Today I received another of what has sadly become a typical phone call. “Hi, I’ve taken a home staging course and I was promised a guaranteed job as a home stager, but that’s never materialized. Does your company have any job openings?”
This 27 year old confessed that she had quit her full time job to take this other program expecting that she would be working by now making $31.45 per hour as a home stager. After months of delays, she’s finally realized that it’s time to take her home staging career into her own hands.
I feel badly for her and the fifty others I’ve heard from with the same story. But in every case I’ve had to ask, “did you do any research on this company and its claims before handing over your money?” Like most, she admitted to a certain doubt and realization that it all “sounded too good to be true.” Yet she went ahead anyway.
I guess that’s the same kind of irrational hope that gets millions of people to pay money for programs that promise you’ll lose 45 pounds in three weeks with no diet or exercise and that you can continue to eat desserts and fast food just like you always have.
So for all the people out there with decorating talent and hope, please know: home staging is not a field that offers guaranteed employment because home stagers generally run their own small businesses from home. They don’t need full time staff but they might hire assistants on an as-needed basis. That’s not to say there aren’t staging companies with ongoing staff, but this isn’t the norm.
I started my staging company Six Elements Inc. in 2002. I’ve personally staged hundreds of homes and referred hundreds of other home staging projects to graduates of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program. Rather than hire employees as home stagers, I prefer to send projects to others who have their own home staging companies.
The reasons are simple:
- It keeps my overhead down.
- It keeps my business easy-to-run and manage because I don’t have employees.
- I can be selective about what homes I want to stage and refer the rest to others.
- I’m not directly responsible for how others stage the homes, the way I would be if they were my employees.
- I can reward the home stagers who have invested in my program with projects for their own companies.
So, please don’t call and ask me to hire you as a home stager. It won’t happen. If you’re serious about making a living as a home stager, you need to consider starting your own home staging business and being in charge of your own destiny. Does it offer guaranteed job security? No. Does any job offer guaranteed job security these days? Of course not, you just have to open the newspaper to know that.
Consider this: There is actually far more security in being your own boss then there is working for someone else. But just like weight loss, you’ll have to actually work at making it work.
Please let me know what you think about this topic by adding your comments here.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Home Staging expert Debra Gould also known as The Staging Diva knows how to make money as a home stager and has taught over 1000 others to use their decorating talents and run their own home staging business in the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.[tags] home stager, home staging, home stager course, home staging business, learn home staging, make money in staging, guaranteed staging job, home staging employment, real estate staging, house staging, Staging Diva, Debra Gould[/tags]