TOP FIVE BIZ TIPS

TOP FIVE BIZ TIPS

So you’ve graduated or are close to graduating your chosen course. You’ve probably started thinking about how you’re going to translate your studies into a viable business – but where to start, right? When working with coaching clients, there are a couple of consistent small actions I find myself sharing. These tips are above and beyond the basic business needs like organising the following:

  • modality insurance;
  • a business name;
  • finalising your qualification;
  • opening a separate business bank account; and
  • establishing a place of business.

In fact, riding the rodeo of small business is often associated with stepping right out of your comfort zone and learning to wear all the hats – finance controller, administrator, marketing to name just a few, all before you work as a practitioner! Crazy right? In my 15 years of running my own business, and 25 years of working for corporate businesses, I’ve learned to adapt my investigative and audit skills.

You’ve got to bring the focus right back to you.

Want to know more? Here’s my top tips to embrace your dream job!!

Tip number one is to ensure your focus is on you!

 

I know that sounds a little weird but the age old saying that “you can’t pour from an empty cup” is so true!

When you’re wearing all the hats in your small business, it can very quickly get overwhelming and exhausting.

Furthermore, when you work with people, you’re going to use a lot of your energy to maintain and hold space for another person. So, it’s a good idea to regularly review how you look after yourself.

Some people scoff at me when I advise that I book all my self care appointments in advance. Come each and every new year, I’m booking in appointments with the hairdresser, chiropractor, massage therapist, kinesiologist for the coming twelve month period. Why? Because I matter and when my bucket isn’t overflowing with energy, I don’t do my best work. So I book for me first, and then block these times out of my online booking system.

You need energy to maintain the ability to run the marathon that a business requires. So schedule time for yourself each and every day to nurture the energy you have. You’re going to need to be able to ramp this up in order to deliver your heart felt service.

So, if you’ve been feeling sluggish, I strongly recommend you re-assess how you’ve been caring for yourself.

Great food, movement and even moments of mindfulness (like meditation) all contribute to filling your vessel with self love

And don’t forget, before you started your small business you already had a life! You’re going to need to figure out how to balance your time and energy between business and everything else in your life – family, friends, sport etc. So remember this, focusing on you and your schedule is vital.

Your race your pace

In other words – schedule yourself first in your diary!

Tip number two is to ‘accept the to do list’

 

Two of the biggest lessons I’ve ever had to learn are (1) that the ‘to do’ list for business is ENORMOUS. And (2) the list NEVER ENDS!!!

Once you get your head around those two facts, small business is easier to get your head around.

Creating a ‘to do’ list is vital to ensure you align to all the tasks you need to complete in order to satisfy your business plan targets. Additionally, having a ‘to do’ list helps you prioritise what you do each day or each time you decide to work.

There’s a couple of tricks with a ‘to do’ list. Be sure to scratch off each completed task as evidence YOU CAN DO IT! Often we need visual sensory input to remind our motivation that we are making progress!

Don’t be overwhelmed by the size of the list. If the stress creeps in get it sorted pronto. There’s nothing worse than having stress to derail you away from the dream life you are trying to achieve.

When looking at your ‘to do’ list, be honest in your assessment of the tasks. Identify what is the most cost effective tasks for you to complete quickly. The reason I say this, is because there are going to be times you can engage a sub-contractor to get things done. They’re going to be quicker and more efficient that you, and they’re likely going to be cheaper than you wasting time figuring it out yourself.

So where possible, outsource small finite tasks so you can concentrate on being a practitioner, not a web designer! If your current budget doesn’t permit outsourcing, talk to your mentor about options.

Tip number three, get a mentor!

 

I learnt very early on, when I started working out of university, that what I learnt from books meant jack shit when it came to the real world. I had foundation knowledge, but I needed to learn how to apply it.

I was fortunate that when I started working in a government job, I had to pair up with everyone in the team to do my work. I was the youngest by at least fifteen years, so I was so gifted working within such an experienced team.

This meant I learnt different tips, tricks and methods to approach all manner of different facets of my job. This also meant that I got good at checking the ego at the door, and, asking for help when I was stuck so that I didn’t fall behind in my work.

There is no possible way you are ever going to know everything on how to run a business when you start out, or even when you want to grow it.

The learning curve when starting your small business is extremely steep, and, can often feel very lonely and overwhelming. I find the trick is to accept you’re running a marathon, and pace yourself accordingly. If necessary, break down the task into small actions (hence the ‘to do list’) and schedule them into the diary. The list often helps me identify that what I initially thought would be a ‘quick and easy’ gig turns into something much more time consuming. So, it all comes back to the planning.

Additionally, scheduling these small actions into my diary helps me map out the prioritising of tasks each week. My forward planning improves as I gain understanding and experience of implementing actions. This helps me not overload my expectation of what I can reasonably achieve in a single week, whilst still being a member of a family and friendship circle. Remember the balance and focus on you!!!

