Business Startup

Start your own business!

If you have considered becoming a senior move manager™ and estate dispersal guru, but don’t know where to begin, Smooth Transitions® might just have the answer. We can help jumpstart your success. Learn from our mistakes without making the same ones yourself.

There are several options:

You can become a licensee. It would allow you to use the Smooth Transitions® name, logo, artwork, be included on the Website, phone consultation, referrals, team building with the other licensees, discounts on the moving for Seniors wordbook, referrals and more.

Smooth Transitions® is NOT a franchise. It is a license program, which is less expensive and less complicated than a franchise. Each Smooth Transitions is locally owned and operated with ongoing support.

The fee can be paid half down with monthly payments for a year. Your only additional startup expenses would be for insurance, and printing costs. This is assuming you have the basic computer/internet connections, phone and general office setup.

The training is personalized to your greatest needs and covers the basic business setup. What to say and do on that first phone call, home visit, and operationally on how to do the job are covered. You will learn what resources you need to make your business stronger, startup quicker as well as help with marketing and advertising.

If you have already established a name/logo you wish to use, you can purchase the Training & Operations Manual alone or with personal instruction.

Providing services for seniors and their adult children can be a very rewarding, more of a ‘mission’ than just a job. With the ever increasing senior population and the adult children in different cities and/or with full plates of their own, having someone to handle the multitude of details that a move mrqures can do is a welcomed relief. If you have patience, organizational skills and the ability to multi-task, then Smooth Transitions® might just the business for you.

For more information, email or call Barbara Morris 502-897-9332.

Click here for a License and Training Application

I am evidence of how valuable the ST network is – starting with you and expanding to the “family”. With so many SMMs in my area this is truly the way I can differentiate myself and I love being part of such a supportive team and will reciprocate when I can. This might sound obvious to you, but paying the $5,000 is worth it not only for training & your mentorship, but the connections are paying off for me in multiple ways. With so many SMMs in Seattle that have been doing this for 5-10 years they are entrenched with the senior communities (I’m still trying though) so having the ST network is wonderful.
Eva Doughtery, Smooth Transitions Seattle

This is the most wonderful job I have ever had.

“Barbara Morris knows this business and it shows! Veterans and beginners can learn a lot from her.”
Diane, 10 year veteran move manager

“The new Operations & Training Manual is a great resource! It really spells out and illustrates everything I need to have and do to launch and grow Smooth Transitions in Idaho.”
Jill Jurvalin

“To be a senior move manager, ideally you have to love working with seniors and have a true passion for helping them. I LOVE what I’m doing and see a real need for the service. I also did my due diligence when deciding on training. I chose Barbara because I liked her philosophy and her willingness to help her trainees, plus I thought she was very professional. I went for training in June of 2004 and had my first client 10 days later. From her training, my first client thought I was very professional and knew what I was doing. I learned that from Barbara. Also, throughout my 2 years if ever I had any concerns or questions, I never felt awkward speaking with her and she was always open to helping me.”
Michele Innenberg
Smooth Transitions Cleveland LLC

“I am more than happy to recommend Barbara Morris of Smooth Transitions for training. If you are starting a move management company, there is no better source of information or personalized training. Barbara has a special understanding of the population we serve, as well as a particular talent for marketing. While it is my pleasure to answer questions of general information, your “how-to” questions will be answered during training with Barbara. She will provide insights regarding our target market and show you the ways to reach that market.

You will be prepared for interactions with clients, facilities and vendors as soon as you’ve had training. Nonetheless, your support won’t end there–Barbara has set up a very nice email support group, and sends out information to us regularly.”
Kim McComas, President
Stress Free Moves, LLC

“I am writing to tell you my experience with using the Smooth Transitions training manual. I at first had reservations because I am a interior designer and have moved millions of dollars of furniture and worked with second home owners in Aspen. So I thought I could pass. But I always knew it would be a good thing to do. I like the fact that it created creditability and when I handed over my certificate to several of my contacts at the places I have visited (retirement homes) they were all really pleased because I help them solve the problem of moving someone in and then the certificate also gives them another tool and once again creditability.

Then I can not tell you how helpful Barbara’s forms were and easy and “though” it made my business by having all the examples already done and not having to create them. I love being “very” organized and now I feel like nothing is missing. I think it it totally worth it and highly recommend the training.”
Shannon, MT

“I am getting organized now and have able to read the Training Manual, which by the way I find it to be an excellent self explanatory guide for whom ever wants to start a Senior Move Manager Business. I am very please to have made the decision to purchase it.”

“Begining the Manual, a self explanatory guide gave me the chance to read it from beginning to end without having too many questions for you. However, I did make some notes and do have a few questions which will probably turn into more questions once my business is up and running.
Gabriela, Alberta, Canada”

Q & A from someone researching the move management business:

“Barbara Morris at Smooth Transitions gave me your name.  I am in the process of developing a moving management business. I initially considered a franchise and decided against doing that. I found Barbara Morris on the web and bought her consumer book and I liked that a lot.  I have been considering buying her Training Manual. She gave me your name to contact about your perspective on the Training Manual and her training program in general.   I hope you will take a few minutes to share your thoughts with me.”

“Tom and I attended Barb’s training late last year, and it was just what we needed to jump start our move management business.  Like you, we considered a franchise, but we both have a lot of business experience and used Barb’s training to teach us THIS business, without the need to pay residuals.  I cannot recommend her highly enough. See my answers to your questions below.”
Patricia Bowen, Partner, Get Ready for Tomorrow

Did you think the Manual was helpful?
Since we used the manual to take notes in during our training I can’t speak to how it would stand alone, and even then I don’t know what your business experience is so I can only say I refer to it often.

Did using it help you to move faster on marketing and obtaining your first client?
We used the manual, and the training, and Barb was there for us on the phone and via email for questions and encouragement.

Is the information provided in the manual appreciably different than that in the workbook?
Even though we are “young” in this business, I can tell you it has many nuances that cannot be conveyed in a manual.  Again, I don’t know your background, and if you’ve worked with seniors for a while you may already know the little things that make a difference, and the things that if you don’t know can break you.  Barb took us to auctions, to jobs she was working on, to a senior community, all with detailed explanations of how she does things and encouraging questions and comments.

Would you buy it again?
We would buy the training again in a heartbeat.  It has already more than paid for itself in a few months.

What was most helpful?
How-to discussions that went on and on. Establishing priorities.  Ins and outs of the business, many, many. There is nothing like sitting down with someone who has been doing this for over ten years, and who is willing to share all she knows.

What disappointed you?
Not a thing.

Just one final note: this “industry” is catching on, and if you’re really serious about being a competitive player in your market, get the training. I don’t care how good the manual might be, it’s the stories and the support that you’ll remember as you’re in the trenches.  Invest in yourself and your business.