We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Diane Crespo. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Diane below.
Diane, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. One of the toughest things about entrepreneurship is that there is almost always unexpected problems that come up – problems that you often can’t read about in advance, can’t prepare for, etc. Have you had such and experience and if so, can you tell us the story of one of those unexpected problems you’ve encountered?
Getting into organizing I thought what a great way to share my skill. As time went on and I gained more and more chronically disorganized clients, I found myself screaming internally wanting to get them up to my speed. I felt like I wasn’t doing the best I could be doing for these individuals. I decided to do some research and learned this is common with organizers.
My research helped me come from a more understanding place when working with all of my clients. I learned that the organizing isn’t about me or how great I do. It’s about the client. It’s about the way they feel when I am in their space. It’s about their ability to trust me and go at their own pace in the process to make sure what is accomplished is in their time and not mine. I am able to have more patience and work with my clients towards their goals and it has made all the difference.
Diane, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
I love to organize. It has helped me with my anxiety and I loved the idea of being able to make money while organizing and helping people live a more peaceful life. I earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling but struggled with what I wanted to do with my degree. Today, having that education helps me better understand my clients who struggle staying organized and I get the tangible results I need that I wouldn’t be able to see as often had I become a counselor.
I offer Circumstantial Organizing which means whatever circumstance, I offer the organizing help needed. Circumstances include: change in household, death in the family, divorce, downsizing, remodeling projects, lifestyle changes, new marriage, new baby, relocation, illness, injuries, or disabilities. All of these circumstances come with their own challenges. Organizing shouldn’t be one of them.
I am partners with The Container Store, mDesign, and ExactMats. This allows my clients access to my professional discounts when utilizing my services.
We’d love to hear about how you keep in touch with clients.
I learn a lot about my clients since I am in their home and organizing their personal belongings. I get to build relationships and enjoy learning about their passions, families, and jobs. Keeping in touch with my clients is one of my favorite aspects of my work. Once I leave a client’s home the work isn’t over for me. It takes time to learn what will work for a client organization wise so I enjoy checking in. I usually send a text after a project is complete to check in and make sure they are happy with the work I have completed in their home or office. I want to make sure my clients know they are spending time and money on someone who wants to make sure the job is done and done right.
How did you put together the initial capital you needed to start your business?
Me In Order has made starting my own organizing business so simple. I was able to invest an amount I felt comfortable with. I worked at my pace was able to get my business started on my own timeline. Me In Order works on the back end to make sure marketing, outreach, and all administrative work is covered. All I need to worry about is organizing, gaining clients, and fostering relationships.
- Website: https://meinorder.com/diane/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/diane_meinorder/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100078321353714
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianemcrespo/
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