Ignite The Light

Home Stager with Home Staging By CC


Two days in a row I got phone calls from local Chicagoens interested in starting a Staging business.

I have always been honest and given my advice/opinion. I will never forget trying to help out someone from California via Facebook for some days. Some friends/family, have told me "don't do it...don't give away your secrets....or charge for it."

I will say, the charging for it part is REALLY enticing. But, I regress.

I am a full-fledge believer in Karma. I believe you get from the universe what you put out. I spent 30 minutes on the phone yesterday with one person and 25 minutes today with another. And today, she said, "I don't know if I can do it."

I replied, "then don't..."

I continued, "...if you want, if you really want this to work, go for it. (I took a little Katy Perry influence) and said "you're original...what you do and how you do it will be different."

She felt good afterwards and said, "I'm going for it!"

I replied, "GREAT! Call me if you have any more questions."

Put the energy out in the universe that you want flowing around. I love talking and hanging out with fellow Stagers - I look forward to helping others.

Now, I may charge for that next phone call. :)

Posted by

Cecilia C. Cannon



Home Staging Chicago

Comments (8)

Connie King
Sevierville, TN

Cecilia:   Love your outlook of putting the energy out there that you want flowing around you.   As you said,  everyone's work is unique and different.   A little inspiration is always a good thing.

Jan 05, 2011 01:24 PM
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

You have to use the Chicago method- We Have Waayys  to make you accept our plan.

Jan 05, 2011 01:39 PM
Reno, NV

See....you still have "that energy" flowing & EXPANDING!  It's working....for YOU!  Great Post....thanks for sharing how important it is for OURSELVES that we be KIND and helpful.... it will always work "its" way  back...!

Jan 05, 2011 03:03 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

It's the 'giver's gain' theory.  Those who Give usually Gain back.


Jan 05, 2011 03:44 PM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

It's so generous of you to share your knowledge. And... extremely rewarding.

I've taken those phone calls (too many to count) and feel great after each one of them.



Jan 06, 2011 12:13 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi Cecilia, I used to do this in the past but now that we have an active RESA Dallas Chapter I invite these folks to come (2 x as a guest is our limit) and I'd be happy to speak to them there - or other stagers there would. 

Now that I am also teaching two courses, one for home sellers/Realtors at a local College in the CE department and as a new trainer for SAR - Staging and Redesign - they also have options to take a class if that's the route they choose.  There is nothing wrong with giving away the info however when it comes down to proprietary knowledge and hours of your time being spent with folks, charging for your time does seem like the right thing to do & the info seekers who understand the value of your time and experience won't have a problem with it.

Jan 06, 2011 01:10 AM
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Good for you Cecilia, what goes around comes around.  As my girls always say sharing is caring.

I have spent time on the phone also with people asking me about the business.  It is surreal to me because I have not been doing this long and am by no means an expert.  I am always willing to share my mistakes and sucesses as long as the person seems genuine, informed that Staging is a legit career choice and not a game or time filling activity. I would also hope they are respectful of my taking the time to do it as I would be with others if I called them.

Jan 07, 2011 06:44 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Giving from your heart is always rewarding.  No matter how many calls I have received, I always consider it an honor that someone would value and care about my thoughts and opinions about my Home Staging profession and business. I am passionate and love what I do and am so thankful I can do it everyday.  If I share or I can ever help anyone out in anyway, I am proud to do so.  At any time, I realize that giving really is receiving!

Jan 08, 2011 12:38 PM