A look at a small-business owner with an unusual occupation.
After Nadene Joy Hagen had her son a few years ago, she decided to turn her growing interest in feng shui into a home business.
She is the owner of Regina-based Home and Land Feng Shui, where consultations start from $85 and can include anything from working on children's bedrooms to help them sleep to working on commercial buildings to make them more profitable.
IN HER OWN WORDS
I was a scientist, a geologist, before I became a feng shui consultant, so I have that connection to the earth and the land.
I started after my little guy was born – he wasn't sleeping well.
The more information I read about feng shui, the more interested I became. I figured, why not give it a try? Within two nights, he was sleeping through the night. That was my first testimonial.
I got certified in 2009 and have been practising ever since.
Feng shui isn't a philosophy, religion or superstition. It's the study of energy. It's basically about how energy affects people's lives, homes, offices.
There's not one typical customer.
Residential clients often want their homes feng shuied; then there are people who have illnesses and want more balance, or people who say they're stuck in their life and want to make changes. It's absolutely endless what you can feng shui – commercial properties, airplanes, cars.
I'll give you a business example – a man who was just starting a business and didn't have many customers. Things weren't going well. He just needed some guidance and some balance in his life.
So I went in and feng shuied his office. I created positive intentions, which is huge.
Usually it takes about 30 days for people to know there's a significant difference in their lives. This client contacted me and said, "What did you do?" He got calls from people as far away as China wanting to use his services. It just blew him away.
I don't know of any other consultants in Regina, and the response to me here has been phenomenal.
It's all been through word of mouth, I haven't had to advertise at all.