Debra Gould is a multi-passionate entrepreneur.
She believes life is the adventure you make it and has been a bit of a rebel when it comes to career and life choices.
At the age of 9 she got in trouble for selling the most Girl Guide® cookies in Canada.
In her final “summer job” as a student, she survived an armed robbery at the age of 18. The next summer she decided it was time to work for herself.
Gould started a jewelry design company, selling her creations in office lunch rooms and bars (the Internet wasn’t invented yet).
Her creative life was literally packed away in a box when she moved to attend the top MBA school in the country.
On-campus recruiting led to a corporate and advertising agency career.
Enduring a series of bad bosses, whom she now refers to as “The Sexual Predator,” “The Guy With Anger Management Issues” and “The Alcoholic,” Gould called an end to working for anyone else in 1989.
Debra Gould is a master of personal reinvention who has lived in different cities (and on a remote island) and has made a living from various home based businesses ever since.
She bought her first real estate in her 20s and had a child on her own at the age of 35.
Gould launched one of the first integrated marketing firms, Gould & Associates Inc.— selected by Strategy Magazine in their Communications 100— which she ran for 10 years.
Flipping 6 homes in 4 years led to an interest in real estate staging which she turned into a home staging career, launching SixElements.com in 2002. Her clients typically earned $10,000 to $100,000 more when they sold their homes because of the way Gould decorated real estate to romance home buyers.
Magazines, newspaper, TV and radio appearances built up a following of aspiring and struggling home stagers who wanted to learn how to duplicate Gould’s home staging business success.
Gould launched the Staging Diva® Home Staging Business Training Program in 2005 as the beginning of her international online education company. She has 30,000+ students in 24 countries.
Gould’s hobbies include decorating and flipping real estate and, more recently, Stand Up Comedy and Story Telling.
As President of Six Elements Design Group Inc., Debra Gould’s mission is helping people realize the many possibilities that lie around the next corner when they build a business and life around their passions.
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Debra Gould has built websites to support her businesses since 1999. You can link to the primary ones here.
In addition to creating over 20 information products, Debra Gould is also the author of 3 best selling guides:
Gould’s media coverage includes: HGTV, CityTV, GlobalTV, CBS Radio, CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal, Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest, MoneySense, Entrepreneur, House and Home, Home & Decor, Style at Home, The Australian, USAA Magazine, MSN, REALTOR Magazine, Home Style, Center of The City, National Post, This Old House, Pittsburgh Tribune, Home Business, Builder Magazine , Michiana House & Home, The Globe & Mail and more.
For a more conservative version of Debra Gould’s career, check her out on LinkedIn.
Debra Gould Short Bio (60 words):
Internationally recognized home staging expert Debra Gould is President of Six Elements Design Group Inc. and creator of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program. An entrepreneur for 30 years and author of several guides, Debra has staged millions of dollars worth of real estate through her company Six Elements, and uses her expertise to train others worldwide.