I’ve got three mentors who I regularly touch base with for various reasons. One for money who has helped me gain understanding of profit and loss, turn over and budget forecasting. I’ve got a marketing mentor who has assisted me enormously to step out of my comfort zone and through social media show the world who I am. And I have a third mentor whom I refine the application of my technical knowledge.

Why would I want to waste any more of my time in learning things my mentors have already mastered? It’s a complete waste of unpaid time and energy to attempt to resolve the ‘hard stuff’ all by yourself and work yourself into a stressed-out meerkat.

Additionally, picking someone’s brains will navigate a path that often avoids a mistake they made in terms of learning lessons. This navigation is invaluable to the small business operator, who’s cash flow is often not high and trying to keep overheads low and do things yourself.

I strongly suggest in your first year of business, invest and book in regular touch bases with your mentor or mentors! They have helped me stay on track and kept me to task in terms of my strategic business plan and the targets I set myself. They also shared with me their contacts of subcontractors of who helped them. This was extremely useful because it meant I could use a model already created- rather than paying to reinvent the wheel.

Now that I coach myself, I’ve got standing arrangements with my virtual assistant who I send my biz clients to and we arrange the fabulous Deb to “do the same as Karen”. I’ve already consented to reapplication of my material with a change of brand. It’s lovely to pay this forward and help out those in my network where I can. Afterall, we are all ambassadors for change in our own way!

Here’s the classic mentor questions you could ask:

  • Have someone you trust in your corner for support
  • There’s no harm in asking “what did you do when this happened?”
  • How do you approach this?
  • What are the words you use?
  • What do I need to be mindful of?
  • Is there someone I can outsource this to?
Top tip number four is have a strategic plan

 

The strategic business plan helps you identify the four most important facets of your business:

  • Forecast budget;
  • Professional development;
  • Brand; and
  • Network

The plan helps you to identify a realistic forecast target (what you are capable of making if every appointment is filled) and subsequent spending budget.

I find my strategic plan is exceptionally useful in driving at what points of the year I can afford to study, or, place my focus on marketing because my forward bookings are down.

It’s vital to ensure you have ongoing professional development – yep more study. This keeps you apprised of developments in your field. It also provides new stimulus for you and your clients. Additionally, you build your network with every course you participate within.

The strategic plan helps you look ahead each month or quarter and identify the big gaps in your booking calendar. Where there are gaps, this is the signal to communicate now with your network to generate conversation about you and your services. Identifying who you will bring into your network each year is vital, as this steers where your business will grow both in demographics and services provision.

The best thing I love about my strategic plan is that it’s not complicated – it’s one page! Yep, one page. Most people I work with are baffled by this. My plan provides me a rapid overview of where I want to take my business each quarter.

I get to review it easily and quickly each quarter. It literally keeps me on track in terms of where I invest my energy and efforts. Often when I am reaching for the stars, I can share elements of my plan with either my mentor or virtual assistant to give them the heads up that I’m going to be talking to them more often in a given time period. This is often the impetus for me to schedule time out of clinic to meet with these contacts to ensure I get all the actions done. There’s nothing more satisfying to a control freak who loves to plan, than ticking stuff off the to do list.

Top tip number five is ‘be prepared’!

 

Being prepared for absolutely everything and anything to be thrown your way.

Small business is like riding a roller coaster. There’s the euphoric highs, and nauseating low times. There’s the thrill of the bends and turns and surprise of the view from the top. There’s the poo inducing feeling when you step out of your comfort zone and your outlook on life changes and you realise you really can do it.

And be prepared to back yourself and that dream you had when you first started studying.

So be prepared for a long list including but definitely not limited to:

  • Anything
  • Everything
  • Failure
  • Success
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • For big lessons about who you really are and what motivates you
  • Freedom
  • Heartache and frustration
  • Challenges
  • Overwhelm
  • Stress
  • Sleepless nights
  • Judgement from family and friends thinking you are NUTS to follow your dream because it’s hard work
  • Joy from working with repeat clients
  • Elation from seeing clients change because of your service.

In my experience the first step to small business is believing in yourself and what you plan on offering. Don’t allow anyone to pull you off your path. Surround yourself with awesome, and, call in the abundance! When stepping out of your comfort zone, be sure to have someone experienced in your corner to help you ride the rodeo!

Always remember you can choose to change and embrace the real authentic practitioner within, and bloom from within.

