If you joined my mailing list in the last 2 years, you will have received my free article called 50+ Ways to Make a Living as a Professional Organiser. In that 4-page document, there’s a gigantic mind map showing 65 different ways you can make a living as a professional organiser. Yes, 65!

I am often asked by new-to-organising folk if it’s actually possible to make a full time living out of a professional organiser career. The answer is Yes! I’ve written about it before. You can take a look here and here.

In this article, I thought I’d delve a little deeper into some of those 65 different ways. Let’s take a closer look at joint ventures. This is an income stream that’s probably more suited to experienced organisers, rather than complete beginners. But it can be a rewarding undertaking, both financially and professionally.

According to Google, “A joint venture is a combination of two or more parties that seek the development of a single enterprise or project for profit, sharing the risks associated with its development”. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

To make it more tangible for you, here are a few organising-related examples:

  • With Product Developers: Do you have an idea for an organising product that hasn’t yet been invented or launched? Why not take a prototype of that product to a developer who has the resources and connections to bring it to life?
  • With Retailers: Why not approach your favourite organising-related retailer with an offer to pair up? How could you enhance their customer experience while at the same time getting exposure and customers for your business? (Actually, I have plenty of ideas, but I’ll save those for my mentoring clients.)
  • With Related Service Providers: Who is in the same supply chain as you? Think about the other businesses who are servicing the same audience as you. It could be home stagers or cleaners or…? How could you work with them in a mutually beneficial way?
  • With Colleagues: This one is particularly close to my heart, as I am in a wonderful joint venture with someone I admire and work well with. My colleague, Wendy Hanes, and I started our partnership over 10 years ago and it has grown and blossomed into Hoarding Home Solutions, with even more success than we’d hoped for. But if a partnership is not your jam, why not get together with a colleague you admire and work well with for something different? A podcast or a workshop or…?

Already the list has grown even beyond the original 65 ways to make a living as a professional organiser. Get your thinking cap on and do some brainstorming and big sky thinking for how you can use joint ventures to grow your business. And if you need some help with that, drop me a line. I’d be happy to help.


Organising Joint Ventures


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