Small Business Development Coaching

Is small business development coaching right for me?

Small business development coaching may be right for you if you are ready to build your heart-centered small business.  I specialize in working with professional women who are in the beginning stages of their business development.  I work especially well with individuals interested in developing a solo private practice practice in counseling, therapy, or other health and healing industries.  I also work well with individuals wanting to learn how to market and sell their artwork. 

How can small business development coaching help me?

Small business development coaching can help you:

  • Clarify a vision & mission for your business
  • Develop a healthy balance between business building activities and your personal life
  • Manage overwhelm and break down the business development process into manageable steps
  • Balance growing your new business while maintaining your regular job
  • Clarify strengths and areas of growth to create a solid foundation for your business

Small business development coaching can also help you:

  • Learn how to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to activities based on how well they are aligned with your business mission
  • Transition from an “employee” to an “entrepreneurial” mindset
  • Create a personalized stress management tool kit

As a multi-passionate entrepreneur and small business owner, I know what’s it’s like to turn a dream into business reality.  Small business development coaching can provide the support you need to build your heart-centered small business while creating a life you love.

How does the small business development coaching process work?

The coaching process is collaborative, goal-directed, and action-oriented.  What this means is that you set the goals for the coaching process.  We will work together to make sure the goals are specific and actionable. Through the coaching process I provide you with support, encouragement, feedback, and accountability as we work together to help you create a life you love.

What role does creativity play in our meetings?

In the coaching relationship I use creativity as a tool for the change process.  As a tool for change, creativity shows up in our conversations.  We will explore ideas together, create unique approaches to problem-solving, & think “outside-of-the-box” to achieve your coaching goals.  If desired, I will also incorporate creative activities during or in-between our meetings. These activities may include journal & art journaling exercises.

Common barriers to success & how coaching can address them

The biggest barriers I’ve found to creating our desired lives are:

  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of organization
  • Lack of knowledge

In order to address these barriers, our work together may include:

  • Clarifying a vision for your life and business
  • Helping you better manage your energy to more effectively manage your time
  • Implementing the use of effective organizational tools & strategies
  • Identifying resources to increase your knowledge and skill-set
  • Providing accountability to help you reach your goals

Because of my absolute belief in my clients’ ability to have the lives they want, I challenge and stretch my clients’ to do the work necessary to get there.

Why choose me as your coach?

I have several years of experience providing individuals with administrative support, as an educator, professional counselor, supervisor, coach, & artist.  As a result, I am a creative and skilled listener.  I am adept at helping my clients increase their insight, connect to their truth, and become aligned with their path and purpose.   I also love to find ways to incorporate humor into the coaching relationship.  I find that this is a great way to balance out the challenges that are a normal part of any change process.

How are coaching appointments conducted?

Coaching sessions are 45-minutes long and can be conducted in-person, by phone, Skype, or FaceTime.  This makes the process of accessing coaching support very convenient.  In-person meetings are held at my office located in Calverton, MD.


Services are billed on a month-to-month basis and prices vary based on session frequency.  We typically meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for our sessions with email support available in-between sessions as-needed. We will work together to determine the right month-to-month package for you. 

**Note Small Business Development Coaching is a professional service and may be qualify as a business expense.  Please speak with your accountant or tax professional for details.

Ready to get started?

In order to get started please schedule your FREE 20-minute consultation call to help me learn more about your goals and how I can help you create a life and business you love.

Additional Informational


I am a Certified Professional Coach through the Grow Training Institute, a National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  I have over fourteen years of combined experience in education, administration, social services, & art.  Ten years of my work experience was spent in non-profit organizations.  I have also been a multi-passionate entrepreneur and small business owner for the past five years.  This along with my work as an artist and professional counselor informs my approach to coaching.

As a Certified Professional Coach I uphold the code of ethics set by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Center for Credentialing & Education Inc. for Board Certified Coaches (BCC).  As a professional counselor I also uphold the code of ethics set by my licensing board and national certification organization.

Coaching vs. Professional Counseling

While there are similarities between coaching and professional counseling, I do not combine these two services.  These are two separate roles and as such, are separate services and conversations.  While both coaching and professional counseling use information about human behavior, motivation, and behavior change; the focus of each role is different.  Professional counseling is focused on mental health and emotional healing.  The coaching relationship focuses on achievement of personal and/or professional goals.  In certain instances I may recommend that you receive counseling support (with another counselor or therapist) as a condition of continuing coaching.

Hold Harmless

In my role as a life, career, and small business development coach, I may make suggestions or offer resources to my clients.  Each client, however, assumes sole responsibility for the actions he/she decides to take regarding his/her life, career, and/or business development path. As a result, all clients agree to hold Karla harmless for the state of their health, wellness, careers, and/or businesses, as well as take full responsibility for their own results apart from coaching. Clients will indemnify and hold Karla Lawrence harmless from any legal claims, actions, or judgments.

Ready to get started?

In order to get started please schedule your FREE 20-minute consultation call to help me learn more about your goals and how I can help you create a life and business you love.