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Meet Alex Brzozowski of Be Organizing in San Diego County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Brzozowski.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in the Detroit area and then attended Butler University in Indianapolis. At that time, I thought I wanted to work in the legal world so I studied Sociology & Criminology and interned with the Prosecutor’s Office during college. After I graduated, I moved to San Diego right away to start my career in the legal world. I was a Paralegal for five years where I worked with two different law firms who were both paperless back in 2008 and 2009 which was unheard of. I was able to see and understand firsthand how beneficial it was to have systems in place to save time and therefore money. I even became the “go to” person when it came to keeping case files and documents in order.

As a Paralegal, I worked with many different clients where I created an even deeper understanding of building systems, tracking and storing highly sensitive and private documents online and off. Clients would come to us that did not have their paperwork together and sometimes would not even know where certain important documents were located. So, a lot of my work was piecing things together, organizing information and documents.

Eventually, I decided that the law firm environment was no longer for me because I wanted to collaborate more with my clients and co-workers, have a flexible schedule and build a business. I then stumbled across a quote by Tony Gaskins, “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” That is when I decided that I was going to start my own business to build my own dream.

At the time, I wasn’t sure what type of business I was going to start. Being the detail-oriented, organized person I am, I created a Pro/Con list of what I enjoyed doing and what I did not. I knew that I enjoyed and was good at creating systems and organizing information, documents and other things. I also knew that these processes are an important aspect of life in order to save time to do the things you love. While researching my business ideas online I came across the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and saw that clients were hiring for that type of service, so I decided to start my business in organizing homes, businesses and digital life. I also joined the local NAPO-San Diego Chapter and have been on the board ever since. I am currently the Chapter President.

After many pivots in my business, I have been able to grow and now have a team of organizers. We specialize in different areas and cover the entire county. It is so wonderful to be able to share our passion and help even more people.

Has it been a smooth road?
My favorite word right now is “pivot” because it is definitely a bumpy ride! You have to be ready to make turns to navigate your business in order to grow and you have to be able to accept help. I don’t even like to use the word “failure” because to me it’s always an adjustment, a shift. Not a complete loss that failure can imply.

My biggest struggle to date has been hiring my first employees. I knew for years that I needed to hire Professional Organizers and Productivity Specialists in order to grow the company. I was mentally stopping myself for so long because I thought that I must max out my time, energy and therefore, produce more income before I can justify hiring someone which is exactly what I did.

Needless to say, I burned out and did not have any kind of balance in my life. I even got sick a couple of times because my immune system was so stressed. Since I used up all my time and energy, I would not even think about hiring a team. This was the exact opposite of what my goal was.

I ended up hiring a business coach who helped me make changes to my schedule so that I could have a balance between my business and personal life. This balance also gave me time to start preparing to hire someone. She was able to help me get the structure and clarity I needed to grow my business.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Be Organizing is a company of Professional Organizers and Productivity Specialists that reduce stress and simplify your home, business and digital life. Our goal is to reduce stress and save time in people’s lives so they can do what they love.

We work inside homes organizing spaces including closets, offices, documents, bedrooms, living rooms, garages and more. We specialize in organizing businesses and households’ digital life including digital documents, CRM programs, pictures, music, email, contacts, calendars and more. We will also find the best program/solution to fit people’s needs and teach them to use it.

What sets us apart is that we are able to integrate our expertise in all three service areas (home, business and digital life) to bring a holistic approach to our clients. We look at the big picture. For example, instead of just organizing your CDs we are able to take it a step further to get them digitized, so you can enjoy listening to them in the car again and save space since they will no longer need to be physically kept.

I am proud of how much we have been able to and continue to make an impact on our clients’ lives. We see systems that we put in place, save time and bring clarity to our clients. How the space around you looks is in a way a reflection of what is going on in your head. Many times, clients discover and learn things about themselves in the process of organizing. It is so rewarding to see our clients transform their space and in turn their mind.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like San Diego is a great city for my business. Not only are my ideal clients located here, the entrepreneur scene here is strong and endless. Meeting other business owners who are in the same stage or ahead of you in their business is invaluable. There are many opportunities to network and learn how to grow your business here.

The only caution I see of starting a business in our city has to do with the laws, taxes and regulations you have to make sure to abide by. You must be aware of it. It can be daunting and expensive to own a business here in those terms.

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