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How Professional Organizers Work: When should you hire one?

For the Office (Or the Home Office)

Some professional organizers focus on helping in the business environment. They might address time management, goal setting and other workflow issues. They could help employees with file management -- both physical and electronic -- or they might address space design complications. But basically, it's similar to the residential organizer's two-prong approach: assisting employees with addressing specific and immediate issues, and training them to be more efficient and organized in the future.

Sometimes, office organizers can be hired to help an entire department or company. If you notice your employees seem to have trouble meeting their deadlines or prioritizing their workloads, but you believe they're still quality workers who could simply benefit from a little additional on-the-job training, you might want to consider hiring a professional organizer to shore up their skills and get them back on track.

Some questions you will want to address before consulting any professional organizers are their areas of expertise, since it's obvious some will focus more on the messy basement side of organizing while others tackle an office's electronic data. Also consider the organizers':

  • training and certification
  • subcontracting policies
  • references and insurance details
  • time estimate
  • strategic proposals
  • fee systems

Fees are based on a number of factors, such as how many years they have been in the business, what sort of training and certifications they have, whether or not extensive travel will be required on their part and their areas of expertise. As with any industry, the more knowledgeable the consultant, or the more demanding the job, the more you can expect to pay.