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"What I wish most for my children is happiness and health. Beyond that, I hope they learn sooner than I did that success is not about how much money is in the bank. What really counts is having positive, rewarding relationships and making the most of your God-given talents."

Laura Holgate, Portland, OR

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Laura Holgate
EP: Laura Holgate
  • Mom to 3 children, ages 9 - 16
  • Partner to Michael Holgate, a "Bun Boy" (sales & delivery of specialty baked goods)
Contact Info:
Laura Holgate
The ORDER of Things
P O Box 33705
Portland, OR 97292
Phone: (503) 258-1030
EP Title(s):
  • Professional Organizer
Previous Career:
  • Escrow Officer
  • Legal Assistant
Work Hours/Week: 30+
Years : 6 months
Profile Date: 5/00
Home Career Highlights

The ORDER of Things

Home Biz: The ORDER of Things is a"Hands-On" organizing service combined with a "Personal Trainer" approach that provides you with the tools you need to maintain the results and stay organized for life! Specialties include residential, home-office/small business, and move-management.
Top Products/Services:
  • Consulting and "Hands On" Organizational Service
  • Booklet: "Quick Start Guide to Organizing your Home"
  • Binder-style booklet: "A-Z Organizing Tips"
  • "ORDER it Done" Organizing Box
Primary Market: Busy moms, SOHO business owners, People downsizing or relocating
Mission Statement: To help my clients reach their goals by getting clutter and disorganization out of the way.
Home Career Goals: I am currently looking for a local networking/leads support group or individual referral partnerships with other SOHO business owners that target the same customers with different services. My organizing specialties include residential, home office/small business, and move-management, so I am pursuing networking relationships with the following types of businesses: cleaning services and daycare providers (for residential organizing customers); consultants and others who work with SOHO businesses (for home office, small business organizing); realtors and nursing home owners (for move-management services).
Home Career Advice: If you are "bootstrapping" or your family depends on your income for the basic necessities, consider working as a "temp" as an intermediate step. When I left my full-time job to start my business, I signed on with a temporary employment agency so that I had a source of income to put into my business and to pay my bills, yet had the flexibility I needed to build my business. Gradually, you'll be able to work less and less for the temp agency and more and more for yourself, until that happy day when your business is self-sufficient and profitable enough to meet your family's needs.

An added bonus: as a temp you'll meet many new people each week, providing several opportunities for networking and promoting your business.


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Mention the EP Profiles and receive a FREE booklet: "Quick Start Guide to Organizing Your Home." Just send an email to Laura at with the subject heading "EP Profiles" and your preferred contact info, and Laura will be in touch soon!

A Voice of Experience

EP Motivating Force:
I started a home-based business so I could work a career around my family -- NOT the other way around. I can arrange my schedule and client appointments to fit the kids' many activities, and am an active participant in their daily lives.
EP Musings:
More than just traits, I think I am passing on a positive value system through my home career. My children see me embrace my role as a parent, so they value parenting as a meaningful job in life. They are also learning the importance of balancing risk against responsibility, learning to weigh material "wish-lists" against the lifestyle trade-offs needed to get them, and they are learning that a resourceful person can do just about anything. Pretty good lessons, I think!
EP Advice:
Involve your kids, or at the very least, show them what you are doing. Chances are they will be impressed by your venture, which will translate into more respect for your work area, and uninterrupted work time when needed. My daughter was amazed when I showed her some of my promotional materials. "You're really the boss?" she asked, with a huge smile on her face. Since then she's been one of my best supporters, telling teachers, coaches, and friends' parents what I'm doing.

More & Misc.

Keywords: Professional Organizer, Organizing, Time Management, Downsizing, Office Organization
Favorite Quote:
"Today is a gift, that's why they call it The Present"

- Anonymous

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