How do you feel when it’s time to ask a potential client to buy your product or service? Do you feel comfortable discussing costs or does it make you squirm? Are the rates you’re charging enough to support you or are you struggling to make ends meet? The mindset of an entrepreneur and the mindset of an employee are so different that the one thing that may most undermine your potential success as an entrepreneur is how you feel about money. What you charge and asking for the purchase from the client can be major hurdles to success, but they don’t have to be. You want to stand comfortably in a money conversation, but if you can’t do it now, perhaps it’s time to beard this particular lion in its den. Let’s get comfortable with asking for the money we deserve as entrepreneurs.
To help you with any money phobias you may have picked up along the way, I sat down and had a chat with one of my favorite business women, Theresa Reed, aka The Tarot Lady and we have some timely tips for you as we head toward the culmination of tax season 2012; check out our interview here: MoneyandEntrepreneurs
Also, there are many habits that can support you as you’re moving through the process of building a successful business, including:
- Reading inspirational books that help you think like a successful business owner. Books by Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, or Robert Kiyosaki can help you retrain your brain so that your thinking better supports you.
- Subscribing to emails from coaches who have acquired the success you hope for can move you along faster in developing the skills that will help you to achieve success.
- Acquire understanding of how money works, aka being financially literate; Robert Kiyosaki’s books are great at helping you understand the difference between thinking like an employee versus thinking like a successful business owner. I highly recommend his Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant books if you’ve not read them.
- Find a great accountant to handle your taxes and become tax savvy so that you’re not quaking in your boots at this time of year, every year. Ask for recommendations from your friends and be sure to find one who fits your tax style–are you conservative with regard to taxes or edgy? If you’re conservative you won’t feel comfortable with a risk taker, so keep that in mind.
- You can find more great business tips on the Resources page of this site.
Developing a successful business is the most intense personal development course you will ever encounter. Your journey will repeatedly show you where your doubts and fears live, but it is so worth it to evolve as a business person and as an individual. Take steps daily that inspire you and give you courage and move with determination toward earning what you deserve.
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