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In the years I’ve been consulting and coaching I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of people in a variety of settings – individual and group coaching, workshops, retreats, corporate offices, schools, and more. As I’ve looked back on these experiences one group of clients has emerged as a favorite. 

These are the people who have taken the courageous direction of being a one-person organization. 

  • Some have been freelancers offering their skills and talents in support of other people, businesses and organizations. 
  • Some have been culture creators like artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers and authors. 
  • Some have been other coaches and consultants who bring their insights and knowledge to the fore in helping others reach for their best possibilities. 
  • Still others have taken the real definition of entrepreneurship to heart, coming up with products and services in answer to real world problems in the marketplace. 

One thing I share in common with this group of people is the desire to work primarily alone. You are my tribe.

We enjoy large blocks of quiet time when we can allow our imagination to tour vast landscapes of possibility. We love the time to bring this imagination to the page, the tune, the script, the image, and to the world through whichever media showcases our capabilities. Many of us identify as introverts, although the meanings associated that word have become misunderstood and too vague to really capture what we're about. We simply enjoy making our contributions from a place where we have free and unlimited access to our inner space - a room with a door, a table for one at a coffee shop with earbuds at the ready to let people know we're not available to chat, or on a quiet patio with our laptop, a summer breeze and cold iced tea.

This isn't to say that we're anti-social. In fact we love people and we want to make a positive difference for them. We'll attend networking meetings, but we may be there for two hours and forget to hand out our business cards and flyers, then go home and take a long nap to recover. For some of us social media is a chaotic and upsetting place to be, so when a marketing guru suggests that it's the only way we can reach customers, we fear we may not be able to be in business for long. And working solo often means that we wear all the hats in our business - the conceiver, the visionary, the strategist, the decision maker, the system developer, the producer, the marketer, the seller, the packer, and the shipper, not to mention the accountant and administrator. It can all be a bit overwhelming...OK, more than a totally OVERWHELMING!

I can describe all of these circumstances because they are my own. They are familiar. I left my last full-time salary in 1997 and have been a seat-of-the-pants businessperson ever since. I've had a few part-time jobs along the way that either felt like they were important places for me to be, or that filled in a cash flow gap as I was learning how to build my own business. I started consulting in 1996 when a friend asked me if I'd bring my conflict resolution skills to a retreat he was facilitating to help some corporate executives keep from killing each other as they went through restructuring. This was a strange world for a guitar player from Wyoming to end up in, but I found that I loved the work and the depth of interaction with the people I served. So I sought out mentors and training from some of the best I could find. They encouraged me to consider coaching as my primary skill set because I loved to be engaged in conversations that had a lot of depth and meaning and I had the ability to offer succinct and targeted feedback.

I’ve worked in all four of the roles that my clients tend to be in -  freelancing as an advertising jingle writer and voiceover artist; contributing to the culture as a musician and songwriter; coaching and consulting on topics like career transitions, business startup, marketing, and sales; and as an entrepreneur creating education, training, and support programs for individuals and organizations, as well as running several of my own businesses. This body of experience and the training I’ve received through mentorship programs, professional associations and in the so called trenches has given me a foundation of resources allowing me to quickly identify all the critical facets of a problem or concern, then immediately and effectively respond.

 The most important things that I contribute to my clients are a high level of personal and professional empathy, having been flying solo in my own career for so many years, and a thorough understanding of both the big picture of being a company of one, and the details that can often be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. The perspectives I bring to you are supported by experience. I also believe that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all template that I can prescribe as an easy solution to all your problems. Your career and business are as unique as a fingerprint. I help you envision possibilities, filter out your options and discern your best next steps. There is an adventure at hand.

 The situations where my experience and qualifications make the biggest difference are:

  • ·         People who may have reached a dead end or burnout in their conventional career and are considering the leap into a more self-directed field.
  • ·         People who are confident in their creative talents, skills or ideas but who need help translating that into a sustainable income.
  • ·         People who have been disappointed in the outcome of participating in coaching programs designed for more the socially engaged personality.
  • ·         People who know in their hearts that they are here for a bigger reason than just showing up at a workplace every day but aren’t sure how to bring that purpose forward.
  • ·         Most of all I’m looking for you who work best in solitude with ample access to the inner riches of your own imagination and creativity.

 The situations I am not the best fit for include:

  • ·         People who find reasons not to take action, and make excuses instead of being open to reasonable suggestions and willing to take moderate risks.
  • ·         People who deflect responsibility for their actions and blame other people and circumstances for their situation.
  • ·         People who expect me to do their work for them.
  • ·         People who aren’t willing to be courageous, and experiment in the face of challenges.
  • ·         People who are looking for a guru with a proven system for success. I’m a Jedi, not a guru. Use the Force.
  • ·         People who have no visible sense of humor or who can’t tolerate mine.

 Your results can only be guaranteed if you actually take initiative, discover your gifts, generate your own vision and do the work that needs to be done. If you are ready for that commitment, I’ll be with you every step of the way.

 Most of my training has been through mentorships, apprenticeships and on-the-job experience. I have been certified as a small business consultant by the Larimer Small Business Development Center and the Loveland Business Development Center. I have a bachelor’s degree in music and business that didn’t really prepare me for any of this. The best ways to find out more are to take a look around this website. Listen to some of the podcasts, download some of the freebies, or watch a video or two. And if you really want a first-hand experience, join one of my free calls. You can request notifications of upcoming calls and events in the contact form at the bottom of the page.

 Here are some nice things people are saying:

 “Every solopreneur truly needs a business coach to provide outside perspective, see challenges and opportunities, be cheerleader and celebrate your wins with. Franklin was just that kind of coach for me and helped me grow my business to six figures. He was generous with his time and encouragement, but also gave me tough love and hard truths when I needed it. I credit his insight, expertise in creating online courses and copywriting skills to the growth in my one-on-one coaching and online program over three years. I highly recommend the investment in a business coach, specifically with Franklin, to help you get there so much faster and have a lot more fun building your business.”

 Sari Kimbell, Founder and CEO, Food Business Success

 “As a coach and advisor, Franklin Taggart is as wise as he is supportive. He has a unique ability to see the various sides to any business or career option and to help you discern from discussion which of those directions might be best to pursue. He never dictates your course of action, rather he listens carefully to what motivates you and digs deep to uncover your personal strengths and then offers suggestions for how you might meet your goals based on what he hears. It’s all quite encouraging and empowering. As a solopreneur, most decisions and strategies fall squarely on my shoulders, as does most of the work. It’s been a huge benefit to work with someone who can help steer me in the right direction by offering astute observations and creative solutions to keep me focused on doing my best and most efficient work.”

 Teresa Funke, Author and Publisher of Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life

 “Franklin Taggart has pragmatically changed my professional identity more than anyone else—and in a fraction of the time. His genius is his attention and perception, his art of listening underneath my desires and frustrations to discern my unique service, aligned with my core human values. This clarity of professional self—inextricable, really, from personal self—has streamlined my marketing efforts, from website presentation to social-media presence to product offerings. Franklin is truly a champion of others’ grandest expressions in the world.”

Marj Hahne, Poet, Writer, Editor, Teacher