Business coach and life coach Lori Koop of Sierra Madre, California says people who are creative can learn to run and start a business.
Lori worked with a Big Eight accounting firm as an auditor after college, made a change, and by her mid-30s graduated as valedictorian from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Today, she coaches moms, professionals embarking on a second career, and others who want to explore their gifts.
Mapping a plan, she says, will include personal evaluation and basic business planning.
Keep a Journal
Treat journal as a verb, says Lori, for those running a business or people thinking about starting a business. "We have so much noise in our heads. Writing down your thoughts each morning for five minutes can help you keep tabs about what's going on in your brain."
It's a way of clearing out mental clutter.
Uncover the Obstacles
"I'll ask people 'what's stopping you?' A person may answer, 'I don't have time, money, or know how.' If they have those thoughts it will stop them in their tracks. Rather than say there's no time, set aside 15 minutes a day to work on some specific aspect and you'll find more time becomes available.
Find Clarifying Moments
Lori successfully creates ceramics and in 2012 made a few hundred ceramic mugs for noted business consultant Seth Godin in a recent campaign of his. "I may be doing ceramics now but the root is I love to create, so within my passion is using my hands to create something."
Understanding that, says Lori, can be a preliminary step in starting a business that either matches existing personal talents or matches an area of deep interest.
Lori was mentioned in a LA Times article December 4, 2012 Handmade in L.A.: More gift picks.
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