The key to a successful organizing business is to build a team of organizers and other helpers so that you can take it to the next level.
This program includes two essential courses and 10 hiring forms and templates to walk you through the hiring and training process with ease.
Business 301: Creating Effective Policies and Procedures
This course will provide you with a definitive guide for creating effective policies and procedures. By providing clear guidelines for everyone involved in your business – you will be able to increase efficiency, avoid legal mistakes, reduce frustration, and save time and money.
Here’s what we’ll cover
• What are Policies & Procedures
• Why you need Policies & Procedures
• What to include in your Policies & Procedures
• Determining what is important
• Creating a Policies & Procedures outline
• Writing Policies & Procedures
• Creating organizing-industry specific Policies & Procedures
• Enforcing your Policies & Procedures
Business 401: Hiring and Training Contractors and Employees
Congratulations, your organizing business is growing! All of the sudden there aren’t enough hours in your day to meet with client demand. It’s time to take some the burden off of yourself by hiring contractors and employees. We’ll help you through the process of hiring contractors and employees from applications to terminations. We’ll also teach you best practices for training new employees and mistakes to avoid as you realize your dream of a growing organizing business.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
• When is it time to hire contractors and employees?
• Determining where you need help in your organizing business
• Conquering the fear of delegation
• Contractors vs. employees – which is best for your organizing business?
• Finding the right candidates
• The hiring process; job descriptions, applications, interviews, field assessment
• Training your employees
• Policies and Procedures
Plus, you'll get 10 essential hiring and training forms and templates
Administrative Tasks List
Whether you’re hiring an assistant, or just want to make sure you’re keeping up with your office tasks, this Administrative Tasks List will keep you on task. Following a list will help you avoid costly mistakes and make sure important office tasks don’t fall through the cracks. You can also use this administrative tasks list as a cheat sheet to tell you everything you need to be doing to run the business side of your organizing business.
It is critical to have a signed employment agreement before your employee begins work. This written employment contract outlines duties, pay and company policies. The employment agreement can be customized with your specifics and given to your new employee to sign.
This is an essential form to have when you are hiring a new employee and can protect you against any legal issues.
Independent Contractor Agreement
This six-page Independent Contractor Agreement covers all of the important legal information you need to ensure proper legal and liability protection for you and your company when hiring independent contractors to help you in your organizing business.
This is a lawyer-approved, legally binding contract that outlines responsibilities, terms, duties, compensation and requirements for an independent contractor. It can be used for any type of independent contractor that you hire.
Job Application Templates
A job application is an important part of the hiring process. It answers a lot of questions up front. We’ve done the work for you with these job application templates to make sure you cover your bases when hiring.
These two job application templates outline the questions you should ask when hiring an organizer or administrative person for your organizing business. You want to make sure you have all the information you need to hire the right candidate. Having your candidate fill out a job application prior to the interview will provide you with specific information that you can discuss during the interview. This is an often overlooked and important part of the hiring process.
Job Interview Questions
During the interview process, it is important to ask the right questions to ensure you hire the best candidate. We’ve created these job interview questions for both organizing and administrative candidates to make sure you get the information you need to make a good hiring decision. Cover all of your bases with these job interview questions specific to the organizing industry.
This legally-binding Non-Disclosure Agreement will help protect your proprietary information, trade secrets and inventions against theft or use by an employee or contractor. This contract is lawyer-approved and complete with all the information required to protect your proprietary information. Customize it with your business information and have all of your employees and contractors sign it.
Organizer Policies and Procedures
Organizer policies and procedures are a must-have if you have other organizers working for you. This seven-page download covers everything from communication to conduct to payment to dress code. It has all you need to ensure that your organizers are doing everything you want them to do; the way you want them to do it. And, NOT doing the things you don’t want them to do!
We’ve spent 16 years developing, improving and modifying these comprehensive organizer policies and procedures. Before we had them, we incurred a lot of costly trial and error by not having the proper organizer policies and procedures in place. Here you can benefit from our learning experience and save the time, money and frustration we experienced by not having organizer policies and procedures when we first started building our team. It’s so worth it!
Organizing Business Job Descriptions
If you’re looking to hire someone to help you in your organizing business, but are having trouble figuring out just how to describe the job at hand – look no further. We’ve created these comprehensive organizing business job descriptions to outline the responsibilities and requirements for both organizing candidates and administrative candidates for your organizing business.
These organizing business job descriptions carefully outline the responsibilities and requirements of each position. You can customize them for your organizing business needs and post them to employment sites when searching for candidates, or use them to outline the duties for your new employee.
Organizing Company Policies
It is critical to have written policies for your organizing company. This organizing company polices template will help you avoid costly miscommunication issues. Included are a cancellation policy, payment policy, definition of billable time, donation policy, confidentiality policy and a contract policy.
This organizing company policies template will provide your organizing clients with a clear guideline to your company policies. By providing clear policies to your clients, you will avoid the headaches of late payments, last-minute cancellations, etc.
Save time and adopt the organizing company policies we’ve created, or customize them to suit your company’s needs.
Time Sheet Template
The IRS requires employers to keep records of all employee time. This Time Sheet Template is a ready-to-use Excel spreadsheet that will help you streamline your payroll process and fulfill your legal and tax requirements as an employer.
This time sheet Template has all the important categories, such as hours worked, rate of pay and reimbursements. You can use this time sheet template for any member of your team. Have them fill it out and email it to you on a regular basis, or even better, use a file sharing program, so they can update it as they go.
Sarah Buckwalter is a Certified Professional Organizer® with over 20 years of experience in home, move and office organization. In January of 2000, she founded Organizing Boston. Organizing Boston is the largest professional organizing firm in New England and the winner of Best of Boston Home™, Best Professional Organizer.
Highly regarded and nationally recognized as an organizing industry expert, Sarah frequently lectures on organizing and business development. She has shared her organizing expertise in print and on dozens of news and television programs. Sarah has appeared several times on the hit television series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.
With a desire to share her experience with fellow organizers, Sarah created Organizing U . Organizing U offers professional organizer training programs, business coaching and an organizing directory.