When you’re getting ready to get started as a home stager, there are a lot of questions you may have about the best way to get each step done. Whether you’re a School of Home Staging student or not, we’ve put together a list of resources to help you get going. (And we’re always adding to it!)
Home staging resources for starting your business:
Home Staging Certification
Is home staging certification necessary? The short answer is no. Many schools like to make it sound like you absolutely need a certification, and that helps them sell their certification course. You don’t. There is no industry-wide requirement for any kind of certification whatsoever in the home staging business. You can definitely become a stager without certification. We do offer a home staging certification course because many students find that it helps them with confidence. Also, just in case a client or Realtor asks if they are certified, they can say yes. We also offer a home staging course without certification.
Home Staging Website: Wix
Wix is a very easy website builder to use if you’re building your own home staging business site. They have gorgeous templates and you don’t need any previous website knowledge to get great results with Wix. Try this out and see what you think: Interior design business template on Wix
Home Staging Contract
We don’t sell a home staging contract. Ideally, you’ll hire an attorney and invest in your own contract for your business. You can find examples of contracts online so that you now what points to cover. Here’s one you can look at so that you can get an idea. (Please note that our recommendation is to hire your own attorney, not to use a ready-made contract.)
Bookkeeping & Invoicing: FreshBooks
FreshBooks is the best way to handle your billing, track your time, and manage expenses. QuickBooks has been the go-to for decades, but you might find that it’s too expensive and really more complicated than necessary for your business. FreshBooks is easier to use, in my opinion, and has a more intuitive feel. You can sign up for the free trial and see if you like it.