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NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting: Am I Making a Living at This?

  • September 12, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting


  • For guests new to NAPO

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Am I Making a Living at This?

Lessons Learned: The Financial Aspects of Being a Self-Employed Organizer


Our speaker for this presentation will be Susan Kousek of Balanced Spaces, LLC.

Know the expenses related to being self-employed, the value of benefits paid by an employer that you’re no longer receiving, and the importance of charging what you’re worth—all things to take into consideration when setting your rates. Get some insight into financial decisions (both good and bad) made by the presenter and other organizers to help you make decisions to support you and your business and hopefully help you avoid financial mistakes. Bonus for those getting older: insights into Social Security benefits and Medicare.

  • Guidelines for setting rates
  • A multitude of methods
  • Non-billable hours
  • Expenses to anticipate
  • Tracking income and expenses
  • Filing and paying taxes
  • Saving and spending
  • Getting older? Info about Social Security and Medicare

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation, so there may be overtime of about 15 minutes.

Susan Kousek, the owner of Balanced Spaces in Reston, VA, has been self-employed since 1985 and has made many financial decisions along the way, some good and some not so good. She is single and NOT independently wealthy, so money is important to her.  She joined NAPO and the Washington DC Metro Chapter in 1999.  As a professional organizer, she offered both residential and office organizing, specializing in working with papers. She is now a Retired/Emeritus member of NAPO and a Certified Professional Organizer Emeritus. She still works a couple of days a month—helping clients with home inventories and Quicken.


Note: Registrants will receive Zoom registration link and meeting info in their confirmation and reminder emails. 

Zoom will allow participants to interact with each other via audio and video on their computer, tablet, or smartphone app in a real virtual meeting (optional alternative audio available by telephone) where we will be able to see and listen to each other in real dialog. 

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of bad weather, we will only cancel if power is out for necessary meeting managers, in which case, meeting registrants will be emailed.

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