We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Barnett and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chelsea, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The most important decision I made was to invest in myself. Not only for my business financially but also mentally, spiritually, and physically for myself. When I was first deciding to become an entrepreneur, I weighed the risks and created a plan that would put me in the most “risk-free” situation as possible, by the time I made that switch. This kept my expectations realistic. Accepting the fact that there was no perfect time or amount of resources that would make me feel as comfortable as I wanted to be. I was okay with taking the risk because I was aware of them and weighed all odds. Investing in myself was the biggest priority because without the owner, there’s no business. Like in all situations in life, being clear of uncertainty or fear and accepting the unknown will allow you to be open to opportunities presented to you. That is how my business has grown and sustained itself over the past 3 years. I took all of the time necessary to invest in myself, thus investing in my business.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets apart OYA from other traditional professional service companies, is the connectivity and relationship that is built with clients. Being “all in someone’s personal business” can be very intimate. I also spend a lot of hours with my clients so there’s a lot of time for me to get to know my clients and vice versa. I’m most proud of the feedback that I get from my clients and the messages 3 months later after they have been able to maintain and understand how to maintain their space. Some lessons that I have learned along the way are to customize my organization plans for my clients, source preferred organizing tools at an affordable rate and hire help and supporting services when needed.
OYA Organizes was developed by 2019 not manufactured. Being organized is a way of life and something that everyone should have, it provides peace-of-mind. My first client was totally elated when he walked into his newly organized apartment, in downtown Chicago. He reminded me for days following that, how relaxed and happy he was. This is what officially launched my company. And leading up to this time, I organized for friends and family free of charge. Organizing this busy lawyer and student in 2019, gave me a real understanding for what the job would take and my true gift for organizing. I find organizing other people’s spaces therapeutic. I enjoy my craft and serving people. My story as a business owner has been long coming, but I knew this was where I would end up and what my goal was. Now it’s time for that to flourish.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have created many relationships with home owners all over the country and local company owners in Columbus, OH. I thank and appreciate them all for understanding my niche and hiring me for organizing services. I am appreciative for Warhol & WALL St., The Lincoln Theater and Leap of Faith Dance Studio. My industry is very unique, so a client that is open to having this service, is refreshing for both the client and myself. The best part is that all business has come from word of mouth and social media. No paid marketing yet. This says a lot about the OYA service!

Website: oyaorganizes.com

Instagram: @oyaorganizes

Facebook: @oyaorganizes

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutAtlanta is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.