With American Thanksgiving and Christmas almost upon us, I’m starting to get those inevitable “seasonal decorating” questions from new home stagers that run like this:
“Is it normal to be less busy at this time of year? Should I look at seasonal decorating to keep me busy now?”
Home Staging is definitely a seasonal business because it follows real estate cycles.
That’s why it works well to combine home staging with other services in your business. For example, services like:
- Interior Redesign
- Color Consulting
- Professional Organizing
- Seasonal Decorating
What you choose should also be a function of your interests. I don’t believe in starting your own business only to do things you don’t like!
If you’re going to make the effort to be your own boss, make sure you think carefully upfront about what your interests and natural talents are.
If you love holiday decorating and have a natural talent for it, then why not go for it?
There are few rules when you have your own business. If you see an opportunity that inspires you, then why not take advantage of it?
I don’t act on every opportunity that comes my way (or I’d have no business focus), but I certainly consider the ones that inspire me.
Personally, I’m not interested in holiday decorating so I refer those inquiries to others. I can’t even bring myself to plant my own outdoor urns for winter and would love to hire someone else to take care of it!
That’s my window box in the image in this post. My gardener just planted it for me and this will last through the cold winter.
The idea that you should only build a business that you’ll REALLY want to work in, is a theme that runs throughout the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, especially in course 4 “Staging Diva Sales and Marketing Secrets to Boost Your Home Staging Business.”
If you only want to focus on home staging you should know that despite the fact that December is a bad month to put a house on the market, there are always homeowners that will do it anyway.
If you’d like to learn more about “seasonality” in the home staging business, ie, when the busy and slow times are, check out this article called “Seasonality of Home Staging“