We had the good fortune of connecting with Eryn Donaldson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eryn, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea behind my business actually came from my dad! I have always been a pretty organized person but I had no idea that this could actually be a profession! I knew that I wanted to work for myself but I just did not know what that would look like. I tried many odd jobs here and there but I was not happy. One day, I helped my dad organize and declutter the garage. Every year prior to this, he would try to organize it but it just wasn’t exactly how he wanted it. So, I decided to step in and completely take over! We worked for several days to get it finished. At the end of this project, he was so impressed and mentioned that I could start a small business doing this. We took a few photos but that was that I didn’t realize that he was showing my photos to his friends and clients, but he was! He told a family friend that I could help her pack and organize her kitchen. That was my first client! After that, I quit my “day job”, and started to do this full time! I sent photos to friends and posted in social media. At this time, home organization was not well known so there was a bit of negativity from outsiders but my dad was SO incredibly supportive and knew this could really be a successful business. With his knowledge of entrepreneurship and guidance, we created The Model Home!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, I have been in business for a few years now and it has been a blast! Our teams are growing and so are our opportunities. Just this past year, I have had the opportunity to work with several amazing brands, features in publications and several celebrities and wonderful clients. While, in my mind, it has been a ton of fun and pretty easy to grow, I think most people would disagree. I enjoy the challenges and just look at it as fun obstacles to tackle. I have had projects with tight deadlines where I organized for over 27 hours straight, many sleepless nights improving the business on the backend, and it’s all great fun for me. Creating and running a business is an amazing opportunity so I just look at everything with a whole lot of gratitude!
While home organization services can be viewed at as a luxury service, The Model Home has a very relatable and small town feel. As soon as we have that initial phone conversation or step in the home, clients tend to feel comfortable and not super intimidated by having us there! I want to always maintain that feel for clients and excellent customer service.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh gosh! I think that because I am only in LA part time, I am still learning and exploring this fantastic city! I love going to Santa Monica pier and beach, so I would definitely take friends there. We would probably relax at the beach, maybe play some games at the pier and of course grab some food at Trejos Tacos! The weather in LA is so amazing that we would have to spend as much time enjoying the sun as possible!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course I would have to say my dad! He taught me everything from running a business, hardwork, positivity, and really kept me going! I am so incredibly lucky to have a dad that was able to teach me so much and was truly supportive in all of my efforts. I would tell him details about every job, ask for guidance on how to handle tough situations, and brainstorm future ideas!