If you have
considered becoming a senior move manager, but don't know where
to begin, Smooth Transitions® might just have the answer.
There are several
options for you to start your own business without the learning
curve required by most ventures.
You can become
a licensee. It would allow you to use the Smooth Transitions®
name, training, logo, artwork, be included on the Website, protected
territory, phone consultation, referrals, discounts on the Moving
for Seniors Workbook. The one time fee is paid half down and
the remainder in monthly installments. The fee is based upon the
size of the territory you wish to protect/serve.
Your only additional
start up expenses would be for insurance and printing costs. This
is assuming you already have the basic computer/internet connections,
phone and general office setup.
If you have
already established a name/logo you wish to use, but want a jumpstart
to the senior moving/household downsizing business you might prefer
to purchase only the training component. This can be done in a couple
of ways: by purchasing the Training & Operations manual alone
or with personal instruction.
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 requires is a welcomed relief. If you have
patience, organizational skills and the ability to multi-task, then
Smooth Transitions® might just be the business for you.
For more information
email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Barbara H. Morris,
President and Founder, (502) 897-9332, or write to 601 Briar Hill
Road, Louisville, KY 40206-3011.
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
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."
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."
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."
"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 managent business:
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. .
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
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.
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.