5 Warning Signs You Have a Home Staging Hobby Not a Business

Home Stager with Staging Diva / Six Elements Inc.

make money in home stagingHere are 5 warning signs that your home staging business is really a home staging hobby:

  1. No one else takes your home staging business seriously, and if you're painfully honest with yourself you might realize that you don't either (this is often a symptom of being too afraid to really "go for it").
  2. You love shopping and buying cute decor pieces on sale. Now you have a collection of home staging accessories sitting in a storage locker costing you money, instead of home staging accessories sitting in your clients' homes earning you rental income.
  3. Your phone isn't ringing with new projects right now. If you're in North America, this is the busiest home staging season of the year, so you should be hearing from potential clients.
  4. You're running around doing free home staging estimates, but no one is hiring you to do a paid home staging consultation.
  5. You are not actually making any money. A home staging business by definition, is one that makes money. If it doesn't, then all you have right now is a home staging hobby.

Now, many successful home staging businesses start out as hobbies.

If you're ready to take yours to the next level and start making real money doing what you love then I encourage you to listen to the FREE call I'm doing this week called, "5 Simple Secrets to a Home Staging Business: How to Make Money Doing What You Love."

During this FREE conference call you'll learn how to turn your staging hobby into a real business. I'll share:

  • How I took my own leap of faith in 2002 and got into home staging from an unrelated career
  • What a day in the life of a home stager is really like, including examples from many successful stagers
  • 5 simple secrets to help you start making more money as a home stager right now

There is limited space in this event, click here to learn more and get on my VIP list for this $79 mini-course absolutely FREE.

Debra Gould, The Staging Diva




Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc.

Home Staging expert and long-time entrepreneur Debra Gould, The Staging Diva, is the author of 5 home staging guides and has appeared on HGTV, CBS, CBC, CityTV, GlobalTV and in major newspapers and magazines across the US and Canada. She knows how to make money as a home stager. Discover her secrets to business success in the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.


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Kristal Wilson
Strategic Sales and Marketing - Chino Hills, CA
~Your New Construction Specialist~

Debra ~ the same applies to real estate, sadly I know too many agents who are involved in a hobby and not a business. However i think it's great that you are offering a conference call to share information. Hope you have a great turn-out.

Apr 09, 2011 06:55 AM #1
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Phew, Debra! I do have a Staging Business! I'm glad you are out there to help others develop.

Apr 09, 2011 12:39 PM #2
Debra Gould
Staging Diva / Six Elements Inc. - Toronto, ON
The Staging Diva

Kristal - Thanks! As a home seller and home buyer, I too have run into agents who seem to have more of a hobby. On one occassion it enabled me to scoop up a property for at least $75,000 below market value. It was priced too low and listed right before a major holiday weekend when most people (including agents) were out of town. Since she didn't hold offers, I was able to get it that day.

Janice - Thanks for your comment. Happy Spring Staging, homesellers need our help now more than ever before!

Apr 10, 2011 07:07 AM #3
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com

Home stagers are rare in our distressed environment.  I am looking forward to working with some again stomeday!

Apr 28, 2011 01:48 AM #4
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Great post Debra, I thankfully have made it past the "hobby" phase:)

Apr 29, 2011 04:35 AM #5
Debra Gould
Staging Diva / Six Elements Inc. - Toronto, ON
The Staging Diva

Renee - so are you saying there are NO home stagers in your market that you can work with?

Ana - Glad you liked it and congrats on the success of your home staging business!



Apr 30, 2011 07:50 AM #6
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