Sunday, January 15, 2006

Staging Diva Graduate makes a profit within weeks

When I first spoke to Linda at the end of November she was just thinking of taking courses to learn the business of home staging.

Fast forward less than two months to the first week of January and she had:

• graduated from the Staging Diva Home Staging Training Program

• contacted a few real estate agents to introduce her services

• staged a number of rooms in her own house to get her first portfolio shots

• written some copy about her business

• chosen a name and registered her new company The Detailed Home

• listed her home staging business in The Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers

Within days of putting her company in the Directory, she called to say she had her first home staging project. She had earned enough to pay for all the courses in The Staging Diva Training program plus her full year listing in the Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers!

I'd say 2006 is looking pretty good for Linda with a whole new business and her all-important first project under her belt. She took action to move toward her dream of having her own business. It took courage for her to decide to "learn in action."

If we wait for everything to be perfect before taking our first steps, unfortunately all too often we never take those steps! We stay in relative safety and continue to dream, to wonder "what if?"

There was a study done in a retirement home. They interviewed all the residents about what their biggest regrets in life were. "Actions not taken," was the number one response. It scored well above "Taking action, even if it turned out badly."

Sometimes in life you have to say, "what's the worst thing that can happen if I take this chance?" And then take a deep breath and dive in and see what happens.

Home Staging expert Debra Gould is president of Six Elements Inc., a leading home staging company that provides free information to raise the standards in the industry and build awareness amongst homeowners and their real estate agents about the benefits of decorating a house to sell. Debra Gould created The Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own profitable home staging businesses.

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