Women in Business And Money

Theresa Reed

Theresa Reed

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.

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.

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Business Success & Rewards

Mark-Jasa-Pastor

Greetings Friends!

Tony Robbins tells a story about a Pastor of a church who gives a brilliant sermon one Sunday.  The deacons are well pleased and congratulate the Pastor afterward on the effectiveness of his sermon; he smiles and just nods in agreement.  The following Sunday the Pastor gives the exact same sermon causing the Deacons to look at one another in mild alarm, but they decide not to mention it since the congregation doesn’t seem to notice.  The Pastor then proceeds to repeat the very same sermon the following Sunday and the next at which point the deacons take him aside after the service and say to him, “Why are you giving the same sermon every week?!”

The Minister replies, “You noticed!  Well, I’m going to keep giving the sermon until you actually begin applying what I’m preaching!”

Yes, the dirty work of actually getting our work done can be a rather thankless task.  We read articles online, hire a coach, buy books–but how much of what you learn is actually applied?  Why do we procrastinate when it’s time to create programs that will solve the needs of our clients (and our wallets) or even take the time to tighten up our websites when we know that’s the thing that most needs to be done?

I will admit it can be a lot more fun to read the latest book on being a successful entrepreneur than to do the actual nitty, gritty work.  So, if you feel a few pangs of conscious upon reading this, don’t feel bad–do, however, take some steps to insure you aren’t just spinning your entrepreneurial wheels in 2013.

Some tips to help you tighten up your act include:

  • Make quarterly plans for your business.  What projects do you want to promote next quarter?  Now’s the time to start looking at your future business needs.  Pick your launch dates and work backwards so that you’re no longer waiting to the last minute to find clients to fill your practice or your programs.
  • Look at where you habitually fail to take action; do you hate the tech stuff?   Are you confused about what to do next to get a better result?  If you have certain tasks that intimidate you, take steps to either hire them out or get better information for the task so you can do a great job.
  • Get an accountability partner–ideally a coach that can take an unbiased view of your efforts and offer time saving tips to move your business along.
  • Get your inner child onboard; the whiny little voice that says it would rather play video games is letting you know that you need some rewards for all your hard work.  Plan a long weekend once a quarter or plan on buying that special item you’ve been wanting–after you get the website up (or you put the finishing touches on that long overdue white paper).  All work and no play makes your inner child a saboteur of your best efforts over time.

It may seem a fact of life that being an adult, in particular being a busy adult with an entrepreneurial bent, is a lot of work.  It can also be rewarding for you and inspiring for others when you take effective action and achieve your dreams.  If you pick the right business, with the right focus, you will be pulled along by the vision–these were Steve Jobs’ words of wisdom; may they serve you well.

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Rich Blessings!

Dee

Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.

Your Business Success in 2013

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Dear Friends,

This post was originally written in the spring of 2012 and now that we’re in the holiday season I will be taking some time to spend with family and friends preparing for the New Year and vacationing a bit (for a change–woo hoo)!  I thought I would reprise this post in light of the time of year–a time when many of us take a look at our goals and determine what we’d like to focus on after the holiday hub-bub has died down.  Barring the reference to April, I trust you’ll find some juicy nuggets or take-aways for your own goal setting program. Don’t forget the Resources page on this blog for additional success tools and tips!

Blessings & Happy Holidays!

Dee

Greetings Friends!

We’re halfway through April and now is probably a pretty good time to re-evaluate your success goals.  Modern life moves at a fast pace!  You will benefit greatly by keeping your eye on the ball and knowing when to drop a project or to inject new life into a situation by adding a hot new goal!

For example, perhaps you take advantage of coaching services to assist you in staying on track for success during the year.  As part of your work you may create an ezine, new blog or products.  These goals might not have existed–especially in their current form, at the beginning of the year.  Take the time to see what new opportunities have popped up on the horizon–and remember to do this check-in on a regular basis!

Why would you want to bother tinkering with the goals you slaved over earlier this year?  One of my favorite suggestions from Tony Robbins was his success formula; pick a goal, begin working on said goal, (and this is the really important step most of us overlook) evaluate what you’re doing to see if it is effective.  If it’s effective, keep going–if not, make modifications and then repeat the formula (from the top), as many times as necessary until you reach your desired goal.  Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?

Here are some additional ideas:

  • Try working with the Law of Attraction; if you’ve not read Money & the Law of Attraction by Esther & Jerry Hicks I highly recommend it as a valuable goal achievement tool.
  • Share your goals with a coach or if you don’t have a coach, pick a friend to confide your goals to.  This person must be 100% capable of a) holding you accountable and b) 100% on your side when it comes to your goals.  No nay-sayers allowed!
  • Work on your time management skills if you consistently find you’re not getting the job done; this area alone could kill your possibilities for success.

