Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur was originally released in 2001. In it, Jane Pollak shared her story and the lessons she learned as a creative entrepreneur for the last thirty years – from remote crafts fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC's Today Show. Since that pivotal year Jane has continued providing inspirational, yet practical, lessons with creative professionals through coaching, speaking and her newest passion – blogging.
Jane decided to re-release Soul Proprietor in 2010 with updated lessons on
- Catching the curve balls and pursuing your dream (even during an economic downturn)
- Controlling systems, gadgets, and gizmos (before they control you)
- Feeding your golden goose (because self-care impacts your bottom line)
Jane, and the remarkable women she coaches, are living proof that you can turn a passion into a thriving business.
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About the Author
With a Masters from Columbia University Teachers College, Jane taught high school for a short time. What started as a school project became a passion for pysanky – the Ukrainian word for “eggs which have been written on.” Jane’s artistic flair and attention to even the smallest detail allowed her to perfect her craft. However, there were times when the challenges of part-time entrepreneurship, while raising a family of three children in suburban Connecticut, required real tenacity and perseverance.
Jane's story is an odyssey that led her from remote crafts fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC's Today Show. National publications started featuring Jane’s artwork as early as 1985, when her patchwork quilt eggs appeared in Country Living Magazine. Since then, she has been written up by The New York Times and other prominent publications.
Once her youngest was off to school, Jane focused on developing her business while listening to motivational and business advice from the likes of Roger Dawson, Wayne Dyer and Brian Tracy. Her passion gradually shifted to coaching other creative professionals and helping them achieve greater success. In addition to being a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, she offers a unique vantage point because of her success in transforming her art into a profitable business.
The lessons Jane learned along the way led her to share her story and give advice to struggling entrepreneurs, traveling the country (and beyond). Jane joined the National Speakers Association in 1997, and published her book, “Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur” in 2001, which offers practical advice on business, marketing and goal setting. The Small Business Administration named Jane the 2002 Home-Based Business Advocate for all of New England.
Jane continues sharing inspirational, yet practical, lessons with creative professionals. In addition to coaching, speaking and blogging, she hosts Remarkable Women events to give women networking opportunities to encourage and motivate each other.