About a year and a half ago I decided that I wanted to start a professional organizing business.
Like many others, I had no clue if this was already a profession or not.
I hopped onto Google and started my search quickly finding the amazing National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). I was blown away! I was NOT the only one who thought this profession was needed, and, not only that, there was this outlet of education, discussions, and so much more!
“I need to be a part of this,” I thought. I continued my “googling” and found NAPO’s Baltimore Chapter, noticing that they have monthly meetings and that I could come as a guest, I quickly registered for the next event.
I remember waiting in anticipation for the day to come that I could meet these other organizers and I have to say… I was not let down. I got to the meeting early and waited until their board meeting was finished and they opened the doors. I was instantly greeted by many warm welcomes and smiling faces. Once all attendees were there we sat down and introduced ourselves. When I stood up, said my name, and told them that I was interested in starting my business I felt a proud energy that my future colleagues sent towards me, as well as a sense of belonging. I remember that this particular meeting was discussing bookkeeping, they had a guest bookkeeper come in and talk about what she could do for small businesses. I had yet to start my LLC, but boy, was this getting me excited and ready to do so!
I was so thrilled that I left the meeting that night and joined NAPO national. Shortly after that, I joined NAPO Baltimore and attended the NAPO conference in Pittsburgh where I saw many of my colleagues who pulled me under their wing. Upon leaving the conference I decided to join the NAPO Baltimore Board as their Director of Marketing and Social Media. What an amazing position this has been. I feel SO involved within my profession, but most importantly, involved with some of the most astonishing people. We boost each other up, give each other business, and grow as a unit. Not only are these people my esteemed colleagues, but they are also quickly growing to be my friends.
I am so thankful that I found NAPO, there’s nothing quite like it!
Owner, Orchid Professional Organizing, LLC.