Solo Business Stories: Quoin Design was trying to find its footing. Then they worked with Jackie and made discoveries.

Quoin Design was trying to figure out what its brand was.  Jackie helped narrow that down. Name of Business: Quoin Design, owned by Joshua and Qiana Rickabaugh Rich.  Name meaning: “It is an architecture term for corner,” according to Joshua.  “It is also hard ware that holds letters in place in typesetting.  And, it is close 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 …

A Tip from Jackie
Money is Just a Tool

There is so much hype and talk and emotion around money in our society that sometimes it is hard to remember that money is a tool. It is energy in a form that can be exchanged for value between disparate items. For example, I can exchange my consulting energy for your sewing energy. Also it 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: 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 Tip from Jackie: The Importance of Passion–Finding Your Sweet Spot

Why does passion matter? When you have worked for a long time in some work that is simply a job, you lose something. You lose your zest for experimentation. You lose your willingness to stick to it to see the last detail tied up. You lose your interest in experimenting or learning new techniques or 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 …

“Diversify Your Risk and Income with a Portfolio Career” by guest blogger Laura Schlafly

This article originally appeared on the Mac’s List Blog of July 3, 2013. More people are patching together a livelihood from a variety of sources. Job security no longer comes from an employer, but from your marketable and transferrable skills. They’re creating their own portfolio career, which, according to Penelope Trunk, is: “Not the same Read More …

But What If I Need Money Now?

I believe mission creep comes from two sources:  a fear that the work you want is not attainable and more importantly a fear that there will never be enough money if you follow your dream.  Mission creep can also happen because of a fear that if you don’t take the first thing that comes along, Read More …

I’m a Creative Entrepreneur, How Do I Start a Cash Flow Plan?

  Last week I answered some very tough questions on our Cash Flow call.  The call was a huge success and we had many people on the call, we’ll do another one soon!   One of the biggest problems that solo and creative entrepreneurs have is they just don’t know where their money goes.  They Read More …