As a home stager and entrepreneur, you never want to pass up a golden opportunity, and the following story is a perfect example of this.
A home stager named Jackie submitted this story for my upcoming book, Life as a Home Stager, and I think you’ll find it inspiring:
“I have an insatiable appetite for all things décor, so when a friend asked me if I would be willing to help spruce up the storefront of a new bakery in town, I just couldn’t resist!
While decorating bakeries doesn’t exactly fall within the realm of home staging, it was in that bakery that I got a ‘taste’ of what it would be like to be a stager.
When this opportunity came about, I was at the end of a one-year contract teaching elementary school. I had been contemplating a career in home staging for some time, so when the bakery gig opened up, I realized it was now or never.
I was so nervous! I had never done anything like this before. Where would I get the materials I needed? What if they didn’t like my ideas?
Before our first meeting, it was established that I wouldn’t receive any monetary compensation for my work but that I could take all the before and after photos I wanted.
I met with the bakery owners and discussed some ideas for the space. I asked them questions about what they wanted to convey to people walking by, what colors they liked and disliked, and so on. By the end of our first meeting, we were all quite excited!
With a one-week deadline staring me in the face, I had no time to dawdle, but the results were fantastic. The bakery storefront was a total success, so much so that it caught the attention of a local Chamber of Commerce worker walking by. She promptly went back to her office and reported the transformation to the local Economic Development Officer, who in turn did a photo shoot and ran a full article in the county tourism magazine. The article mentioned that I was a local home stager and included all my contact information!
My home staging career began with that little bakery and continues today. And remember that dear friend of mine who got me the job? Well, she’s moving away, and wouldn’t you know it—she needs a home stager! Lucky for her, I just so happen to know someone in the business.”
Congratulations, Jackie, for striking while the iron was hot!
Please share news of your first home staging project below. I know your story will inspire others!
And, if you’re interested in being featured in my upcoming book, Life as a Home Stager, please click here to submit your story.