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Home Stager with Classic Designs Home Staging

OK, so here I am all excited about getting started with my home staging business in the Knoxville area.  I'm working hard to get my name out there, but it seems like I get more "slammed doors" than actual welcomes.  Does anyone have any suggestions for new, motivated and tallented people who just want to get their foot in the door? 

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Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Join your local Realtors association, the builders association and the chamber of commerce and become an active networker.

Add your picture and profile information to ActiveRain and blog about staging. Do use the spell check feature.

 Blooming for home buyers.

Jul 11, 2010 12:34 AM #1
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I think Roy ahs summed it up precisely. Network, both on online and in person and blog good content!

Jul 11, 2010 12:39 AM #2
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Bonnie, you can also join a BNI group (Business Networking International)..............it's a group of professionals that meet once a week and refer business to each other...........the oldest form of advertising, "word of mouth"............it's awesome.  Check them out at www.bni.com and find a group near you.  Good Luck with your new business, this group helped mine tremendously.

Jul 11, 2010 12:39 AM #3
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning!

Create contacts with Realtors, architects, construction companies, interior designers etc.

Good luck!

Jul 11, 2010 12:52 AM #5
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bonnie, welcome to Active Rain!  Start with the Active Rain bloggers in Nashville.  Post early and often.  And hey!  Put up a picture of yourself!  Good luck and blog on.  It does work.

Jul 11, 2010 01:05 AM #6
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Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner

There are some great suggestions above. You might also learn who is rehabbing homes. They will usually stage their homes.

Jul 11, 2010 01:11 AM #7
Rainmaker
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William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Generally, what you put into it, is what you get out. But it can take some time before you make any money...

Jul 11, 2010 01:16 AM #8
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Bob Murphy
Keller Williams Realty Consultants - New Albany, IN

There are lots of great suggestions already made here Bonnie.  You just have to keep working hard, hang in there and over time it should pay off for you. 

Jul 11, 2010 01:19 AM #9
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Bonnie -- welcome to A/R!  Is there a chapter for RESA or ASHSR in your area?  Go online to see ... and be sure to go to a few meetings so that you meet other local stagers, who will share ideas for growing your business.  Work on your A/R profile and be sure to include your Localism areas in your posts so that local consumers will see them (State, County, City, and neighborhood).  Also, join the various staging groups here like Stage It Forward, Home Staging, Home Staging Before and After photos, Home Staging Successes, Staging Works, etc.  A great resource for Newbies is found here ... good luck!

Jul 11, 2010 01:57 AM #10
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