Taking Home Inventory Up a Notch

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Small Business of the Day: The Inventory Institute

Who: Founder Michelle Ketterman, 44, @expertinventory

What: A membership and certification organization for home inventory professionals

When: 2009

How: Ketterman has worked part-time in the home inventory industry since 1996, and decided to pursue a full-time career in 2008. She sought to align herself with an organization for such professionals and found there was no such group.

"It was born out of a need for legitimacy in the industry," she said. "There was no organization where home inventory professionals could get together, collaborate and have peer-to-peer conversations and support."

Where: Dallas

Biggest lesson learned: "At the end of the day, your reputation is everything," she said. "Your reputation and brand follows you everywhere so you need to be transparent and operate with integrity."

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