90% of businesses fail in the first two years… and 99% of the time it is because of the lack of money. So fill your baskets with many beautiful eggs that you will be able to eat along the way before your own business generates its own (golden) eggs!! Don’t jump in foolishly. Prepare yourself before!
You know, when people hear my story about coming to the US from Paris, France with only two suitcases, they always ask me if it was difficult, because I make it sound easy by not giving too many details. OF COURSE, I prepared myself. It took me a full year of preparation, and three years of savings (because I had the idea a long time ago, I was saving for some “long term project”). I had to apply for a visa and create a BIG file. I sold almost all of my belongings (just kept paintings and sculptures). I visited Arizona a couple of times to make contacts and see locations, and to learn, learn, learn. I did prepare my big jump! Prepare yours!
Clear Money Worries
Save money! You should be able to live without expecting any income from your own company during the first year. I am not saying that it will happen, I am saying be prepared to have eggs that will help you pay all your current expenses for 12 months (or at least 6 months if you are more of a risk taker!). So, keep working full time for an employer for a little while, or work part time, and start your own business at the same time, whenever you can. This will keep the pressure off of your shoulders. You will stay relaxed and make good decisions not based on fear, but based on peace and Love.
I am constantly contacted by entrepreneurs, business owners, healers, artists, and writers that need my help, support and guidance (and certainly “clearing” and a clearer point of view too!) and think they cannot afford to invest even $400-500 on themselves. I understand their concern, but at the same time I think it is very sad not to be able to invest in yourself or in your business. If we want to grow, we need to change and invest in us. There is no other way!
We have to say “No” to scarcity and lack, “No” to feeling doomed. Where we put your attention will manifest. So, if instead of feeling good about money, you focus on the lack of money with thoughts like “I can’t afford it, I don’t have enough to invest in me” etc. you will get what you focus on… more lack. You are just planning your next 6-12 months of struggle and famine. Breathe and put your focus on something that feels good. Imagine clients waiting in line for your service(s). Imagine money flowing into your business account! Visualize your bank statement with a nice big number of $$$. Feel better – that is the key to creating more money. Since your business is your passion, do not tarnish it with your worries, fears and concerns. Revive the flame of your passion by feeling/seeing/sensing/imagining/knowing the clients are coming forth more and more right now. I can invest in myself and my business, because we deserve the best investment. We create tremendous value to our clients, and more and more people want to give us money.
Be done with Loneliness
We sometimes feel tremendously lonely when we start our own business – whether working from home, or having a studio, an office, or a clinic. If you don’t share your space with other entrepreneurs or like minded people, you will feel isolated. This does not feel good, right?! So, you need a strategy to avoid this and continue to feel good. Find people to cheer you up, to support you in your (new) adventure. Get a coach or a close friend that you can talk to ON A REGULAR BASIS while you grow your business. Find a mentor, someone that has followed a path that resembles yours. Maybe you can learn a few things that will help you avoid making mistakes and will save you some time and money.
Feel the Fear
Whenever you feel fear (should it be fear of failure or fear of success), always reconnect with the “why” you are on this fabulous adventure! Remember your goals, your dreams, what made you decide to take a leap of Faith and create your own business. Are you doing this to be your own boss and decide your schedule? Are you doing it to be able to work from home and spend a little more time with your children? Do you feel it is your mission, your passion, and you have to do it? Did you jump in to create a 6-figure income because you felt stuck as an employee? Whatever the reasons, you need to have them in mind. You could even create a small vision board with the representations of your dreams and goals and add smiling clients and money on it!! Also, add a date on the board – very often people forget to date their objectives and vision boards!
Design a Plan
Whether you are already in business and want to grow it to the next level, or you are just thinking about creating one, you need to have a plan. It doesn’t have to be a business plan with 50 pages – keep it simple! Write down where you want to go and what kind of steps you plan on taking to get there. You may also write down the resistance or obstacles that you have and add strategies to overcome them. (Watch for my next article on goal setting for your success)! Then feel the fear and… take action! It is the only way to do it. The fear may not disappear before you take any action, so don’t wait for that to happen. Thus, your fear will surely vanish when you start implementing what you wrote or said you would do. You will also gain more confidence and self-esteem because you DID what you said you would do! Preparation and action are a sure remedy for fear, and the rewards will be amazing.
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