Top Tip to Manifesting Your Dream Life

Top Tip to Manifesting Your Dream Life

I was listening to a podcast the other day, which started with ‘luck is for leprechauns and you aren’t green”!! Wowsers that was a powerful statement! And it reminded me of the importance of incorporating The Laws of Attraction into my daily routine life. Doing this supports me to remain focused on my dream life, and the good feelings these experiences and abundance will bring me. It’s a combination of all the small things which contribute to my ability to be grateful for all that I manifest and bring into my world. And it has nothing to do with money or stuff. My focus is on experiencing the joy of life, and, being vibrantly happy and healthy.

I get asked a lot about the Laws Of Attraction, which are fundamentally simple in nature. With a little daily dedication and accuracy, they are easy to activate and implement into your life to achieve all that you want and more.

The more we can bring our focus to self, the more available energy we have to maintain motivation and access to our resilience skills to walk our journey paths. Actions don’t have to take a lot of time, and they can simply be to ‘check in’ with how you are feeling in terms of positive or negative. The more you can acknowledge more positive in your life the more gratitude state you create within. The greater the gratitude, the higher your ability to manifest abundance in your life.

Here are my tips to Manifest Your Dream Life

 

You have to be able to visualise what it is you want.

This process isn’t just about thinking about winning a million dollars and thinking this will solve all your problems.

This process is about sitting quietly each day, and, gifting yourself moments whereby you literally can envisage doing the thing you want.

Liz Oakes discusses in her article, that visualisation “is known as conceptualization. As you form an image of what you desire in your mind, you are using your imagination to bring it into reality. You must first see it in your imagination. It must be fully formed and conceptualized before it can possibly manifest. This is the process of creating an image in your mind of what you desire to have in your life. Make the image you see in your mind as real and as detailed as you can, as this is how you will bring it into manifestation.

Once you have envisaged the dream life that you want, you need to desire it.

By this I mean be intensely excited about what you’re visualising. Imagine how it looks AND how it feels to do doing this revised version of your life.

It is the focus on the feelings which link to your ability to consciously be grateful. Acknowledging gratitude then counts as a credit in your happiness bank account!

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to connect to this ‘feel good’ feeling. It must be very strong and tangible. You literally have to be able to connect with how good it feels. And as you visualise and continue to invest in that picture, really connect to the evolving strong feelings. Without the emotive connection, there is no point.

Let me be clear. It is at this point that most people have the potential to enter a self-sabotaging situation. If you don’t connect to the feeling, and only focus on the outcome then you aren’t changing your approach. You are just dreaming. Tony Robbins talks about “get yourself moving, don’t wait for the perfect trainer, just get yourself moving”. Connection to the feeling of what you want supports you to change your accountability and investment in what you want.

Affirm and believe that what you desire as if it is already real.

When you believe what you desire is possible to manifest and create, then you are talking to universe with your order of what you want.

Imagine as if you’re sitting at your favourite restaurant, and you order your favourite dish of garlic prawns, you are almost licking your chops in anticipation of how good it’s going to taste.

It is the belief that your favourite chef will prepare your order just the way you love it. The Law of Attraction is identical to this belief that the chef will prepare your order exactly how you asked for it.

The concept of affirming or intention setting, is to make a positive statement of what you believe.

When making this statement you need to truly believe you have the capacity to make it come true.

In other words, you must have the intention to manifest what you desire, otherwise it’s just a day dream.

Word of warning though, when we believe and utilise affirmations to invigorate the dream life we want, we must to align to your current belief system. Also, the affirmation must align with your conscious mind or it rejects the affirmations as unimaginable. By this I mean, there’s no point affirming something that is not presently within your remote realm of possibility.

For example, stating the affirmation “I am a millionaire” if you are presently living with your grandmother creates a conscious mind rejection – a mental conflict in your head space. Scale back the dream to a smaller goal that is actually realistic to achieve. Smash that out and continue to grow the dream, evolve the affirmations and the small action based goals. This way you’re not setting yourself up to fail or messing with your own values and beliefs which will question and sabotage if the dream doesn’t align to your current capacity.

The more specific and measurable your affirmations are, the easier they will be to implement as small action-based goals.

Act and behave as if your life desire has already been manifested. It is action which brings about changes in people’s lives. Affirmations are utilised to motivate you to take more action and remain focused on the dream life you are manifesting.

Now this doesn’t mean go and max out your credit card because you have the ‘dream to be a millionaire’. This means do some thing action based, which gives you the feelings which align with the dream live you are intending, for example happiness.

The final part of understanding how to implement the laws of attraction is allowance – detach from the outcome. You have to be intense in your desire of the dream and it’s feel good, to embrace, trust and surrender it will

When you gain the clarity of the understanding that the only limits in our life are the ones we set, you too can choose to change and bloom from within.

 

 

References

Oakes, Liz. “The Seven Laws Of Attraction”. Source – https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/7-laws-of-attraction.html

How To Live A Ridiculously Amazing Life Without Limits” – podcast (11/2/19) source 7 Good Minutes Daily Self With Clyde Lee Dennis.

