Organization is key to feeling happy and prepared for whatever life you choose. But how do you get organized? Read the interview with Nancy Korbet, strategic coach and organizational extraordinaire, and gain tips for your home, work, and life. Thank you, Nancy, for taking the time to chat with us!
You’ve recently launched a new website, http://nancykorbet.com, tell us what it’s like to start out with a new business!
It’s exciting, it’s scary, it’s creative, it’s rewarding and it’s something I knew I had to do at this point in my life! All the elements of my business I’ve been doing for years, but last year I decided to combine them all and do it as my full time job!
There’s a lot of talk about escaping the 9-5 and creating your own income, what inspired you to start your business?
I had been in the fashion industry for 25+ years. I lived and worked in NYC, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, made a nice income and traveled the world, all fantastic! But, I always knew I would work for myself at some point. I paid attention to what made me happy. I found that was when I was doing wardrobe/creative/organizing projects for friends and family. When I completed their projects and I saw the relief, confidence and joy in their face…I knew THIS is what I want to do full time! Helping people make a shift, so they can flourish and be their best self!
Walk us through a typical day in your world:
Most mornings I get up around 6:30 and instead of immediately checking emails (a hard habit to break) I go into our meditation room. For the next 30 or 60 minutes, I meditate, work with spiritual energy cards and write. It’s the ‘’juice’’ that helps set my day. A quick breakfast and then down the stairs to my office to check emails and work on whatever client projects I have going on.
My work is diversified which make my days ever changing. I love that! Some days I’m off early in the mornings to help a client fall in love with their wardrobe again. Some days I’m collaborating with a client on a plan of action for a room makeover. Some days I’m helping a small business owner come up with solutions to help their business grow.
Often I’m on site with these projects and other times, we meet via Skype.
What are the hardest parts about running your own business?
A happy client spreading the word about their experience is my best source of marketing. However, I still need make time for marketing and sometimes it feels like I don’t have that time. Also, there is no longer the certainty of a set income each month, so I’m constantly having the ‘’self-talk’’ when it feels like I haven’t booked enough clients for the month. I’m a positive person, but this is now my livelihood, so the fear of ‘’not doing enough’’ likes to seep in occasionally. So for me, it’s about being diligent in staying positive.
Have you been in a 9-5 job before? What do you think the benefits are to going out on your own?
I have been in a 9-5 job before. The benefit of going out on my own is the freedom of being in charge of my time, working hard and reaping the benefits for something I’m passionate about.
What inspired you to start a company focused on organization?
Wanting to be organized is something everyone can relate to; a universal challenge. Organizing, creative space planning and generally making something that is out of balance into balance comes naturally to me. I feel energized when I’m working with a client to help them solve a challenge. It’s inspiring to them and to me!
What’s your advice to someone who lives in a small space but has a lot of things?
Keep it simple. Look around your space, identify the things that are important to you and the things that make you feel good, anything else, use a critical eye and get rid of it.
If you love to have your ‘’things’’ out, store half them, then rotate them once or twice a year. It’s actually a great way to keep your space always looking fresh!
What would you say to a woman who is considering starting her own company?
Ask yourself “Is this something I am passionate about’’, if the answer is yes, pursue it. Accept that there might be some unforeseen challenges, be pragmatic and adjust your plan as necessary. If there is are experts in the field who you admire, contact them and see if they are willing to share information. If we are going to be successful, we must help each other get there!
Which do you prefer when hiring someone: Experience or Academics?
My preference is usually experience, but if I read a resume of someone that doesn’t have a lot of experience, but sends a clever note or cover letter with their resume, I will definitely meet with them. For me, it’s about meeting the person and seeing their enthusiasm for the job, if they ask questions about the job (ie: did some homework about the company) and I use my instincts. A good fit with the culture of a company is key.
If you’re looking for a little less chaos and a little more structure, reach out to Nancy on her website!