Testimonials

What successful entrepreneurs are saying about Better, Smarter, Richer

What a great self esteem boost taking your class was for me. My business is amazing and such a gift. I’m the best boss I’ve ever had, make more money than I did for other people, and have happy recurring clients. 

— Jen Wick, Owner
Jen Wick Studio

BSR was a tremendous help to me in marketing to the right people by raising to my attention that I was developing a deep and narrow niche, but wasn’t thinking about it quite like that. Upon shifting my thinking I was able to hone in so much more specifically on what connects all my customers together. This helped me tailor the subtleties of my approach and product to their particular tastes. BSR also helped me gain clarity in my personal financial world by providing a road map, a realistic tool to discover how much money my business needed to generate to support both itself and my own life’s goals.

— Erik Swenson, Artist/Owner
Erik Swenson Woodworks

I want to let all of the creative folks who want to start their own business like myself…do yourself a favor and sign up for Jackie’s Better Smarter Richer class. I came away with more confidence in myself and the ability to make my dream of making a living doing something I love, come true! I also have my fellow classmates as a support network to continually bounce ideas off.

— Tracy Hennessy

When I first met Jackie in September at the Hello Etsy conference in Portland, I was a mess.

I was considering selling my jackets online made from Pendleton wool remnants. This was in addition to my graphic design freelance gig, my retail part-time job, my freelance home decor sewing job. Somehow I was also going to get my Alexander technique practice going in Portland as well. Plus I would miraculously find time to do my own website(s)!

Needless to say when I heard Jackie’s message about focus, it grabbed my attention.

I knew I had to do something. That evening I sat quietly and came back to what I had been thinking about for over a year…focusing my Alexander Technique skills on horseback riders. I knew the die was cast. How would I make a real living at this? And market myself in an authentic way?

That’s where the Better Smarter Richer study group came in. Jackie’s openness, mama bear-style loving accountability, and help to crystalize my purpose were like motivation rocket fuel. The group was amazing. We learned from each other and celebrated our breakthroughs. One of the most powerful things about the group for me are the periodic “booster shots” we have to check in and monitor our progress.

I am now on track to open my practice next month at an amazing wellness center. I’m getting my branding and website in place (done by professionals) so I can get out there and meet my potential clients in the most credible way possible.

I feel that by focusing on the endless possibilities in my “deep and narrow niche”, I will be more successful than I ever imagined!

— Emily Clark

BSR introduced me to a new way of thinking that enhanced my business. My confidence soared after taking Jackie Babicky’s Class, reading and working with the group to complete the exercises in her book, and participating in the Booster Shot networking meetings where other solopreneurs get together to network and share experiences. Better, Smarter, Richer–both the book and the class, were the best investment to date I’ve made in and for my business! Jackie is a stellar mentor for any solopreneur whether already in business or just thinking about it.

— Linda Ross Swanson
Linda Ross Swanson, M.A., C.T.
LRS Pastoral Care, LLC
503.267.7550
www.LindaRossSwanson.com
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Jackie and her program have helped my coaching practice tremendously. She really beats her drum of creating a narrow niche and it has paid off. I see the results in my business and the businesses of others that have taken her approach to heart. By focusing on my niche, it allows me to see what opportunities are available and to ignore other side projects that might take me off course.

— Kirsten Meneghello, JD, ACC
Career Transition Coach
Illumination Coaching LLC
www.illuminationcoaching.com

The principles in Better Smarter Richer, changed my small business when absolutely nothing else worked. It helped me refine our specific service offerings, raise our prices, define our perfect client and market effectively. I now have a 92% conversion rate when I walk into someone’s house to sell them cleaning services!

— Amy Boggs, Owner
Sparkling Palaces
www.SparklingPalaces.com

Jackie’s Better Smarter Richer workshop message is loud and clear: specialize in what you are good at and have a passion for. Jackie is an excellent teacher/coach and her no-nonsense attitude that is liberating. She clearly wants her students to succeed and her book and feed-back helps you determine how to get there. To discuss her theories in a group was ideal because we all learned from each other’s stories and struggles. Jackie’s book, class and her guidance have influenced my business philosophy and am better, smarter, richer for it.

— Pauline Zonneveld
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http://paulinephotography.com

We have worked for years with solo entrepreneurs and creatives and this is the best tool I have found that speaks to the needs of this unique group of business owners. We plan to use this tool as a training guide for our counselors. The checklists are particularly helpful to our clients!

 — Mary Merrill, SBDC Regional Director
Small Business Development Center
The Dalles, Oregon

We feel the Better, Smarter, Richer program addresses the need for a structured business model that is sorely needed in the education and success of an Alexander Technique Teacher.  The overwhelming message we received during conference calls and through other networking avenues was the lack of clear direction with regards tot marketing, new technology, and an overall business plan.  Many teachers graduate full of enthusiasm and with confidence in their skills only to find themselves deflated and disillusioned after realizing they have no real ‘game plan’ for running their Alexander Technique business.  First-hand experience of the Better, Smarter, Richer program has convinced Fay of the efficacy of Jackie B. Peterson’s work.  This educational tool will provide a critically important addition to a teacher’s 3-year foundational Alexander Technique training.

 — Fay Putnam, Continuing Education Committee Co-Chair
American Society for the Alexander Technique

Jackie was a great fit for our community of artists and craftspeople! She had a solid, heartfelt  understanding of the realities of our artisan businesses, and her insights inspired confidence and pride in the work. Her presentation was engaging and upbeat, and we hope to have her back for more sometime soon.

David Dickinson, Daystall and Craft Program Manager
Pike Place Market

Jackie and the tools of Better, Smarter, Richer have empowered me to change the way I think of myself; I wanted to make a living doing what I love to do, but was terrified by the idea of being a “business owner.” Jackie has shown me that I am capable of creating the life I imagine. Thank you so much!

 Claire Wilde
At Home Everywhere Doula Services

 

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