Archive for the ‘Corporate Partners’ Category

“I already know our CAMs” – Do you really?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

We often hear our members, especially our long serving members, say that they already know the Corporate Associate Members (CAMs). We don’t need to talk to them because we already know what they do. Do you really know everything?

Our CAMs are also business owners/franchisers who have been and still are in the position of growing their business. They have made connections, made mistakes, learned valuable lessons and found terrific resources that can benefit not only their businesses but perhaps even ours. Their businesses have changed, just as ours have, and they may have new offerings. New staff also come in and bring new ideas, experiences and energy. While our CAMs would love to do business with us, they would also like to share their business knowledge with us.

They would also like to get to know us better because we too have experienced business in ways that they can benefit from. No business or business owner can operate in a vacuum and we have an opportunity in our next meeting to mix and mingle; learn and share; meet and greet and grow our resources for our own business.

Please plan to attend the May 2nd CAM Roundtable, you may be surprised at what you didn’t know!

Using Video for Protecting Your Assets to Preserving Family Memories – a Company Reinvents Itself

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Creating video inventories of your home and business possessions provides important protection for your own or your clients assets in the event of major disasters like fire, storms or theft.  Without proof, insurance companies do not replace or pay for all that may be lost and police do not return stolen goods without proof of ownership.  Maintaining video inventories and digitized supporting documentation solves those problems.

Our company, Home Contents Videos was doing that for several years and has now reinvented itself as Rainmaker Video.  We still do the video inventories, but have now discovered a number of other video needs that clients have.

It is amazing how many people think about their parents and grandparents and do not know as much as they would like to about their family history and heritage.  The strongest intention of people is to connect past generations with present and future generations.  There always seem to be laughter and tears in equal proportion.

Besides video for entertainment, another interesting area that has become quite a rage in our lifetimes is video marketing.  We have been watching television all our lives and with the advent of YouTube, personal computers, tablets, smart phones and the like, we are inundated with possibilities to watch videos.  There are over one billion YouTube users.  One statistic says there are over 5 billion YouTube views per day.  And that is only YouTube.  Entrepreneurs and small companies have realized that video needs to be an element in their marketing programs and they strive to connect more personally and effectively with potential customers.  These are not just advertising videos, but they also include valuable content and other information useful to the viewers.

Check out below to see how one company has decided to evolve and reinvent themselves in this most exciting arena.

We are proud to announce the launch of Rainmaker Video, formerly Home Contents Videos LLC. 

We create videos that matter in three key areas:

 1) Life Stories on Video preserve family history and memories.

2) Marketing Videos help you attract new customers.

3) Video Inventories help protect your assets.

Watch our launch video, visit our Rainmaker website, check out our work on YouTube or contact us to find out how we can make videos that matter for you.

Multi-generational Living: The New Trend in Home Building

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

MultiGenerationalFamilyMulti-generational living is becoming more common as Baby Boomers age and move through retirement.

Data from the 2009 – 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 4.3 million households were multi-generational. That’s 5.6% of the total of 76.4 million family households with more than one person. While this is a small percentage, it represents a significant increase in the share of multi-generational households. The increase is from 3.7% of total family households in 2000 and 4.0% of total family households in 2010. So not only is the percentage higher, the rate of increase is also growing.

A few new home builders have recognized this trend and are starting to build homes to accommodate multi-generational living. Lennar has the NEXT GEN line of homes while Richmond America and Toll Brothers have optional designs that can be added to existing lines.

 These homes have some common characteristics. Most of them feature a private entry, often covered for the convenience of the added generation. While all of them feature an additional bedroom and living area, most often with a separate bathroom, some of them go so far as to have a full second master bedroom suite and bath. A few even have small kitchen areas for private food preparation and dining.

This style of home makes lots of sense for both adult children and their parents. It avoids the need and expense of assisted living. With the private entrance, hired care givers can visit their clients without disturbing the rest of the family. Grandparents and grandchildren can live close together and interact, creating memories for all the generations in the home.

According to this article, multi-generational homes make financial sense.

“With respect to mortgages … these are single-family homes with one person on the mortgage. In most cases, a senior parent moves into the 2Gen suite. His adult children who need more space occupy the main residence. The senior parent is usually the source of the down payment, and the adult children are responsible for the loan. It’s far more economical than seniors living in nursing homes.”

As we continue to serve the senior population, we’re certain we’re going to be assisting more clients with finding multi-generational homes. What about you? Do you have a parent who might like to live with you? With these floorplans and the Builder Trade In program, we can help!

Floorplan credit: Richmond American Homes

Increasing Your Business Through Social Media, the Right Way

Monday, August 12th, 2013

by Juli Monroe, 1 to 1 Discovery

Social media is still a hot topic and probably will continue to be one for quite a while. I’ll be conducting a series of seminars this fall aimed around using social media to increase sales. If you’ve been curious how to make it work for you instead of just wasting your time, you’ll find the answers here.

