Home stagers, have you ever heard of Akio Morita? Probably not. He once started a company that produced a rice cooker. The rice cooker, unfortunately, burned more rice than it cooked and less than 100 units were sold. Had Morita and his partners given up, his company – Sony – would never have become a household name.
James Dyson developed 5,126 prototypes over 5 long years before he succeeded in inventing the first bagless vaccum cleaner. In addition to his business success, today Sir James is also a huge philanthropist helping others pursue education and careers in engineering and design, among other things.
Oprah was fired as a television reporter. Reason being she was “unfit for TV.”
Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield endured 130 rejections before their first Chicken Soup For The Soul® book was published. It eventually sold 8 million copies and is the first of a series of 80 best-sellers which have been translated into 39 languages and made them both millionaires and household names.
After being downsized from her airline industry job, British Columbia mom Sandra Wilson needed to make money. She invented Robeez shoes when she cut up a bunch of old purses in her basement to make little booties for her son. Ten years later she sold her private company to Stride Rite for over $30 million.
You get the idea. There are thousands of other stories like these featuring people who faced rejection after rejection yet kept on persevering – in the face of everyone saying they couldn’t – until they made it.
While I don’t pretend to be in the same league as the examples I’ve just mentioned, it was not all that long ago that I started my staging business and spent over a year as a fairly broke single mom as I tried to figure out the right formula for making money as a home stager.
Everyone told me there was no market for home staging because real estate was selling quickly, often with multiple offers. I persevered and into my second year I was making up to $10,000 a month just in staging fees! Fast forward to today, and I’ve now shared my blueprint for how to have a successful home staging business with 4,000 students in more than 20 countries. Even 5 years ago, I would not have thought that was possible!
I recently posted a success story on this home staging business blog about a Staging Diva Graduate in Alaska who ended up having great things happen in her business just when she was about to give up.
That post struck a chord with several readers like Jackie Nordeman who wrote:
“It is very encouraging to hear how many home stagers fit into one ‘Big Boat’ and we don’t sink it! By nature I’ve never been one to give up easily, yet my one big dream of having and running my own business has teetered on the edge of quitting several times in a short period. While I am determined, I’m not aggressive so when I stopped in at an open house one day I was shocked by my own behavior when I walked up the front steps and into the home to meet the real estate agent! I was so close to leaving without going inside, I even had my hand on the key!
Something inside me took over and I said to myself, ‘This is it! 2 feet, Jump in! These folks need you!’ Well was I shocked when the agent said, ‘I recognize your van and I’ve been meaning to call you.’ Can you imagine how things would’ve turned out had I just driven away?! The reason the agent recognized my van was because of the very bright and bold logo I had just had professionally installed.
Since then I have done a home staging consultation for him and he recommended me to one of his colleagues and I did a consultation for her too, all in one week! Thanks to Debra and the comments of others, I remain inspired to persevere!”
See what can happen when you make up your mind to just keep going no matter what anybody else says or despite the negative voices in your head? I’ve collected 10 inspiring stories about home stagers in a special FREE REPORT, “Ask Staging Diva: Can a Regular Person Like Me Become a Successful Home Stager?”
Home stagers, what motivates you to keep going? Please share by leaving a comment below.
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 Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love. There are more than 4000 Staging Diva Students in over 20 countries. Debra is frequently profiled in the media for her home staging expertise and is the author of 5 guides for home stagers.