Too many unqualified and untalented people are entering the field of staging... seeing it as a way to make a quick buck. It is easy to separate the amateurs from the professionals. Since they are in the business of "good first impressions" then their websites (heck, their business card) should give you just that. If the site and the portfolio of their work leaves you with a good impression... then I would bet they will be good for you and you seller. But if their own site to looks poor... then my advice is to move on. Staging is not rocket science... but it is creative talent.
Well that's enough for now... CRAIG
April 9, 2007 UPDATE: Please note this was my 2nd post EVER!... first posted LAST JULY 2006!
Sorry for the confusion on this one of my rather old post... it was from LAST summer. As soon as someone comments on it... it kind of resurrects it in the group. (I don't want to delete because it is part of my personal blog history, development and growth.)
MUCH has changed in the industry since writing this... and Active Rain has been quite instrumental in moving our industry along. So keeping my words up is a great way to document the growth, giving a reference point.
The sharing of ideas helps all stagers provide better service and market themselves better. The EXPOSURE to staging via this forum has helped MANY stagers get jobs. AND created awareness in areas where staging was never even heard of. Don't get me wrong... we have a long way to go... but this site has REALLY helped.
As for those who graduate from foundation training courses... there will always be those that rise to the top... no doubt.
I have learned to make sure students are educated in their knowledge as to what to expect from the realities of owning a staging business. AND if they choose to take it on... there is an AMAZING resource right here in Active Rain / Stage It Forward to help our peers.
HOWEVER... I think that prior to Active Rain there were not places for people interested in Staging to learn the realities (good and bad) of owning a Staging Business.
Anyway... there will ALWAYS be those that graduate and rise up and create amazing staging companies.
Again I am sorry if my OLD words created doubt on just what is possible. Since that post (my second ever) I have learned much and seen much happen.
For those willing to take on the job and work of creating staging successful companies, I sincerely wish you the best in building yours...