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Nov042010

How To Hire a NYC Professional Re Organizer

Whether it's a plumber, a doctor, an architect or a professional organizer, hiring anybody is extremely personal. In every situation, that person will be working closely with you, your stuff, your money, your toilet...your personal life. People I meet sometimes ask me if I work with businesses or individuals. Since I work with people and their inner workings, I am always working on a personal level, though I love working with small companies best.

It can be scary to hire someone. Ideally, it is a word-of-mouth referral, meaning that someone you know recommended this person after they or a client has worked with them. Whether or not the referral is word of mouth, it is important to have a good relationship with the professional to get the most out of the relationship. So how do you choose? Here are some tips:

  • Reach out to people you know and ask for a referral.
  • Research that profession on Google, and don't stop at page 1. Some of the best professionals I work with barely show up on Google-having a hot website does not guarantee quality.
  • Remember phone books? The Village Voice? The radio? The NY Times? People advertise there.
  • Call more than one. If phone numbers are not listed, this may indicate that the professional is not readily available for clients.

Once you have settled on hiring someone, check that these are present:

YOU FEEL:

Comfort

This is crucial. It doesn't matter what the reason is-if you don't feel comfortable hiring someone, DON'T! You can always find someone else. It is especially when we are in a rush that we are vulnerable to being taken advantage of. If you are going to hire someone, do your best to interview THREE people for the job, and choose the one you feel most comfortable with and confident in.

Trust

Whether it's from the testimonial you received or you just get that feeling, trust is crucial. Get honest with yourself. You might feel comfortable with this person as a buddy, but something h/s said makes you wonder...especially before you sign them on, be really clear with yourself on your deepest feelings around trust with this person.

Belief

While you may not agree with everything this person says, you are willing to take suggestions that are different from your plan (it doesn't mean you will follow what this professional suggests, but you're willing to listen). You are paying to get an expert. If you were an expert, you wouldn't need to hire them. Listen to what they say, believing they probably know better than you. But if you question something, ASK! Many relationships (personal and professional) fail due to lack of communication. Since you believe this person knows what h/s is talking about, you also believe h/s will listen and address your concerns openly.

THE PROFESSIONAL Organizer:

Responds quickly and professionally to your query

Your question may not be an emergency, but if it were, it is important to know that you can count on this person.

Is timely with phone calls and appointments

This is the minimum baseline for any professional, but it is sadly rare. If you are lucky enough to find someone who calls when h/s says, this is a very good sign. It doesn't guarantee the quality of work, but it is a good sign. If h/s does NOT call you back on time or shows up late, this could bode very badly for the future.

Is an expert but is not dismissive of your questions

You want to know that the professional knows what h/s is talking about. One of the most important roles of the professional is to educate you, to share h/h expertise. A good teacher always makes h/h students feel smart, not dumb.

Understands your ways and is not overly pushy

You want a professional to recommend, encourage, educate, NOT berate, insist, threaten. As in any relationship, we need to feel good, not bad. If things move to an insisting phase, you may wish to seek a second opinion.

Is professional and open about fees

H/s may work with you on payment/prices, but does not give deals which differ widely from what is published.  As with everything, it is important that you know exactly what you are getting/paying for, and it could signify a lack of professionalism/experience if you are suddenly offered "specials just for you."

Makes you feel like you're the only client

It is this that separates US professionals from most of the world. We are a service-based economy, which means that we service each other more than we produce things. There are TONS of professionals in NYC in every field, you deserve the best. If you are made to feel like you are not the most important one, you may need to switch professionals. You are paying, you are the most important. I do not believe that the customer is always right, but they definitely deserve as much attention as they wish.

If you are reading this and happen to need a referral for ANYTHING, feel free to contact me at 646 430 9150, or send me an email. Hiring the right (re organizer) could be the best thing you've ever done. Knowing you've done it responsibly makes it that much better.

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Reader Comments (1)

Thank you for acknowledging how scary it can be to hire an outside professional.... especially when it comes to reorganizing our slightly embarrassing personal bird nests. This is SO right on, I'd never even thought about the personal (& usually life-changing) aspects of reorganizing pro-style before you mentioned those 3 words: Comfort - Trust - Belief. Thanks for your expertise!

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica Supernova

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