My first day of redesign/staging training I lit the house on fire!

I was honoured to have been selected as one of the RESA Staging Expert Panel – Meet the Pros speakers. One of the first questions that we were asked was ‘What was your biggest obstacle in starting your business?”

The responses from the other expert staging panel speakers – Kathy Nielsen, Linda Barnett, Michelle Minch, Karen Otto, Annie Pinsker-Brown and Craig Schiller were pretty typical of most home stagers starting out in business i.e. getting ‘me’ out of the way; finding clients; figuring out how to charge what I was worth; deciding when to grow my team, etc.

My first obstacle was a little different. I set the training home on FIRE!!! I have kept this story to myself for years and only share it with my students when something happens that shakes them up. I can tell them – this is nothing compared to what I did.

Listen in to this video from the RESA Convention.

RESA Staging Expert Panel Speaker

So remember, if I can do it you can do it. Only you can live your dream and hey, if a fire didn’t stop me, then I know nothing can stop you!

Colleen McClure
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.