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BNI Member of the Week
Meet Our Member: Kristy Kasper, Home Stager With Buyers's Eyes
Earlier this year I made the decision to start my own business as a Home Stager. This seemed to connect with me and all of my passions. I love color, design, homes and people!
My only concern was I have never felt like a sales person. After completing a Certification program in Home Staging, I knew in order to get clients I needed to start marketing. I had seen how BNI had helped my husband in his businesses over the last few years and knew that I needed to start networking. The only problem was I am NOT a sales person.
I pushed on and started visiting different BNI groups. There was one particular group that really made me feel welcomed and appreciated. I joined the wonderful chapter of Quality Referrals in Woodbury a few weeks later.
I attended MSP and learned how to be specific in my “ask”. I was nervous to be so bold, but it really works!
After getting to know my chapter members, I started to receive referrals. Their warm introductions to their connections have made it really easy to sit down and talk with potential referral partners. By taking the time to think through commercials, showcase table opportunities and presentations, BNI is helping me to become a much more confident “sales person” and has become a real catalyst for my business’s success.
Along with Home Staging I offer Redesign services for people who aren’t necessarily moving but need help giving their homes a new, fresh look. Or who want their homes to shine when having friends and family over for parties or holiday gatherings. Through BNI I have received referrals to people who have wanted just that. It’s incredibly rewarding when a member shares the positive feedback that they have gotten from a client after they had referred them to me.
One of the coolest things that has happened so far was is when I was following a lead from my website of a homeowner that was interested in having her home staged. When I finished the proposal she started talking about needing some remodeling done. I was able to refer Brad Randall, the remodeling contractor in our group, who in turn was able to refer 3 other members from our chapter for additional work the homeowner needed.
Because of the relationships I’ve built through BNI, I have been able to grow my business and help other business owners that I now know and trust.
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