If you think you’d enjoy being a home stager but you’re not sure you want it bad enough to invest in training and other start up costs, I have a question for you:
How do you know if it’s for you or not until you try it?
You’d be surprised to know how many Staging Diva Graduates have taken their staging training later in life as a “second chance career”. Most of them tell me they wish they’d done it years ago instead of wasting so much time in jobs they hated, stifling their creative spirit.
You need to ask yourself why home staging is attractive to you in the first place.
One thing I hear all the time from aspiring stagers is, “I’ve been decorating all my life, since I had my first dollhouse. When I had my first apartment I spent hours decorating and redecorating it and now that I have a house of my own, anyone who comes over laughs because the furniture is always moved around since I’m constantly decorating.”
Do you spend weekends going to open houses because you’re curious about how the homes are decorated? Do you spend time browsing MLS listings even though you’re not buying a house? Does your perfect night involve curling up with a beverage in front of HGTV?
There’s a good chance that if home staging is attractive to you and you’re doing all these things, it’s been in your blood forever. It’s been a hobby but never a business and the big thing holding you back is fear of the unknown.
Wouldn’t it make sense to take that interest and talent and turn it into a business so you can make a living doing what you love?
It might work and it might not but most people spend their whole lives trying to figure out what it is that they love. If you already know in your heart that it’s being your own boss as a home stager then don’t you owe it to yourself to give it a try?
The other thing you need to ask yourself is what do you have to lose?
The entire Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program costs just under $1000 which you’re probably thinking sounds like a huge investment. But in the big scheme of things, it’s not, it’s about the cost of a mini-vacation from the life or job you’re not currently enjoying. If you make the investment, do everything you learned in the program and get two or three clients, your program is paid for and you’re on your way to living the life you’ve dreamed of for a thousand dollars.
The great thing about home staging is that you don’t need inventory or a storefront. You’re not buying a franchise or anything like that. There are very few out of pocket costs besides the cost of your training. You’ll need a car, a portfolio, a camera and some business cards and you’re on your way.
If it doesn’t work out, you have the experience of stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new. You’re out $1000 but at least you won’t live the rest of your life with regret and constantly wondering ‘what if’. And I can’t imagine spending the rest of my life being disappointed in myself for not taking a chance that could have given me and my family a better future.
Home stagers, did you overcome a particular hurdle or obstacle on your road to becoming a stager? I would love it if you’d share by leaving a comment below. Your story could inspire someone to take steps towards following their dream.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould knows how to make money as a home stager and she developed the Staging Diva Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love.
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