Solo Business Stories: Why David Kavanaugh’s vision is important for musicians

David Kavanaugh saw a need in the music community.  He found an innovative way to do this with the Musicians’ Club of Oregon. Name of Business: Musicians’ Club of Oregon The Path that Led to the Business Formation: Where could musicians go to meet other musicians?  Where could they practice in a dress rehearsalp-like setting?  If Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Anne Hudson works home remodeling small business magic as the Sourceress

Encore entrepreneur inspiration comes to home interior designer Anne Hudson, age 70, with her home remodeling small business. What the business does:  Anne’s specialty is Sourcing interior materials such as furnishings and fixtures for remodeling projects. Design, beauty, and a keen eye for aesthetics and design have been an integral part of Anne Hudson’s careers.  Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Inspiration: Independent Financial Professional Luna Jaffe

Financial planning and money coaching as a small business Luna Jaffe, 55, Lunaria Financial, Ltd. Financial planning, investment management, and money coaching is Luna’s business.  As an independent financial professional, Luna is the award-winning author of Wild Money: a Creative Journey to Financial Wisdom, “the world’s first beautiful book about money.”  Luna writes, “my life’s Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Jim Staicoff’s story

Name of business:  Staicoff Design Company and Paper Paint Press, two businesses uniquely intertwined. What the businesses does:  Staicoff Design Company is an interior design firm focused on the guest experience in hotels and restaurants.  Paper Paint Press is an outlet for Jim’s creative bent and offers “distinctive, high-quality,  art-inspired wall products.” All made in Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Plan Your Cash Flow

“Plan your cash flow.” What do I mean by that? Planning your cash flow means that you have a budget for your personal life and personal expenses, and you have a budget for your business and business expenses. You know how much money you must bring in every month. And you make plans to have Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Find Your Niche

So how do you choose a deep and narrow niche? Your deep and narrow niche should be one that is very interesting and intriguing to you. It should be in your “sweet spot” where the circles in the Venn diagram—passion, talent, and potential revenue—intersect. If you choose to build your niche where you have interest, Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Let’s Talk About Focus

Focus is so critical to your financial success that I have made it #1 of my seven basic principles. I know that creatives are interested in so many things. They are attracted to all the new bright changes and advances. They are immediately thinking about how they can use, incorporate, and adapt the new ideas, Read More …

A Note from Jackie: Do Your Homework!

Well, it finally feels like autumn here in Portland, Oregon: pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu at Starbucks, the leaves are turning red and gold…and the rain is pouring down. But I have to admit that I love this season, rain and all. I get that old “back-to-school” feeling. I think back to Read More …

“Golden Puppy: STOP” by guest blogger Fay Putnam

One of the three principles of the Alexander Technique is inhibition, that is, to STOP! Simple, right? We recognize something is not working and we stop. Slam-Dunk-Done!! I was watching our 22-month-old puppy, Tobey. Mostly, he does not know what stopping or inhibiting means, in any way. He is all forward to go! In one Read More …

“7 Blocks to Living the Creative Life: Part VII” by guest blogger Donn Rochlin

We are thrilled to be featuring a seven-part series of guest posts by coach Donn Rochlin of Living the Creative Life. This is the last installment, but make sure to go back and re-read the previous ones!  All human beings are born with the gift of creativity. It is either developed or lost through lack Read More …