NAPO-AZ maintains a “Willing to Work” Subcontractor List and some helpful articles as a benefit to our membership.
This is not a guarantee of work, and any work opportunities or contracts that may result from this list are strictly between you and the Contractor and do not constitute a contractual relationship between you and NAPO-AZ.
Please note that this information is for NAPO-AZ members only and may not be shared outside of the membership. By signing the “Willing to Work” Subcontractor List, you authorize the sharing of your contact information with other NAPO-AZ members who may be seeking subcontractors.
1. Do you have general liability insurance? If so, may I have a copy?
2. What kind of organizing experience do you have? If no experience, what is your desire to try this type of work?
3. Do you have any pictures of your work? (even if just projects for self, friends, or family)
4. What are your 3 top favorite spaces to organize?
5. Are there any types of jobs you are not willing to do?
6. Are there any types of clients you are not comfortable working with i.e. certain age, gender, or disability?
7. Are you comfortable working on your own?
8. Are you comfortable helping clients with basic computer skills such as calendaring or setting up databases?
9. In addition to organizing, what is your greatest strength you can offer to clients?
10. Are you able to stand for 4-6+ hours? Do you have any physical or personal limitations I need to be aware of?
11. What weekdays are you available? Are you willing to work on Saturdays? Sundays?
12. What city do you live in? How far are you willing to travel for a job?
13. Do you use an invoicing app?
14. Are there any areas you feel you would need more training in or communication on in order to perform a job assignment?
This information is provided by Deb Lawrence, NAPO-AZ Past President.
1. Be proactive: get to know your fellow NAPO-AZ members; review the Directory, check out the members’ bios and make a note of those who you might like to contact.
2. Be bold: call or send an email to 3-4 experienced organizers and ask if you could talk with them about Subcontracting for them. Focus on how you can help them rather than what they can do for you. You will learn so much in return.
3. Be flexible: work with busy professionals, overwhelmed moms, seniors struggling with the next chapter of their lives. A great benefit of Subcontracting is working with a broad cross section of Clients. From this, you will find your niche and what you love to do!
4. Be humble: when working for another Organizer, remember it is their job; they have done the legwork with the Client; and they are calling the shots. You may have awesome ideas for another way to organize that pantry, but never offer your suggestion in front of the Client where it might appear to undermine the lead Organizer. Take the lead aside and offer your suggestions – they may or may not change the plan, but you can do it your way on your own jobs.
5. Be professional: Remember you are representing the other Organizer’s business. Check on clothing preferences ahead of time. When in doubt: black shirt (no logos), black pants, close toed shoes, mask, and work gloves. (Some jobs require shoe covers,)
6. Be prepared: Bring your own water and energy bar. Other than a brief bathroom break, do not expect long breaks or for the Client or lead Organizer to provide food and water.
7. Be on time: We have all had the occasional traffic tie up in the valley, but assume there will be a traffic jam and allow for extra time. You can always have a cup of coffee or read your emails once you get to your destination. Pending other directions from the lead, wait until the lead arrives before entering the Client’s home.
8. Be pleasant and polite: Even if the Client is chatty, listen but keep working. Answer their questions but do not tell them your entire life history. Time will fly and you have work to do or the Client may be disappointed afterwards if their expectations have not been met.
9. Be Smart: This work is often very physically demanding but be smart about moving heavy furniture, lifting heavy boxes of books, or working in 100 degree garages in July. There is only one of you and if you’re hurt – you’re not working.
10. Be grateful: How many people get to do such rewarding work where we literally see lives transformed right before our eyes? Be grateful for the opportunity to do work that you love!
This article provided by, Deb Lawrence, NAPO-AZ Past President.