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Exploring Life and Business with Michael Quan of Fulfilling Your Future

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Quan.

Hi Michael, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I grew up in the suburbs of San Jose up in Northern California where I followed the traditional path of becoming an Engineer by attending a four year university followed with a graduate degree. I started working in the corporate world in 2010 as a Software Engineer for a large aerospace corporation and eventually moved onto becoming a Project Engineer, a role that I still hold to this day.

My story was pretty cookie cutter up until 2018 when a major life event changed the course of my life. A random fire in the middle of the summer burned down my childhood home and destroyed many of my possessions that I had accumulated from childhood till 18 years old. It was a devastating event but the ended up making me re-evaluate my relationship with my past possessions that I had left behind and all the items I had accumulated with me in my adult life. I discovered Marie Kondo’s Book and Netflix series and was inspired to perform the Marie Kondo KonMari Method™ on my own home and possessions.

After performing the KonMari Method™, I found out that Marie Kondo’s organization offered a certification course to become an authority to help others declutter and organize their homes. I took the certification course in September 2019 and launched my Professional Organizing business (Fulfilling Your Future) in December 2019. I have serviced many clients since then and the most rewarding part is the relief the client feels after conducting a session where their space is transformed into something functional and beautiful at the same time. I continue to strive to help as many people as I can while balancing my business with my full-time Engineering career.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My goal was to launch my business as efficiently as possible without experimenting and re-inventing the wheel for anything. Luckily the Marie Kondo KonMari community has many great resources so other new organizers don’t struggle! With the help of the other community members, I was able to quickly get up to speed with very little struggle. I have been able to set my ideal schedule throughout each week with client sessions, consultations, and the general business work.

In terms of working with clients, the first few sessions were pretty nerve-racking but eventually everything fell into place through experience and continuous improvement/adjustments. I am in a spot now where I know I am a subject matter authority and can easily adapt to meet the needs of each individual client that I work with. Once I can understand their needs and motivations, it allows me to provide the best possible service to them!

As you know, we’re big fans of Fulfilling Your Future. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Fulfilling Your Future is my Professional Organizing business that I started in December 2019.

I help working professionals and their families declutter and organize their homes so they can have a more peaceful household in order to spend quality time with the people and activities they care about.

I work side-by-side with clients to systematically to sort/declutter their possessions and create optimal storage solutions using my training and certification from Marie Kondo in the world-renowned KonMari Method™. I am 1 of 5 certified consultants in San Diego County and 1 of 6 male certified consultants worldwide.

The KonMari Method™ is an organizational approach that emphasizes category over location, sorting and discarding before storing, and a love for items we keep and gratefulness for what we let go. I am really proud to utilize this technique with each client as I believe it has long-lasting effects and once we finish tidying their home, they should never need to call me back again!

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I am an avid home coffee roaster! I picked up coffee roasting as a hobby during the pandemic. I started by ordering a popcorn maker with some beans in order to experiment with something new and interesting. Shortly after, I made it a goal to only drink what I roasted myself. By switching to this new mindset, I was able to control the origin, wash process, roast level, and freshness of the bean. A few months after starting and 20+ pounds of roasting small batches with the popcorn maker, I took the plunge and upgraded my roasting setup to 1 pound drum roaster to increase the consistency and quality of my roasts while reducing the amount of manual labor required to output fresh coffee. In the past year, I’ve roasted over 250 pounds of beans. Many of my friends have been able to try my roasted coffee beans with rave reviews and sometimes, I even bring freshly roasted coffee as gifts to my clients during their sessions!

Pricing:

  • 30 Minute Phone/Video Consultation: Free
  • In-Home Organizing: $75 an hour (3 hour minimum)
  • Virtual Strategy/Organizing Session: $75 an hour (1 hour minimum)

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Carly Topazio Carlo Di Dio

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