All seminars will be at the Community Business Partnership in Springfield, VA (7001 Loisdale Road). They are a great organization and another resource to grow your business. Consider this an opportunity to check them out.

How to Choose the Right Social Media for Your Business

Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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Lots of people just end up on a social media platform because someone said, “Oh you need to start a ____ page.”

Not every social media platform is right for every business, and selecting the correct one will save you time and frustration. But how do you choose?

That’s where this seminar comes in. In it you’ll learn about

• Advantages and disadvantage of the major platforms and how that applies to your business

• Which platforms require the most (and least) amount of time

• How the lifecycle of your business affects what channels will work for you

• How to research which channels your potential customers are using

After this seminar, you’ll be able to choose the right social media platform(s) for your business. Start off right, without wasting time and effort!

How Good Listening Skills (Both Online and In-Person) Can Help You Grow Your Business

Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Sales people and small business owners have a tendency to talk more than listen, especially online. We want everyone to know how great we are, but sometimes the best approach really is to stop and listen.

In this seminar we’ll cover:

• What does it mean to “listen” online?

• Why listening is a powerful skill and how to use it to increase sales and referrals

• How to listen online and use it to your advantage (who to listen to) – tools to help you capture relevant information (e.g. Hootsuite streams)

• Tips to help you recognize when you’re talking too much and how to stop

Stop talking and land more clients!

How To Turn Social Media Interactions Into Qualified Prospects and Sales

Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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“How do you measure the Return on Investment on social media?” I hear this question all the time, and the truth is most businesses don’t measure it and can’t. Why? Because they haven’t created a social media strategy to track qualified prospects and sales.

Don’t make the same mistake with your own social media efforts. In this seminar we’ll cover

• Setting clear social media goals

• Why platform selection is critical to measuring ROI

• How to create a strategy to track leads and turn them into qualified prospects and sales

• The different strategies for using social media to drive business to a brick and mortar location vs. a website

Think that social media is just a waste of time that can’t be turned into real business? Think again.

With more than eight years of networking and sales experience, Juli Monroe is a networking and business coach with 1 to 1 Discovery where she helps small business owners grow their business through effective networking and word of mouth marketing.

Juli’s approach to life and business revolves around building relationships, both in person and online. She uses Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms to maintain the relationships she makes in-person and to find new friends she’s yet to meet “in real life.”

She is excited to have published a book entitled, The Enthusiastic Networker (available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble), which helps readers find and build those relationships to support them forever. It also helps people find their unique networking presence and voice.

Welcome To Our Newest Corporate Partner, 1 to 1 Discovery!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Our newest Corporate Partner, Juli Monroe with 1 to 1 Discovery, offers services geared to the professional organizer! As an experienced coach, Juli helps us learn how to network effectively and how to use social media well – skills that many professional organizers can benefit from. Juli offers a free first session with both Network Coaching and Social Media Coaching. Contact her today to see how she can help you take your business to the next level. Welcome, Juli! It’s great to have you!

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Contact: Juli Monroe

Website: http://1to1discovery.com/

E-mail: juli@1to1Discovery.com

Phone: 571-220-1891

Facebook: www.facebook.com/1to1Discovery

Twitter:@1to1Discovery

Our Newest Corporate Partner: Book Bliss Online!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Welcome to our Newest Corporate Partner: Sharon Bliss with Book Bliss Online!

Many of our clients have a lot of books to clear out!  Sharon will come to the client’s home, make an offer on the books as a group, and pay the client cash on the spot.  She then will haul away ALL books the client no longer wants, donate any that cannot be re-sold, and provide a tax receipt.  To learn more, call or email Sharon.  We are glad to have Book Bliss Online as our newest Corporate Partner!

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Contact: Sharon Bliss
E-mail: sharon@bookblissonline.com
Phone: 571-594-7708

Landfill-Free Hauling

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

LANDFILL-FREE HAULING — by Alex Powers

Organizing Clients:

Once you have found an organizer to help out, you may have an item or two you don’t need anymore. Junk King is 100% landfill-free. We recycle, scrap, donate, re-task or give away all the junk we take. Our drivers are not on commission and we are 100% veteran owned. Mention NAPO and get 10% off our regular prices, already below those of our larger competitors.

NAPO Organizers:

When you need a hauler. especially if you need it done fast or if it helps that your client be assured that their “valuables and collectables” are not going to a landfill, please email me or call me on my cell 703-819-5667. We will take $250 off the first job we do for you, and all subsequent jobs will have a 20% discount off our regular price. We have a very high “A” rating on Angie’s List. Check us out!

