Sacred Space Organizing
Name: Charlotte Slankad
Location: Saint Louis, MO USA
We help our clients get organized and live an inspired life. Through our Live Lighter, Live Better Process, we show them how to live life with more freedom, and time and less stuff.
We transform their homes with easy to maintain organizing solutions and simple changes that promote peace and purposeful living.
What products/services do you offer?
- Home & Office Organization
- Moving & Downsizing Services
- Financial Organization
- Virtual Organization
Why did you start your business and how long have you been running it?
I studied organizational behavior while pursuing my MBA and discovered the impact organizing has on our lives. With this knowledge and my desire to help others, I founded Sacred Space Organizing. It has been an awesome journey so far and I am grateful for having an opportunity to help others make their home a sacred space.
What struggles do you think most businesses face in your industry and what would you say they need to do to overcome them?
It can be difficult to get noticed among the number of professional organizers to choose from. It’s important to have a clear-cut message of what sets you apart and create a personal brand that is effectively promoted. Find your niche and play into your strengths and solve your clients problems better than anyone in your field.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is taking the first step to starting my own business. Just convincing myself that I could do it was half the battle. I can honestly say that “Sacred Space Organizing has helped define who I am today. I love inspiring others and helping clients simplify their lives. It’s truly my life’s intention.”
What has been your biggest ‘fail’ so far?
Trying to do everything on my own. However, in 2019 – I welcomed a successful female business entrepreneur and Professional Organizers as my business partner. I believe that two heads are better than one. This allows more time to focus on our mission and fulfill the needs of our clients.
What do you love most about your business?
I love sharing my knowledge and organizational skills with clients who let us into their hearts and homes. It is so rewarding to guide others on a path to a clutter-free life filled with peace and joy.
Serving our clients is just the beginning of the happiness we experience through our work. We are delighted to help people in our communities live better lives by sharing the things our clients no longer need or treasure. Through our Blessing Our Neighbors project, we can change lives, honor the earth and bless our neighbors in need. We are honored to head this initiative that embraces opportunity, prosperity and purpose for all.
What do you find most challenging?
Learning to understand the reasoning behind a client’s desire to hold on to things. Stuff has a powerful grip on our lives.
Often it is difficult to let go of the things we accumulate over time. Everyone’s situation is different and have various underlying reasons for holding on to possessions. Some clients hold on to everything. Whether it’s a sweatshirt dating back to high school or a cute little dress that doesn’t fit anymore or magazines that are buried beneath magazines from 1964. The chances of wearing the sweatshirt or reading the outdated magazines are highly unlikely.
The question is why do we hang on to so many things? Sometimes we need to put on our therapist hat and gently guide clients to sort through the memories and boxes of stuff.
Helping people discard is one of the most difficult aspects of our job, but it can also be the most rewarding when we simplify life with intention
How do you promote your business (please include as many details as you can)?
Referrals from our clients is one of the best ways to gain new business. We are always looking for new ways to get more leads. We rely heavily on maintaining a high SEO ranking, so we stay on page one.
In addition, we are active on Facebook and in our community. We strongly believe in networking with business partners in a similar field and supporting nonprofit organizations who are dedicated to helping people in our communities live better lives.
What business skills do you have (eg. graphic design, customer service)?
- Professional Organization
- Coaching Skills
- Marketing & Advertising
- Extensive Entrepreneurial Skills
- Mentoring Female Owned Businesses
- Website Design
- SEO Optimization
- Customer Service
- Website Marketing
- Learning New Things
What business skills would you like to improve on?
You can never know too much. Learning is a journey. It’s a continuous process of gaining new knowledge and skills.
The same applies to technology. It has the power to do many things and changing the world and the way we do business is one of them.
“Unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ronald E. Osborn
What software did you/your designer use to create your website (eg. WordPress, Wix)?
We use Squarespace. It’s the all-in-one platform to build a beautiful website. Love it!
What are some of your favourite business tools and apps?
- We love Dubsado its essential to running our business.
- Canva has been essential for simple yet custom graphics.
- Dropbox is a great tool for sharing photos.
- Slack has become a great way to communicate with clients and team members.
What do you like about your website?
We love the messaging behind our brand and throughout the entire site. Our process is to help other Live Lighter and Live Better. We believe that this powerful concept resonates throughout our website.
What would you like to improve on your website?
At this point we are very pleased with our website and continually receive favorable compliments from others. However, we can never stop looking for ways to improve. We will always be listening to to our clients and follow their lead.
What lessons have you learnt during your time as an entrepreneur?
Always keep listening and learning. Knowledge and change are powerful tools.
What key tips for success in business would you like to share with others?
Know your competitors and wish them well. Focus on your vision, values and passion to serve your clients. Remember the Golden Rule? “Treat others both personally and professionally how you want to be treated.” This message goes far beyond simply being kind to people or going out of your way to help someone in need.
Make every effort to be kind and compassionate to others. “We Rise By Lifting Others.”
What is the one thing that you want everyone to take away from this post?
Don’t underestimate the power of your purpose. Focus on what matters most and tap into the energy and determination that lies within. What are you being called to do? What do you enjoy?
Take risks and push forward regardless of the odds or obstacles. “Simplify Life With Intention.”