Becoming a Home Stager: How to Run a Successful Staging Business: Part 1

The idea of becoming a home stager and running a successful home staging business can be exciting, horrifying, thrilling, daunting and overwhelming.  Bringing your passion into a new business can be like giving birth to a child.  Just like children, businesses will grow, change and if you do it right, take on a life of their own, able to function in society without you.

The biggest challenges for new businesses are:

  • trying to do everything yourself
  • not having a plan
  • thinking you are working when really you are just shuffling papers
  • creating functioning systems
  • not putting in the hours you need to succeed

I’ve added the Staples, “Dave” commercial, to this blog because I laugh everytime I see it.  How many business actually operate that way?  Small ones do, big ones don’t.  Which leads up to 2 more questions.  

  1. How do you create time to do everything needed when you don’t make enough money yet to hire help?
  2. How do you grow from the one man operation into the full fledged big scale business where you don’t have to be like Dave?

In this new series, I’ll attempt to answer these questions, to offer solutions to your growing pains and to help rear your infant to a toddler, then to an adolescent, then you’ll find it will fight you for independence and you’ll have to slowly learn to let it go – to succeed in the world with out depending on you for everything – though you’ll always be important.

Follow up blogs:


Becoming a Home Stager: How to Run a Successful Staging Business: Part 2 Team Blueprint
Becoming a Home Stager: Running a Successful Home Staging Business Part 3: What’s the Plan?

Melissa Marro

About melissamarro

Melissa Marro is an international award winning home stager and professional speaker for the home staging and real estate industry. Founder and CEO for both SAR, Staging and Redesign Training and MRRE, Market Ready Real Estate's online home staging consultation program, Marro continues to help inspire and empower new and existing stagers as well as move the industry standards forward.


  1. Marry Neve says

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog? My website is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would really benefit from a lot of the information you present here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Thanks!

    • MelissaMelissa says

      I do not mind if you quote the articles, site the author and link back. Please do not copy & paste the articles in full.


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