A feng shui consultant often gets started in his or her feng shui career by applying feng shui to their own homes. It’s what got me interested in feng shui — I needed to sell my house that was for sale and just sitting on the market for months. When I implemented feng shui changes and my house sold within a few days, I was dumbstruck.
So, I tried it for another problem, and feng shui worked again.
Fast forward another nine years and many feng shui applications later, my corporate career was going great but was burning me out, so I thought that would be the time to take the leap as a feng shui consultant.
That was twenty years ago now, but it’s brought me opportunities working as a consultant I would never have had otherwise, like creating my own feng shui jewelry line for Home Shopping Network, publishing and nationally syndicating my DIY column, Living Space, through the Chicago Tribune newspaper syndication service, travel to far-flung destinations, open a feng shui boutique, train consultants and work with some prestigious architectural firms and well-heeled clients.
Working as a feng shui consultant has given me the chance to create my own career, raise my son, and take care of my home while my husband was busy and traveling for his job. Being able to be there for my family and their needs was a priority for me, and this let me build something on my own in addition to keeping our family going and strengthening our home life.
But, what’s it actually like working as a feng shui consultant?
The day to day is pretty much like any other business. There’s routine work that has to be done such as answering emails, calls and paying bills, ordering supplies, and fixing computer and technology issues. What’s different is the chance to talk to people all over the globe because of my online newsletter, The Red Lotus Letter, and my podcast 5 Minute Feng Shui, that I started in 2018.
In fact, that’s what got my business going.
Working as a feng shui consultant, or any business for that matter, means people need to know you are out there and that you are available to work with and help them with their home’s feng shui. That takes marketing.
The easiest way to get started is with a website and it’s vital that anyone in any business has one. What’s the first thing anyone does these days when they’re looking for any kind of service or professional? They Google it.
To work as a feng shui consultant, I knew I had to have a website so people would know I was available and that they could find me online.
I used a website-building service that helped me create Redlotusletter.com. I dedicated a week to create it and once I flipped the switch and my website was live, I got a call within two days from a client for a large property. My website worked quickly!
Then I started my feng shui newsletter, The Red Lotus Letter.
After that, clients came to me.
Today I work with clients of all sizes and all over the world. Some are corporations, architects, businesses and many are homeowners. I’ve worked on everything from small homes and apartments to manufactured homes to manufacturing sites, resorts, and office buildings.
My bread and butter client? It’s homeowners every time.
I love to help homeowners find the best home, a better arrangement for their home, or select a building site that can bring them their best options for creating their most effective and supportive home.
It’s so exciting when a client’s payment comes in because I never know where the client will come from.
My clients are from all over the world including Europe, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, South Africa, and of course, the US, and for houses both modest and large.
Their problems, like their homes, have ranged in scope and complexity.
In the course of my consultation career, I’ve been asked about how to handle difficult love relationships, a major illness like cancer to mystery illnesses, infidelity, career problems, and money issues. There have also been homes where the family members battled with mental illness, addictions, or homes where there was a suicide.
You have to be ready for anything.
Working as a feng shui consultant means being an understanding, non-judgmental, and patient person. After all, they’re confiding in you and asking for help, so keeping confidences and trust is a must.
Occasionally, you have to deliver some bad news, like you can’t fix a problem if the client is unwilling to make a change or if their home’s feng shui is too difficult to overcome, like a geodesic dome, or placed next to a dump (yes, I have seen that).
However, the majority of the time, you’re working to find ways you can help someone’s home support their’s and their family’s goals and ambitions, the part of the job that I just love.
I often look at the client’s home and assess its energies as it is now, and as it will affect them with time feng shui factored in such as when good fortune will arrive at their door or when an affliction might occur that could cause serious illness or accident. I love feng shui’s “predictive” abilities and I can give my clients an energetic heads-up of what’s headed their way, like when a fortune star comes to visit!
The most frequent reason clients give me for scheduling their consultation?
They simply want good feng shui – the kind that supports their family, their relationships, health, and financial security.
In short, they just want a good home that helps them create a great life.
And that’s my job. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.