Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in maintenance and organizing services, but not sure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Betsy Fein, the president of Clutterbusters!!, Featured in TLC’s popular show HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE!

Tell us all about your business...

My business is Clutterbusters!! Since 2002, we have helped people organize their homes or office. Our customers are anyone that wants help getting organizing!

What's your background and motivation to grow as a business owner?

After 12 years in corporate America, I was laid off from my job as a Recruiting Director. Instead of going back to the rat race, I dropped out of the corporate world for good to pursue my dream of becoming my boss. I wanted the flexibility and freedom of managing my own business. It would have more time for my two kids, and I thrived on the excitement of starting something new. I always had an eye for home organizing, a skill that was in demand among my friends and neighbors.

As an entrepreneur, what does success ultimately mean to you?

I was able to be present for my children when they needed me. I saw all their shows, games, and competitions. I went to all the parent-teacher meetings and loved every minute of it. We started as a one-person business. Then we quickly began to hire other professional organizers – a strategy that helped increase our volume and improve our services. I was very lucky through the years to receive a lot of press and have been proudest of Redbook magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Better Homes & Garden, Real Simple, Fox News, CNBC, TLCs Hoarders: Buried Alive, and Dr. Phil.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a entrepreneur?

The normal stuff---no steady paycheck, hours worked aren't consistent, and always trying to come up with marketing strategies to attract new clients.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run or grow a small business today?

  1. In your industry, work for someone else first.
  2. Make sure your company name isn't someone's trademarked name.
  3. Make sure you have a good website and social media presence.

What are some of the things you put in place to maintain a healthy work/life balance and to keep it all together?

I set my hours so I can spend time with my children whenever needed. I trained others to help me out so I wasn't working all the time.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Starting my company 20 years ago was the best decision I ever made!! I love that the clients are amazed at our services and that we change people's lives!! extremely satisfying.

Where can people find you online?

Phone: 1-866-CLUTTER

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