10 Things We’ve Learned in 10 Years of Staging

So, you know, just sitting around reminiscing about the last 10 years and a few of the things we wished we knew back then. Trust me, there is a great story behind each of these.

1. Always get paid before doing the job.
Be at least as business savvy as the women in the oldest profession in the world. – Yes, that is exactly what I am talking about!

2. Invest in a great website.
This should not follow the George Costanza Theory.

3. Hire for what you hate to do.
Your first hire should be for whatever tasks are most difficult and draining for you. Focus your time and energy on the things you love and are good at.

4. Treasure your people.
Finding and training your team members comes at a huge cost, making them your most valuable assets. Treat them as though they are precious and essential – because they are! – and they will be loyal and hard-working for you.

5. Buy light colored, neutral inventory.
White flowers, white towels, white bedding, linen sofa and chairs. Then add pops of color with art and accessories. This will make your inventory more versatile and timeless.

6. Don’t forget to get good before and after photos.
These are vital for your portfolio and website.

7. Always pack toilet paper.
I don’t need to explain that one.

8. Respond to your market.
Make sure your branding, pricing, and services are the right fit for your area. For more about this, read here.

9. Double-check your list before you head to a job.
Can’t tell you how many times we have had to go back for some important item.

10. Confidence is the most important key to getting jobs.
When you have deep faith in your own expertise and ability, your clients will believe in you, too. Of course, the key to confidence is great training.

Now… how about you? Where do you want to be in 10 years?