How Do I Become a Senior Move Manager?
The journey to becoming a Senior Move Manager begins with the desire to help older adults and their families through the often-difficult process of downsizing and relocating to a new home.
People enter Senior Move Management from all kinds of backgrounds. Some have worked in the corporate world; some in small business; some in not-for-profit organizations; some were homemakers. Very few, however, were entrepreneurs. Most individuals simply assume they can develop and run a successful business, as if starting and operating a small business is easy and requires no particular knowledge base or skill set.
It is widely recognized half of all small businesses fail and only 40% are profitable. Owning your own business is an overly romantic concept. You read about someone who has created a successful business and say to yourself, "I could do that." You dream about the independence, satisfaction, reduced stress, financial rewards and free time you will enjoy as a business owner. If this profile fits you, you're in for a big surprise. Most small business owners work long hours and complain about lacking balance in their lives. Owning your own business will likely encroach on evenings, holidays, weekends and vacations.
That being said, senior move management is an incredibly rewarding and satisfying profession.
Step One — Purchase Welcome to Senior Move Management
To make sure senior move management is the direction you want to pursue, we recommend you invest in NASMM's Welcome to Senior Move Management Webinar. This 45-minute webinar provides an excellent and candid overview of senior move management, including an understanding of the senior move management client and the senior move management profession. Should you decide to continue, Welcome to Senior Move Management combines big-picture concepts with specific tips and strategies essential for Senior Move Managers. These are the "I wish I had known" pointers that save time and money, as well as set the tone for your organization.
For just $39.00, you will gain insight into this exciting, growing senior service profession. To order your copy, click here!
There are also a number of excellent books available on Senior Move Management. For a list of recommended reading, please click here.
Step Two — Join NASMM
The next step in starting a Senior Move Management Company is to join NASMM. NASMM membership is essential for all Senior Move Managers, but is imperative for companies in the very early phases of business development. NASMM is the only professional organization representing Senior Move Managers, and as such, provides you with essential tools, a vibrant community, and exceptional learning that will enhance every aspect of your Senior Move Management business development and growth.
NASMM is committed to connecting great ideas, great opportunities and great people. In short, NASMM provides the most comprehensive collection of association services and professional resources available to Senior Move Managers.
For more information on NASMM membership benefits and joining NASMM, click here.
Step Three — Invest in Training
How do you estimate? What type of contract should I use? What marketing tools are most effective? What happens if I suspect my client is confused or may be suffering from dementia. These are just a few of the hundreds of questions new Senior Move Management Business owners have when starting a new business.
Why re-invent the wheel?
NASMM provides the industry's most comprehensive and recognized Senior Move Management and Business Development education through our FrontDoor Training Program. The Front Door Senior Move Management and Business Development Training Program is the culmination of years of expertise in the areas of senior move management, aging services and marketing.
This self-study program requires about 25 hours to complete and covers the most essential skills in Senior Move Management, marketing, and understanding and working with older adults. Additionally, the FrontDoor training provides you with proven tools and resources, providing a solid foundation for your Senior Move Management business.
For more information on NASMM's FrontDoor Senior Move Management and Business Development Training, click here.
Step Four — Investigate Additional Resources
Additionally, the following NASMM Members offer Business Development Consulting and Training for those looking to start or enhance their own Senior Move Manager Business. Contact these organizations directly to determine what products and services will enhance your Senior Move Management Business.
|eSMMart and The Next Step Hands-On Training Network
|Smooth Transitions Hands-On Training and Licensing
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