Welcome to What’s Your Staging Story – a series of installments where we feature IAHSP Members and their stories of how they got into Staging, how their business journey has evolved and advice for others in the industry or those thinking about becoming a Home Stager! We are so happy to receive Virginia’s information – and to learn about her background and business growth to date! Thank you, Virginia, for sharing with us!!
Name: Virginia Youngblood
Business name: DO-STAGE! LLC
How long have you been in business: 5 and half years – ASP® stager – March 2012 & ASPM® – April 2016
What did you do before getting into the staging industry? I worked as an organizer for a few years and my business was called Lighten Up of NC. Before that I was a homeschool teacher for our son during his kindergarten through 9th grades, and also a homemaker. Before staying home, I was a teacher for 17 years in both private and public schools.
What made you decide to start a staging business? I’ve always enjoyed rearranging furniture, redesigning and helping family and friends with their décor. It was time! I was an empty nester mom and people kept encouraging me by saying, “Virginia, you have such an eye for furniture placement, you ought to be a stager!” So one afternoon, I started looking on line and found stagedhomes.com . . . the rest is history!
What has been one of the biggest challenges for your success? Overcoming my fear.
What has been one of the best aspects of having your own business? Serving all of the dear families that I would never have met otherwise
What is your top tip or piece of advice for someone looking at getting into this industry? Believe in yourself and if it’s truly what God has placed on and in your heart to do then GO FOR IT . . . and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!
Thank you for sharing Your Story with us, Virginia! You have accomplished so much in a short time in this industry. We know you put your heart into your business and your clients must really love you! And I agree – once you find your passion, never give up on your dream!! – Jennie
Do you have a story you would like to share? Please email the answers to the questions above to Jennie@iahsp.com along with your headshot and company logo.