Hobby or Business … It’s All in Your Attitude!

Does it seem as though others see your business as a hobby?

If you dig deep down in to your subconscious and are really honest with yourself, do you see your business as more like a hobby than a ‘proper job’?

Struggling to persuade yourself and others that your business is a ‘real’ business and deserves respect is a common problem for new business owners but if you want to be successful it is essential to get out of the hobbyist mindset.

Many of us tend to be focused on helping people, rather than financial gain, yet it’s important to recognise that you can still help people and make money from your work.

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How to celebrate Christmas when you work as a solo practitioner

It’s easy to feel left out of the Christmas cheer when you work by yourself. It seems like everyone else is going to work Christmas parties, going to client drinks and wandering around the shops on their lunch break while your working harder than usual getting everything completed prior to the end of the year.

Of course, that’s not quite how it is for those working in large offices and they are probably equally jealous of how easy it was for you to pop to your kid’s school to watch their Christmas concert… the grass is always greener on the other side!

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Staying on track in your business

Do you find it difficult to work out which business opportunities are good ones and which opportunities are just going to sap your time without giving any real return?

Staying on track is a common problem for small business owners as we often choose to pick up every new idea or proposal that comes to us. But then we find ourselves completely off track and wondering “how did I end up over here, when where I really wanted to be was over there?”.

So, what can you do to make sure your business stays on the path you have chosen?

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Why investing in your business is worth the money

One of the hardest things to get your head around when you start a new business, or want to expand your existing one, is spending money to make money.

I don’t mean spending money on things like a printer or a mobile phone. I mean investing in less tangible things, things like mentoring, networking , business development or perhaps even administration staff so you can have more time to build your core business.

Often expensive, this kind of investment can feel very hard to justify because you are spending the money BEFORE you see the return.

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Why your business needs a Big Hairy Audacious Goal

I love the term Big Hairy Audacious Goal! It has been around since the early 1990s and I think it is a fantastic technique to help keep your business moving forward and pushing boundaries.

If you haven’t heard of it before, a BHAG is a goal for your business that is medium to long term but not impossible. It also needs to be something that can be clearly defined so you know when you have reached it.

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Wondering how much to charge? Ask what you are worth

How much should you charge your clients?

Most wellness practitioners don’t know how much they are worth, not just in financial terms but in what they deliver to their clients and so they have no idea how much they should be charging.

Value = self esteem.

Think about that equation for a second.

Are you proud of the amount you charge or do you resent your clients because you don’t feel you are being paid what you are worth?

Does the amount you charge for your service match your self esteem?

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What do you do when you just don’t feel like working?

Everyone has days when they don’t feel like working – perhaps something has gone wrong or got you down? Perhaps you’ve just finished a big project and are having trouble getting started on the next one or maybe it is a beautiful day and you would just rather be outside?

Whatever the reason, it can be really challenging to motivate yourself to work on the days when it all feels too hard.

So what can you do to get your mojo back?

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“Success means having the courage, the determination and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

George Sheehan

Work and kids: How to find the balance between family and business

I’ve run my own businesses for 11 years and I am the mother of two beautiful sons. My boys were 5 and 3 when I started out on my own, so I know how challenging it can be to manage the needs of a business and motherhood at the same time.

During my business journey I’ve learnt some tricks that can help you find the balance between family and work while staying on top of both and without any need to feel guilty about either!

It is still hard to find time for everything, but with a few changes life can be much, much easier than you think.

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New online tool helping to make your practitioner life easier

Natural Business Tools

I’m really excited to be supporting Natural Business Tools as I really believe what they have to offer can be of benefit to so many wellness practitioners.

Here’s a snapshot of what they do: Provide health practitioners with customised and personalised patient educational material and business system templates to support you in the everyday running of your clinic.

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How to handle a “no thanks” from a potential client

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I was excited about the coming week. I had two new mentoring clients booked in and I couldn’t wait to get started with them. I knew both of them had such an opportunity to build their business and I was ‘champing at the ‘bit’ to get stuck into their businesses and advise them on how they could start earning more money.

On Saturday afternoon I received an email from one with a vague “I’d like to cancel our session and I will contact you when I’m ready” and on Sunday morning I received an email from the second one saying “I’ve decided I don’t have enough money to proceed”.

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“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

Peter Drucker

Why learning without implementing is pointless

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Some people are serial learners. They attend everything and listen to everyone BUT they never implement what they have learnt.

I’ve seen this so many times in my career and it is such a waste of time and money for both you and your business.

Yes, education and learning new things is important but it is also important to pick and choose what you learn and who you learn from, and to make sure that you have the time and energy to implement your new knowledge.

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How to sell your product…

In my recent blog titled “Discover the product in your business” we talked about how you can identify a product in your business.

But creating your product is only the first half of the process. Getting it online and marketing it is the other half and it is just as important!

You can have the best product in the world but if no one knows it exists your time has been completely wasted. So what do you need to do to start making money from your product?

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“If the opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

How websites get hacked

Having recently been hacked on the Wellness Hubs Australia site, I was really glad to receive an email from Sucuri (the people who helped clean my site) that contained an informative video about how websites get hacked.

If you’ve ever wondered why or how… then check out this video.

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How to create a business email address

If you are still using a gmail or hotmail email address for your business simply because you don’t know how to create a business one, then this is the webinar for you.

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How to be a successful practitioner

Feel like you could be running your business a little bit smarter? Then this is the webinar for you. Guest presenter, Christine Pope has been a successful homeopath for over 10 years and she shares her top tips to creating a successful practice for you.

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“You can, you should and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

Stephen King

Contractor versus Employee

When we start to expand our businesses, one of the first things we do, is look to get people to help us; be it another practitioner, a bookkeeper, a virtual assistant. Most of us don’t have the infrastructure for an employee, so we look for a contractor to help us out.

However how do you know if the position you have is legally a contractor role or an employee role? It’s a fine line and one that causes a LOT of confusion for small businesses.

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Why should I be networking? I don’t have the time

We know that networking is important (or at least that’s what we hear), but often we struggle to find the time to attend events, or it doesn’t “feel right” to be pushing ourselves onto others, or we feel intimidated by attending events.

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Increasing Personal Productivity

If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ll know I’m passionate about time management, systems, organisation and efficiency in business. It’s in this capacity that I was honoured to be interview for Angela Raspass’ Your Next Chapter Podcast.

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The Intuitive Entrepreneur

Last year I had the privilege of being interviewed by Karen Chaston and Karen Pearce for their radio show “Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom“. The topic we discussed was what it is like being an Intuitive Entrepreneur.

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How to maximise the opportunity of New Years Resolutions

Its no secret that the number one New Years Resolution for most people is “lose weight” or “get fit and healthy”… so as a natural health practitioner are you maximising the opportunity for this potential new business or are you letting it pass you by?

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Customer service matters

It doesn’t matter how great your service is or how fantastic your product is, if you don’t offer high class customer service, your clients are going to go elsewhere and find someone who does.

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Honesty is the best policy: being authentic in business

Are you sick of companies that make crazy promises on price (until you read the fine print) or send emails claiming ‘only 10 spots left’ then a second email two days later saying ‘another 5 spots just opened up’?

I am.

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How to get more client referrals

If you are wanting to know how to get more client referrals for your business… watch this video.