I’ve been an active part of the organising industry for around 15 years now. I’ve seen the industry here in Australia grow and evolve during that time.
Before I started I had lots of questions, as does every new organiser that comes along. And one of my favourite things to do is answer those questions. It’s important to me to provide an accurate, no-holds-barred picture of the industry whenever someone asks. I believe in facts.
To that end, I used Survey Monkey to create the 2020 Organising Industry Survey. It was live for two weeks and closed on January 4th, 2021. I want to thank each and every person who contributed to create a snapshot of the industry as it is right now. There were 73 respondents. 63 of them work as a professional organiser. There were also productivity consultants, concierges and people who had not started working as organisers… yet.
The survey included questions about location, business structure, longevity in the industry, income, hiring practices, average hourly rate, hours worked in the business and on the business.
The first thing I learned about organisers is that they are generous sharers. I want to thank the respondents for willingly sharing their answers and comments to create an accurate, up-to-date snapshot. This will help new organisers who are curious about the market and their options.
A couple of stats that came out of the 2020 Organising Industry Survey may interest you:
- 16% of respondents had been working in the industry for longer than 10 years
- 47% of respondents work full time
- 61% of respondents work on average 1-9 non-billable hours each week
There was a second important reason for the survey. I want to know what organisers and soon-to-be-organisers need, so that I can create the resources, training and services that they need to succeed. So I asked the question, “What do you need right now in your organising business?” It turns out that 45% of respondents need more clients. So naturally, I’ll be creating more resources to help with that, along with lots of other goodies this year.