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Home stager’s who have had great success following their dream of staging!
Home stager’s who have had great success following their dream of staging!
Sending kids off to college can be tough...I know as I will be doing that next year and am already completely dreading it! It's even tougher on the child and moving into ugly, boring and sterile dorm rooms does not make it any easier. That's why I love this story about DORM ROOM STAGING that I wrote for the National Association of Realtors staging blog which featured yet another way for stagers to do amazing things in unique locations!
I absolutely love how Carolyn softens up the space with an on-trend color palette that pleases both boys and girls along with a TON of textures and cozy rug, pillows and throws. Imagine previewing colleges with your child to find this staged dorm space as an option vs. the typical un-staged space above it?
The builder also used these photos in their marketing materials...in fact, the developers of this housing unit were so impressed with the job Carolyn did, they kept the furnishings for the model unit.
They’ve since rented out all of the units through the next three years—wow!
As a contributor to the National Association of Realtors staging blog, my favorite thing to do is to brag about the incredible talent of my HSR certified home staging members. I also find it so interesting to watch the MANY different directions home stagers take their business because there are so many niches available to them.
I will share Carolyn's behind the scenes Member Success story soon but here's what she had to finish with when she shared her dorm room project with me...
Fortunately, I was very blessed to have had your amazing training and gain credibility through projects, presentations, etc. Audra, you gave me the confidence and the knowledge to be successful…….I just can’t thank you enough!!!! 😊
Remember that book by the incomparable Dr. Seuss? When someone decides to "choose themselves" and steps into the staging and design industry through the HSR Certification Training it's AMAZING where their business can take them! I was reminded of that Dr. Seuss book when I read about the story below.
Alicia Carter, a professional home stager based in Albuquerque, NM recently posted in our private Stagers Connect Group:
I completed the HSR Certification process in February and have been doing my BEST to get out and get some business going! Audra suggests posting when we get our HSR Certificate on Facebook, so I did that and high school friend reached out about a possible partnership.
I couldn't be more grateful. Not only did something MAJOR come from him reaching out; I have some residual income built into this space...
It was vacant and I completely designed and staged the entire space. Now I am partnering with him to manage the space and will receive a cut of the profits each month. This will be an Airbnb.
But it gets better...there are 2 other units just as stunning in the same "home" and I'll be doing the same with those. Residual income!!
And the connections that are coming from this one opportunity are INCREDIBLE!! The owner of this space has a four-plex that I'll be staging and managing for a monthly income...I just couldn't have imagined a better arrangement...not in one million years!
First stage, done! If you're new at this, don't ignore the little things that come along that don't seem like they'll be much. I'm learning that striving is never good...go where the energy and movement are and amazing things happen!
Oh...and Audra...I adore you and I wish I could hug you and look you in the eye and tell you what an answer to prayer you are. Thank you!
How cool is that story only 3 months after finishing her training...woot! What's even cooler is the many encouraging responses she got from our amazingly supportive Stagers Connect Facebook Group!
Remember that book by the incomparable Dr. Seuss? When someone decides to “choose themselves” and steps into the staging and design industry through the HSR Certification Training it’s AMAZING where their business can take them! I was reminded of that Dr. Seuss book when I read about Alicia’s story…
I love to share stories of encouragement and success that so many of my HSR members and grads have had in this incredible industry! This story is a bit unique because it starts with someone who had the odds stacked a bit against them (healthwise) and ends with a Facebook Post, to the New Stager by this amazing HSR grad...enjoy!
In this staging success story, I'm featuring Lindsey Childs of Navy and Gray Designs, a Middle Georgia professional home stager and designer. Typical of all of my stories, I'm going to sprinkle in gorgeous photos of her work which was a success story in that it sold in 6 days!
In her "Getting to Know You Form" she mentioned that she had started a business but was not successful because she didn't have a blueprint for success.
"I have tried to start my own business before, in a different line of work, but I was missing too many pieces. I need that "business in a box" so to speak. With a someone telling me what steps I needed to be taken."
"I was laying in bed dealing with an autoimmune disease, and ran across Audra's Home Staging Resource website...it was a BAM moment and I knew that Home Staging would pull together all the random talents I had. I also knew that I had the 'eye'".
