No Place Like Home

Feng Shui Consultant, Kartar Diamond

Kartar Diamond

When Kartar Diamond happened upon a Feng Shui book 10 years ago, she couldn't help but be intrigued by the concept of harnessing Chi, the positive life force, in order to maximize the health benefits of living and working spaces. Under the direction of Feng Shui authority Master Larry Sang, Diamond completed her studies before launching her consulting practice, Feng Shui Solutions.

What Diamond found, though, was that consumers weren't necessarily as informed as she was. One of her biggest challenges is educating the public about what exactly Feng Shui is. Says Diamond, "There's a tremendous amount of misinformation about it."

And after she gets the clients, getting to them is another challenge. While she is located in Los Angeles, she often visits the homes and offices of her clients all over Southern California. "What I came to realize [in my first year] was that one of my biggest unexpected expenses was car maintenance and travel," says Diamond.

Diamond, who also teaches Feng Shui classes at the American Feng Shui Institute in Los Angeles, cautions anyone who is interested in practicing Feng Shui to get adequate training. "People get so excited about Feng Shui, they want to do it after they've read a book or two. Or after they've taken only six months of classes," she says. "And you can end up damaging your reputation and causing harm to people if you don't know what you're doing."

Working with an average of seven to 10 clients per week and grossing a six-figure income, Diamond knows what she's doing: harnessing positive energy in her life and business.

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This article was originally published in the September 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: No Place Like Home.

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