Remember goals aren’t set in stone, they change as your circumstances change–but ideally you are moving forward toward at least one major goal this year.  Maybe you want to quit that day job and do your thing full time.  Or maybe you just want to create a bit of extra cash flow so things aren’t so tight financially; either way, holding a firm vision for your future is the way to go.  Click the link for more out of sight goal setting tips and tools from Marie Forleo and Danielle LaPorte http://marieforleo.com/2012/04/how-to-visualize/.

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Touchstone Your Way to Success

Steve Jobs on the cover of Fortune magazine

 

Greetings Friends!

I have a friend who is an excellent singer and pianist; play him a song and he can play it back–no problem.  He memorized all of Elton John’s catalog because he a) is a huge Elton John fan and b) he hoped one day he’d work with him.  And you know what?  It happened!  He has played with Elton John in Vegas on Elton’s million dollar piano…which brings me to an idea I wanted to share with you…

There are probably as many paths to success as there are people and no two people like exactly the same methods.  I wanted to share an out of the box notion from a book I read many years ago called Wishcraft by Barbara Sher.  The idea is pretty simple, you pick someone who has your ideal business or career and then you study how they became successful.  The world is a bit more complicated than when this book was first written, but in some ways the cyber world gives you a leg up that wasn’t available in the past. Why not take advantage of it?

Imagine what it would look like if you actually found several people who are successful in your profession, for example you might choose Marie Forleo, Tony Robbins or Ali Brown if you’re a coach and study their backgrounds.  If you’re a healer you might study Diane Stein and Barbara Brennan, along with your own mentors to get a bead on how you can round out your skills.

Conversely, if you’re looking for business success you might look at Brendan Burchard, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson.  You will still have the need for experiential learning, but you might find a key or two that is currently missing in your background or understanding.  And you could do this for just about every stage of your business, from learning social media to launching a new product or service.

For instance, in developing products and services for launches I’ve heard everything from keep it simple; let your list know that something is coming, announce and move on–no big fan fare,  to make it fun and special–even for those who won’t buy!   There are a million roads to Rome and the more tools in your toolkit, the better chance you’re going to find your way there and without all the drama.  Then your creative juices kick in and you can create a master program or service without that yawning chasm of ‘oh God, I have to launch this thing, or create this thing and how the heck am I supposed to do that?!’  Chances are someone has some excellent material in a book, online or even as a freebie and when you cull three to four sources of information on your topic you will have a smorgasbord of ideas to ignite your creativity.  And once you get excited, you can get your potential clients excited as well.

Some ideas to keep in mind:

Make it a rule to read one or two books a month on business or your expertise.

Keep great notes.

Keep a notebook with tips for product creation, social media, product launches etc.,

Find out the big names in your industry, the really successful entreprenerus and learn their techniques.  You may feel you’re too new at your business to use all of their tips, but you won’t be a newbie forever.  Don’t recreate the wheel if you don’t have to; find a champion–or better yet, several champions whose stories excite and inspire you and then, learn baby learn!

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Traveling Buddies

I recently had an opportunity to attend a seminar for budding entrepreneurs–it was a blast!  The information was amazing and I learned that many of the more successful entrepreneurs I am now following got their start studying with the teacher’s for the event–so, right place, right info, right people!

And speaking of people, one of the side benefits of attending the event was meeting like minded people.  I remember thinking when I signed up how great it would be to do something different and and be somewhere different, but what really made the event awesome was meeting new people.  If you’re a homebody (like me) either by choice or because you’re too cotton-pickin’ tired to go anywhere after a 9-5 and then doing your blog, article writing, social media work, etc–please, please make time for getting out to some business training events to learn and meet like minded others in 2012.

Now, you might be thinking you can’t afford it–financially or in terms of time, but in all honesty you’re not going to be able to lasso this business success thing all alone.  Why not get yourself some great traveling buddies and enjoy the ride?!  Some of the side benefits of meeting others include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Getting a new perspective on where you’re at in your business and what you can do next.
  • Problem solving–someone may already have been there, done it and got the t-shirt (so to speak) so you don’t spend endless days and nights trying to solve what is essentially an old problem (though new to you!).
  • You can assist others–even people who are doing a lot better than you!  Offer your time, your talent and your skills and learn from those who are already doing the job you hope to do.
  • Partner with people who serve a similar group of people and increase your audience reach–sometimes over night!  Rome may not have been built in a day, but they didn’t have social media or the internet 😉
  • And lastly, but not least–make some great, new friends!

Now, these partnerships aren’t going to turn you into Tony Robbins or Ali Brown overnight, you will still have to roll up your sleeves and get the job done–but you can cut your lead time, learn so much more and even have some fun if you don’t try to do it all on your own!

Rich Blessings!

Dee