a virtual organizer. Here are just a few:
Cons of Being a Virtual Organizer
There are a few things that make being a virtual organizer a bit difficult, such as: