SOURCE: Author Starr Cochran

August 25, 2010 07:56 ET

Author Starr Cochran Reveals Story of Women Unleashing Their "Creative Selves" in Her "Bread & Butter Chronicles"

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - August 25, 2010) - With unemployment rates still dangerously high -- the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cited 9.5% in July -- many Americans find themselves either out of work or underemployed. And those job hunting through newspaper ads, online and by attending job fairs are likely finding few, if any, options that match their skill set, interest or compensation requirements. But there may be one place they aren't looking: the right side of their brain, the hemisphere responsible for creativity.

"It may sound cliché, but thinking outside the box can help you generate extra income when the market just isn't cooperating with your financial needs," says Starr Cochran, a financial advisor and tax accountant with 25 years of experience who sold off her financial practice to focus on financial education. "Everyone has an inner creative voice... and now's the perfect time to find it."

In her 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' meets 'Sex and the City' novel, "The Bread & Butter Chronicles," Cochran chronicles the lives of four female characters. Each one is experiencing a different financial struggle in her life -- such as one who loses her husband only to learn that her finances are in ruins, or another realizing that she can no longer afford to be a stay-at-home mom. It's the latter who unleashes an unexpected creative side to help make ends meet by creating a product to help others in the same situation.

"You might be surprised what talents or interests you uncover when you begin to tap into your creative self," says Cochran. "Everyone has a story to write or a product or service to sell. And once you get your creative juices flowing, you break the predictable cycle of your thinking... you'll start to look at everything in a new way."

For those who aren't sure how to transform their great idea into cash, or don't even know where to begin, Cochran suggests starting off simple. "Sign up for an inexpensive art class through a community college," she says. "Or join a coffee-shop writers group. Just take some action, even if you don't think you'll be good at it. You just never know until you try."

To order your copy of "The Bread & Butter Chronicles," visit www.StarrCochran.com.

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