Contact: Alex Powers

Website: http://fairfax.junk-king.com

Email: alexp@junk-king.com

Phone: 1-800-995-5865

Using CityStash Storage as an Organizing Tool

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Using CityStash Storage as an Organizing Tool – by Josh Seever

Self-storage is a great tool to support you in organizing a Washington DC area home, particularly for those living in an apartment, condo, or small house with limited storage space. The expense of moving up to a larger home is far more than the cost per square foot of external storage.  Self-storage can be perfect for those items that are too valuable to sell or throw away, but are only used once or twice a year.  Some examples of this are:

  • Holiday decorations
  • Documents
  • Mementos
  • Inherited items
  • Craft and hobby materials
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Seasonal sports equipment

So, self-storage is a great option. However, there are some issues.  First, you have to transport your own household items to their facility.  Many people lack the necessary transportation or physical capability to do this themselves.  Second, you have to pay for a specified amount of space, even if you don’t fill it entirely.  This is actually quite difficult to do unless you know how to pack your stuff into a four-foot high, three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle!  And a storage unit in Arlington, Washington DC, Alexandria, Bethesda, and Silver Spring is expensive (about a $125 for a 5×5 and $175 for a 10×10).

CityStash Storage solves these problems.  We are changing how you do self-storage in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.  CityStash Storage will drop off containers (our largest is 34”x24”x20”) and boxes right into your living room for you to pack on your own schedule.  We will then pickup containers, boxes, and furniture for free, and transport them to their climate controlled storage facility.  Then, we can deliver any or all of your items back to you on demand for a flat fee.  It is so easy because you never have to leave your home.  You place your initial order on our website and each of your individual stored items (including an inventory of each container and box) is tracked in your own online account.

We are based in Arlington at 1220 N Fillmore St, Arlington VA, 22201.  You can find more information about CityStash Storage at www.citystash.com or (202) 417-2120.

We are paying a referral bonus of $75 for each client that a NAPO-DC member refers!

123Junk will Pull Plane to Benefit Special Olympics VA

Friday, August 31st, 2012

NAPO-WDC’s Corporate Partner, 123Junk, will be tugging a jumbo jet for their second annual appearance at the Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull!  All proceeds from the Sept. 22 event at Dulles Airport benefit Special Olympics Virginia.  123Junk will be hosting a kids’ truck pull as well as additional activities for the family. For additional details, see www.planepull.com.

This year 123Junk has set what they call “An audacious fundraising goal” for themselves!  They aim to raise $5,000 for Special Olympics Virginia through the help of friends, clients, and partners.

If you would like to contribute any amount — large or small — to this great cause, log on to www.firstgiving.com, and enter “123Junk” in the search bar at the top of the page.
Click on the “123Junk Dulles Day Plane Pull Page” link, then once on the page, the green “Donate” button, and follow the prompts.

Checks should be made payable to “Special Olympics Virginia,” and may be sent to 123Junk, 14526 Lee Road, Suite 100, Chantilly, VA, 20151.

Thank you to all who support this event!  See you at the airport on the 22nd!

ShelfGenie Part-Time In Home Design Consultants

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

ShelfGenie® is one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the custom kitchen design industry and a long time NAPO & NAPO-WDC corporate partner.  We design, build and install Glide-Out™ shelves for existing cabinets in the kitchen, bath or other areas of the home.  ShelfGenie Glide-Outs provide more space, easier access and better organization.

Our Northern Virginia franchise is seeking several talented design consultants to create custom solutions for our clients.  This is an ideal part-time opportunity to generate additional income and productively fill some of your down time.

Your ability to design custom solutions that address each client’s specific space, access and organizational needs is the key to success. You must be a self-starter with excellent problem solving and time management skills.  This is a commission only independent contractor opportunity working out of your home.

You should be available to run appointments 12 – 20 hours per week or more.  Web-based calendar allows you to set and update your availability instantly.  Each week you determine when you are available to run appointments.  Our call center then books appointments for you based on your availability and where you are willing to run appointments.  You may also self-generate leads and earn a higher commission.

Job Details/Requirements:

  • Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties) & Washington, DC
  • Compensation:  Commission based, earnings potential is up to you
  • On-line training program gets you started
  • Ability to design spaces for easier access and better organization
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, focused on developing client relationships
  • Provide your own transportation to in-home consultations lasting 60 to 90 minutes or more
  • Basic computer skills (Email & MS Excel) and the ability to adapt to new technology
  • Required: A laptop, scanner and portable printer (provided to you) plus the purchase of a Sample and Marketing Kit

A great benefit to becoming a ShelfGenie design consultant is that each time you run a company or self-generated appointment you are welcomed into a home where the homeowner is pro-actively seeking home improvements.  ShelfGenie allows you to discuss and promote your organizing business during the design appointment.  Feel free to include your business literature as part of our leave behind package.  In addition, you earn CPO continuing education credits when you complete our on-line designer consultant training.

For complete opportunity details and to submit an application, please to go http://www.shelfgenie.com/designer/. Feel free to share this link with friends or family.