Today we’d like to introduce you to Charissa Hall.
Hi Charissa, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share! My name is Charissa, but I go by Grace. I am a Colorado Native and I am very passionate about health, fitness, nutrition, self improvement and organizing!
I am celebrating 5 years in business this year, and it’s been a wonderful journey of helping many clients and also learning so much. Owning a small business is like a Bootcamp for growth in every way imaginable. I started Grace to Organize after a mentor/friend recommended I start a Facebook page for “anything I’m good at”. I made a childcare page and an organizing page.
Within a month I had two friends hire me. After the first session, I felt such excitement, joy, and purpose. I felt like God spoke to me and said “You’ve been hoarding your gift for organizing” and I immediately knew what I was born to do. I’ve been great at organizing (and loving it) since I was 4 years old. It was time to use my gift to help others and not just myself!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As I mentioned before, owning a small business feels like a Bootcamp for growth. I had to overcome my fear that people couldn’t afford my services, I lacked confidence in the value of my service until I had several clients even tell me “you’re not charging enough” and started seeing 5-star reviews come in, and I realized how much I was helping.
When you’re naturally talented in an area it can feel like you aren’t doing much work, and it can be tempting to undervalue your work. But value is different than cost. You have to realize how your service or product is changing someone’s life for good! It took me years to understand this and apply it.
I also struggled with how to explain or teach clients how to organize, since it comes SO naturally to me, I have had to learn how to articulate what I do.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I help people who are overwhelmed with clutter to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. I tell people that organizing is knowing WHAT you own, WHY you own it and where to find it. It’s really that simple.
I’m known for GRACE. I am not in your home to judge you, and if you ask if your home is the worst I’ve seen, I’ll say there is no scale! All of my clients are doing the best they can with what space, circumstances, and knowledge they have. I’m here to help, not to worry about what they’ve been doing to get where they are. There’s grace for all of us!!!
I’m also very frugal and creative, I love using what supplies people already have on hand or spending minimally on new supplies. Organizing does not need to be pricey!
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Be genuine!! People are very good at noticing if you are not. Just because you’re in a profession, and being professional does not mean you have to be perfect. Life is messy, weird, and full of unexpected pivots.
Your clients, customers, and business owner connections want to know YOU just as much as they want to use your service and product. I’ve heard it said like this: People don’t buy you what, they buy you why.
Secondly, be consistent. You can’t expect to meet someone once and have them remember to refer you to everyone they know. Building a relationship over time is much more effective (and fun).
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