If you’re trying to find out everything you can about being in the home staging business, you’ve probably heard of a program guaranteeing employment as a home stager at a rate of $24-$30 per hour.
While that might sound like a lot if you’re used to earning minimum wage, it’s actually a very low salary for a home stager.
Many expert home stagers earn more during a two-hour consultation than a lot of people earn for a full week’s work. Earning a six-figure income as a home stager within two years is entirely possible if you are committed to building your business and you don’t approach it as a hobby.
The knowledge and expertise of a home stager is extremely valuable to a home seller, and billable rates reflect that even in an economic recession. Take the case of Staging Diva Graduate Elizabeth Englehart of Ohio-based Moving Designs. Her first staging project was worth $8,000 to stage a vacant home that had been on the market for two years.
Home stagers can earn between $250 and $800 for an initial consultation, if they know how to properly market their services.
Many home sellers will hire a stager just for their advice and then do the rest of the work themselves. If the stager is charging properly for their consultations, it’s possible to earn at least $1,000 a week just doing these short appointments. And it’s quick money because the stager gets paid as soon as the service is delivered. Every day is “pay day” when you work this way!
After an initial consultation, a home stager can make at least $1,000 more if the client wants help implementing the stager’s recommendations. This number can climb to $5,000 or $10,000 depending on the needs for that property, as well as the stager’s level of expertise and the geographic location.
For even more reasons why home staging is a great career to get into in this or any economy, I recommend you download my Free Report: “Should I Start a Home Staging Business In This Economy?”
If you are a home stager with some stories about how you’re thriving in today’s economy, please comment below. I love success stories and uplifting stories are what everyone wants right now!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging
Debra Gould developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own profitable home staging businesses. There are currently over 7000 Staging Diva students and Graduates around the world.