What you may not have learned in your home staging training class is how to run the day to day tasks of your business. Sure, you found out how to discuss the consultations with your customers, you learned how to price your jobs properly to earn a profit, but did you learn how to actually function inside your business?
Here are some organizational tips that I learned over time that I wish I had known from the beginning.
Organizing your digital files, what they didn’t teach you in home staging training
Status of the job – When organizing your home staging digital files, I recommend that you keep a “Current bids”, “Active Staging Jobs”, and “Past Staging Jobs”. As you move through the process in each job, you’ll know exactly where to find your documents.
Organizing by location, not address – Consider labeling the files by SUBDIVISION or TOWN, then STREET name, HOUSE number . Naming your photo Golf Club Plantation, Main St, 122 will help you locate your information much more quickly. Over the years it will also help you see which homes you have done in given areas, helping you more specifically market to them. Inside of each file, you should also have sub-folders that include, “photos” and “contract documents”. Also, be sure to include your statistics in the general file for that home so you’ll have quick access to it later. You can easily do this by using, “Notepad”, or the equivalent, available on most computers.
Keeping room by room portfolio – I recommend that you have an additional photo folder for your best portfolio photos broken down by room. This will help you when you are ready to find that bathroom before and after set four years from now, but you don’t recall the street address.
By using these techniques, you’ll find as your business grows and develops that you’ll be able to access information much more quickly. I hope that this blog, Home Staging Training: Organizing your Digital Files, will help you stay more organized allowing you time to accomplish more in your day.