This week’s interview is with Jill Robson, Professional Organizer. Jill is an incredible Goal Achiever who helps people find solutions to their disorganization. She brings a unique perspective to organizing with many years of moving and traveling to different places and countries. Jill has organized and staged homes for resale, de cluttered a basement with 30 years of memories, and helped a family reclaim their home room by room. Jill will help you reclaim your space, and time with her personalized, individual approach to your clutter issues.
The Achievers Story
Tell us who you are, where you’re from and something that people would find interesting about you?
My name is Jill Robson and I live in the beautiful town of Fergus in Ontario Canada but I was born in Bristol England. Something that people wouldn’t know about me was that my dad was in the Air Force so we traveled around a lot. On average, we moved about every 9 months and sometimes as many as 3 times a year.
Give us a brief overview about the goal you achieved and why it was so important?
In 1992, I came over to Canada for a wedding and as soon as I got off the plane I knew this is where I had to be. I felt like this was home. I had always been very organized but I didn’t know it was a profession until I started my business in 2012. I achieved the goal of becoming a Professional Organizer.
Let’s dive a little deeper because every story has a beginning, middle, and an end. Give us an example of what your life was like before achieving the goal?
Before I achieved my goal, I was always searching for that one thing that really sparked my imagination and really made me passionate about my work. I wasn’t finding that. However, I recognized that in every job I had, I tended to be the organizer.
Help us understand what it was that really caused you to move in a different direction?
I had a cleaning business for quite a few years but it wasn’t really stimulating my brain and I started to think about doing something else with my time. I was online one day looking up other professions and saw an ad for a course on professional organizing at QC Design School in Ottawa. I signed up for the course and within 2 months I finished the course and launched my business.
Give us an example of what your life is like today?
Expanding. I’m learning more and more every day. I’m meeting new people every day. I recently returned from the annual POC (Professional Organizers in Canada) Conference, of which I am a active member, which was very inspiring. I’m building on the knowledge and really learning new things so, I would definitely say that my life is expanding.
Overcoming The Obstacles
If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that obstacles like fear, time and money among other things can prevent us from or motivate us towards achieving goals. What are the top 3 obstacles you faced, why were they obstacles to begin with, and how were they conquered?
#1 – Inexperience in business. I never had a business before and didn’t know the first thing about it. I struggled with that for a few years and now work with a business coach. This really motivated me and helped me understand the direction I needed to go to move my business to the next level.
#2 – Fear of meeting people. I’m an introvert so it was really difficult for me to get out there and meet people. When I first started my business I joined an organization called the Mompreneur’s. That really helped me because when I went to my first meeting I had to introduce myself. I also joined Toastmasters international to work on public speaking and to get my message out in a professional way.
#3 – Finding clients was another obstacle because I never had a business. Again, the Mompreneur’s helped me with that. I also reached out to other business people and got some really good information.
The next part of the interview is the Triumph. The triumph is all about taking the success of achievement to the next level of personal greatness. The idea of greatness can be different for everyone. For me, greatness is all about the pursuit rather than the destination. What does greatness mean to you and how has achieving this goal contributed to that idea?
For me, greatness is accepting who you are and your abilities. Knowing that I could be a professional organizer and do what I was already doing and enjoyed doing. Realizing that I had a talent for this, was finding my greatness.
Roadmap To Goal Achievement
What is the best advice you ever received that helped you clarify and/or achieve this goal?
When I started my business I also joined my local Chamber of Commerce. One of the businessmen took me out for coffee and told me something I will always remember.
“Aim for one client a week. You want to look at the big picture but don’t run before you can walk.”
Whenever there’s a need to reassess and go back to the basics, this really helps me.
What are some of the resources and tools that helped you achieve this goal?
What did you do to stay motivated throughout the process?
Family and setting an example for my son kept me motivated. When times get tough you just have to dig deep and stay the course. Having my son see me persevere and overcome some of these things has been my biggest motivation. My clients keep me motivated as well.
Is there a book that helped you achieve this goal? If so, how?
“How To Start A Home Based Business and Keeping Yourself Organized” by Dawn Noble.
This book is for Professional Organizers and really goes through the whole process of how to do things such as set up your office, set up client intake forms, how to meet the client and how to have that first initial meeting. Having that as a template to help me was really useful.
What blogs and podcasts do you recommend?
If you were advising someone on how to achieve the same goal or something similar, what specific steps would you have them follow?
I would tell them to join an association in their profession immediately. I didn’t join the Professional Organizers Canada (POC) until January of 2015 and I wish I had joined earlier. It’s been such a help to me just to be surrounded by other organizers and the entire profession. It’s really been great so find that support team that can help you.
What’s the best way for people to connect with you?
Is there anything else you would like to share before we conclude?
Don’t give up!
Know your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re struggling with certain aspects of your business, find help. You have to find people to help with your weak spots and you’ll find it makes you stronger in your strengths. The photographs I put on social media are taken by one of my best friends. In return, I take her out for supper. Find people in your own network that you can trade with.