Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Melissa Stacey, founder of Feeling Organized, located in Marblehead, MA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Feeling Organized helps small business owners organize their physical space, as well as their mental space. Our customers are people who are feeling overwhelmed by their office and are in need of organizing solutions for areas like supply closets, filing systems, electronic systems, etc. We also help business owners document their day-to-day tasks into a Business Operations Manual, which creates consistency in the business and is great for training for new employees. Our goal is to help small business owners streamline their processes and run their businesses more efficiently.
Tell us about yourself
I started Feeling Organized over 15 years ago because I truly love organizing, and I have a passion for helping small business owners. What motivates me are the success stories of my clients and hearing how the organizing systems we have put in place are working for them and their team.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment was becoming one of Rancho La Puerta’s speakers. Rancho La Puerta is a world-renowned fitness and spa retreat in the beautiful mountains of Baja, California. Each week, they invite guest speakers to stay at the Ranch and present learning experiences and evening lectures on various topics to the guests. Hundreds of Presenters submit proposals each year to be a part of Rancho La Puerta’s guest speaker list. My workshop, Creating Healthy Organizing Habits, was accepted in their proposal process, and I was invited to speak in two different years. It was an incredible experience, and I am so grateful for the people I met and the time I spent at Rancho La Puerto.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest parts about being a business owner is setting boundaries. I always tell my clients it’s ok to say “No.” I have to remind myself of that advice every day. We cannot do it all, and it’s ok to say “No” sometimes.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
My top 3 tips to anyone starting, running, and growing their business are:
- Find a Balance - Running a business can be all-consuming, so it’s important to find a balance so you don’t hit burnout. Make time to do the things you enjoy and love.
- Set boundaries – Remember, it’s ok to say “No” sometimes.
- Create Systems – Systems are so important to running a business. Good systems create consistency, value and help streamline your business.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I am honored to be the co-author of the book Get Organized Today. In the book, 19 top-organizing experts share their insights and experience to help you get organized and stay organized. My chapter is "Conquering Your Paper Piles." You can buy a copy of the book or download a free copy of my chapter on my website.
Where can people find you and your business?
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