According to Staging Diva, Debra Gould, there are several benefits to being a part-time home stager, the biggest being that they can easily book their appointments around other commitments in their lives. Part-time stagers can easily fit home staging consultations around times when they have childcare or on the weekends when they’re not working another job.
Because part-time home stagers usually are working around another job or have a certain lifestyle (stay at home mom or retiree as a couple of examples) they have the ability to work as much or as little as they want.
Gould, founder of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, says, “Many Staging Diva Graduates start out as part-time home stagers because they simply can’t afford to leave their job right away. This option works great for many people who are able to decide eventually whether they’re making enough money to warrant quitting that day job or if they just enjoy the flexibility of part-time staging and the extra cash it brings.”
Anna Dovger is a Staging Diva Graduate who operates her Texas home staging business, Add Value Home Staging, around a family and two other businesses. She is a part-time home stager but she’s passionate about promoting it and getting her name out there.
Anna decided this past spring to become an exhibitor at a local Home and Garden Show (something most full-time stagers never pursue!) and that move really paid off for her.
Add Value Home Staging was the first staging business to exhibit at this twice-yearly show in its five year history!
Gould says, “Anna built her 8×8 show space herself and cleverly turned it into before and after rooms to show exactly how home staging works. She received many compliments about her booth and the event went well for her – she got leads from homeowners interested in staging to sell and from those wishing to use her services to decorate their existing homes. She also met several local real estate agents who took away her business cards with them. What an ideal way to position herself as the expert stager in her market!”
This was quite an energetic endeavor for a part-time home stager to pursue, but Anna writes, “Even though I was tired I felt inspired and proud of myself. I booked appointments right at the show! I’m working on my newsletter that will be sent regularly to those who stopped by my booth as they’re now on my mailing list. I am a strong believer that home staging is needed and that it works. Even though things may be slow, it will pick up and the business will grow. I won’t give up because I know staging works and that it is needed!”
About the training she received through the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, Anna says, “The program motivated me a lot and pushed me forward. It was very informative and easy to follow. I also find Staging Diva Dispatch is very helpful and keeps me going.”
The take-away from this story is that just because you’re a part-time home stager doesn’t mean you’re focusing your energy on a hobby.
Gould says, “You can grow a successful home staging business on a part-time basis. It all depends on what you put into it!” She adds, “If the economy is still holding you back from starting your staging business, even on a part-time basis, I encourage you to download my free economic report for home stagers, Ask Staging Diva: Can I grow a home staging business in a depressed economy? I know it will rest some of your fears.”
About Staging Diva
The creator of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, Debra Gould has staged millions of dollars worth of real estate, including seven of her own homes. She is the president of home staging firm SixElements.com and has trained over 4000 home stagers to start and grow their own businesses.
Debra has gained international recognition through features in major media in the US and Canada including: This Old House, HGTV, CNN Money, CBC National News, CBS Radio, Global TV, City TV, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Day, Reader’s Digest and more.