Counting Sofas Made Easy
COUNTING SOFAS MADE EASY
How Stageforce Is Changing How Home Stagers Do Inventory
Once upon a time, there was an American Home Staging company with about 45 houses up, another 10 on the board for staging within a week, and 8 de-stages queueing up.
Did they have enough accessories? Would there be enough sofas for the upcoming staging projects? One thing was certain: they knew they could not continue to grow the company and effectively train and manage designers and crew without having a comprehensive inventory management system.
The company was the California-based Transformed to Sell, owned by no-one else than Tori Prince.
Tori began looking for an inventory software in late 2015, but the options were not dynamic and flexible enough for the fast pace of staging.
At that point, she decided to create her own. She worked with a Boulder based development team and created an original test version in mid 2016, and Stageforce was born.
The software was implemented in Tori’s staging company, continuing to finesse the software during an alpha test throughout 2017. They took on two Beta clients in mid 2017 and developed user guides, best practices and procedures before publicly launching on the 1st December 2017.
Before Stageforce, Transformed to Sell didn’t have any inventory control other than what existed in Tori’s mind which she refers to as “the great staging brain”. She tried all of the conventional methods including photos, lists, tally methods, and more.
She quickly found they weren’t worth her time. If a client wanted to purchase everything in a house it took her a full day to get the list and pricing done, and then they would often decline so she was discouraged to use that opportunity as a revenue stream. Now, it takes her one click to see a list of items staged at a home with the prices already calculated.
Stageforce software comes pre-loaded and ready to use for home stagers, like yourself. 100% cloud based safe and secure. The software's large product photos travel through the workflow of staging until in the end you have a complete history of each item, each house, each warehouse.
The software hasn’t been on the market for too long, but the company’s seen immediate reception within the home staging world. Large and small companies are implementing Stageforce. The larger staging companies often say they wish they would have had Stageforce when they first started, and Tori and her team are extremely proud of the rapid growth.
Stageforce went international in their first month, with accounts in Australia, England, and Canada as well as the United States. They have received enquiries from Africa and are planning to visit all of their international clients very soon.
According to the Stageforce’s Support Team, one of the best features of the software is the use of RFID technology. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This ability is what lets Stageforce be touchless, accurate, and time-saving.
The software connects with a bluetooth reader to “sweep” a home, detecting products from up to 20ft away and giving you a highly accurate inventory in 10 minutes or less.
Another impressive feature is choosing the products for each job from the comfort of “anywhere”. The large photos and rollover details of your inventory make it easy to pull a house together and to check up on the other designers work for training purposes. The “Move and Manage” feature allows you to move any items to any other location easily online.
Their moto is “Your success is our success”. Stageforce’s superior support is one of their most talked about features, with a team that is always quick and eager to assist all home stagers.
When signing on with Stageforce, stagers receive access to comprehensive guides and videos, two free one hour training sessions, and access to a live Facebook group where they can post questions or discussions, learn from and share with from other Stageforce admins and users!
The team says that “managing your inventory and having data available for your business and your workflow is absolutely crucial to being successful in the staging business. Inventory is a stager’s biggest investment, so operating in the dark without knowing what items are where, costs, profitability, or ROI is taking an unnecessary risk with your business”.
She adds: “sometimes you get a little caught up in running a successful business and forget why you am doing staging to begin with. Do you need to earn an income? Yes, but the truth is that staging really helps people in time of need. You get to be on the team to walk them through this physically exhausting and emotionally stressful life transition. When you pay more attention to the clients, your business success is eminent.”
To learn more about Stageforce, please visit their website: www.thestagency.com