We had the good fortune of connecting with betsy fein and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi betsy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After years spent voluntarily helping friends, neighbors and relatives organize their homes and offices, I determined that the growing demand for organizing services, combined with my background in human resources, sales, and management, made me an ideal candidate to start a professional organizing business. I researched the industry and learned the optimal way to present services to the public. Since that time, Clutterbusters!! has grown quickly, and has become the largest organizing company in the region. Betsy believes strongly in education and professional development, and is active in several organizations, including the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the International Association of Professional Organizers (IAPO). She’s become a well known expert on professional organizing, appearing on several radio and television programs, and authoring many articles.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Clutterbusters!!, is a Women Owned business, and has done more than 50,000 hours of hands-on organizing in clients home and offices since 2002!!

After 12 years in corporate America, I was laid off from my job as a Recruiting Director. Instead of going back to the rat race, I dropped out of the corporate world for good to pursue my dream of becoming my own boss. I wanted the flexibility and freedom of managing my own business. It would have more time for my two kids, and I thrived on the excitement of starting something new. I always had an eye for home organizing, a skill that was in demand among my friends and neighbors.

I was able to be present for my children when they needed me. I saw all their shows, games, and competitions. I went to all the parent-teacher meetings and loved every minute of it. We started as a one-person business. Then we quickly began to hire other professional organizers – a strategy that helped increase our volume and improve our services. I was very lucky through the years to receive a lot of press and have been proudest of Redbook magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Better Homes & Garden, Real Simple, Fox News, CNBC, TLCs Hoarders: Buried Alive, and Dr. Phil.

Starting my company 20 years ago was the best decision I ever made!! I love that the clients are amazed at our services and that we change people’s lives!! extremely satisfying.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
visiting AZ is great for my friends since most are from the East Coast–we would do the usual of Sedona, Grand Canyon and other popular spots. For Scottsdale I love to keep busy whether going to see a comedy show, Axe throwing, taking a craft workshop or listening to live music!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My entrepreneurial spirit comes from my father!! he owned his own business and from a very young age took me to many networking events.

Website: www.clutterbusters.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/clutterbusters

Youtube: http://youtube.com/user/betsyfein

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