"I have always had an eye for design, but i didn't think that I could make a living from it. Every house/apartment we have had I have staged. I staged our last house and we sold it to the first buyer! Then as we renovated our current home, I realized just how much I love design, the process and the end result."
"The HSR Certification Training gave me a good basis of what staging was and how to go about creating a business....Navy and Gray Designs is much more today than I thought it would be when I started."
Finally, Lindsey had this advice to say to new stagers on Facebook this week, so I had to share it to encourage you all...
I love to share stories of encouragement and success that so many of my HSR members and grads have had in this incredible industry! This story is a bit unique because it starts with someone who had the odds stacked a bit against them (healthwise)…
If you missed my "How to Make 2019 Awesome" webinar last week, then you didn't get to read an inspiring story I shared about a Minneapolis home stager who pursued her dream, this time last year. Here is Laura's story, as well as her recent staging photos...go Laura!
I worked as a Radiology Technician for 3 years with Twin Cities Orthopedics until I took the plunge to pursue my dream of owning a business in design...
It was actually my sister that gave me the idea of home staging. She went to a tent show at the Minneapolis Convention Center and ran into a lady that was a home stager. She went through the HSR training and raved about it, so my sister happened to get all of her personal information for me to reach out. She thought very highly of HSR and told me to really consider it if I wanted a career change.
It wasn't a tough decision for me to make. It all felt right...
I was very unhappy in Radiology and knew it wasn't my forever career. I was sick of working for someone, I wanted to work for myself and build an empire of a company while I was at it. I completed most of the HSR training while I was still working in Radiology, but on January 12th, 2018 I said to myself enough is enough and quit my day job to pursue my dream full-time...
It was the best decision I have EVER made!
Looking back, it's funny how I think I learned more about business in the HSR training than I did in my 4-year Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.
They didn't teach me the processes it takes to start your own business, such as how to get an LLC, EIN, build a website, properly network, etc. Not only do I feel confident now in my business processes from the training I received from HSR, but I feel like I can conquer ANYTHING that comes my way because I have the resources and fellow stagers that I've met along the way right at my disposal.
I've been in business less than a year and I've already seen tremendous growth by putting HSR's training into action...
It's the start of 2019, so today I look at my business as this is my year. I want to go out there and smile more, challenge myself, take risks, set new goals and make a change not only for myself and my business, but for the homeowners I have the chance to work with.
I love helping people sell their homes or redesign their current home. I love the looks on their faces when they see their home staged for the first time, but I love it even more when the home sells fast and for top dollar. If I can make people happy by selling their home or designing a space that better suits their lifestyle that they look forward coming home to, then I'm doing my job.
If I had to do it all over again, I wish I would have started 10 years ago! Even if you're on the fence about it, I say just go for it...
These days I've got more Member Success Stories than I can count which is AWESOME! What makes this post a bit more unusual is that I'm sharing two husband and wife staging teams that have had enormous success (along with a lot of fun) along the way. Here's their stories and staging work...
Dave and Jody Conley (pictured above) took the HSR home staging certification training and launched their business, Conley Homes and Design staging Snohomish, WA county in March, 2017.
Audra, we just hit our one year mark in business and I thought I would share with you our success...
Since Jody sent me that email, her team has grown!
Hiram and Lisa started their staging business, Dream Decor in Hawaii as a "side business" originally. I had the pleasure of getting to meet both of these beautiful people at the last RESA Convention and needless to say...their side business is EXPLODING:)!
Chatting with them at RESA, I was so fascinated by the fact that they have to tackle so many different styles of homes from high rise condos, to beach front bungalows to country estates.
See, my wife and I have always had a great passion for decorating and a few years back when we had our house for sale, everyone kept asking “Who did your staging?” To everyone’s surprise, we just told them, “no one, this is just how we always keep it”. Pretty much every realtor that walked through the home suggested we should look going into staging, so we did. My background is in engineering and business, but I always had a passion for art and the staging business just comes natural to me.
Husband and wife home staging teams! A couple more HSR grad, member success stories with gorgeous photos to share and inspire you. How cute are these couples?