Easy Actionable Tips On How To Make Affirmations” – podcast (12/2/19) source 7 Good Minutes Daily Self with Clyde Lee Dennis.

Just do your thing

Just do your thing

One of the best healing lessons of my personal and professional life involved the realisation that my journey path revolves around doing my thing, not someone else’s. It was both a terrifying and truly liberating experience to step into that vulnerable space of my shadow self.

It’s not always easy to stand within your sacred space and shine your authentic light to the world. Here’s a few tips to keep yourself on your own straight and narrow path!

Don’t chase people for their attention, affection or approval. Everyone has stuff. We also have our own set of beliefs and behaviours which drives how we respond or react. The trick when you are triggered and feel yourself reacting is to step back and assess/reflect on what within you requires your love and attention to heal.

Be an example to yourself, of how it feels and looks to be positive. It starts with the intention you set for yourself before you even get out of bed! As soon as I wake up, I set my intention ‘to be the priority of my life’.

Pay attention to how you feel and what event causes you to experience the negative juju! Journal out the negative feelings and thoughts so that they aren’t swirling around your head.

Any form of neutral expression gifts you the opportunity to release the negativity you’ve been carrying around. The less drama you have inside your head, the more space you have to welcome positive energy and love for self into your life. Once you’ve purged the negative into your journal, write yourself a love letter. You are so deserving of positive words and affirmations. Take yourself for a gentle walk before breakfast or after dinner, as the light is dim and the world is quiet and calm. Breath it in as a welcome additional to your shining light.

Attract loving people into your life. Work hard to just be yourself. The more focussed you are on you and clearing out your old negative stuff, you naturally become a beacon of light.

The more you shift the brighter your light shines. When you light shines bright, you naturally attract amazing human beings into your life who make you want to be and embrace more.

The people who belong in your life will come and find you to share your story. These people who love you seem to miraculously appear in your life exactly when you are in need. These friendships are amazing in that regardless the amount of time which passes, you seem to pick up where you’ve left off. The presence of these people in your life provide an incredible abundance of love which enriches your life in ways you can’t imagine.

Just do your thing. Be true to you and shine your light brightly to the world.

You can choose to change and bloom from within xxx

 

Kick Arse in your Life

Kick Arse in your Life

As a Change Facilitator, (Kinesiology Practitioner and Wellness Coach), I get asked a lot how I stay upbeat, with a positive outlook on life. I utilise the Law of Attraction rules a lot in my life to ensure my focus remains on self and those that live under the roof of my house. Afterall, this is the direct circle of people who I have influence over and visa versa.

There are some hard and fast rules which I’ve learnt over the years, to absolutely kick arse with which I’ve outlined below.

We all have goals and dreams for the lives we want to live. At some point in our lives, we’ve all set New Year’s Eve resolutions which have inevitably failed because we simply expected the dream to unfold and weren’t committed to the actions required. The key to not crumbling immediately when not achieving a goal is your perception. See your ‘failure’ as a beginning and not an end. There are some lessons that require repeating so that you change your behaviours and attitude!

It’s one thing to have a dream. But the dreams don’t come true unless you work at them! It’s all well and good to have dreams, but if you don’t have a plan and instigate it, then it’s still just a dream. The old saying of if you don’t go after it, you won’t have it, always rings true.

I often find myself sitting quietly to reflect on the required tasks to implement, in order to achieve my dream life. The ‘to do’ list always comes together rapidly. Running your own business, there is never any shortage of things to do. Rather than pressuring myself to finish everything at once, I set a pace that is easily achievable and leaves me time for self. That said, it’s extremely satisifying to always do more than expected.

When the time arises (and it will), and you’ve got sufficient energy, always give a little more. The boost to your confidence and motivation, to continue walking your journey path is incredible.

When it comes to working towards living your dream life, assume nothing and question everything. Walking your journey path often is challenging. We learn an abundance of lessons along the way. When your buttons are triggered, take a pause from reacting to the person or thing. Look within to determine what in you need to acknowledge and heal. Remember we all have stuff! Be gentle with yourself.

And because we all have stuff, we all have a past. None of us live in bubbles. We live lives filled with experiences and opportunities to learn and evolve and heal. Make peace with the past or you’ll continue to pay for it. With unfinished business, you carry ‘bags of burden’. Frankly we have enough to deal with. Why would you choose to ignore the past and suffer from it. Be gentle with yourself as you embrace more of you, deal with the stuff and lighten your load.

It’s easy to find oneself overthinking about scenarios associated with all the old stuff, or triggered incidents and people. We can run mental patterns, which can feel like a merry go round of negative juju. Take a breath, and, stop thinking so much, and start taking action. Often the thought of taking the first step is the most fearful or confrontational. Take the first step and get on with it. Your dream life awaits you!

Now that you’re on your way, towards your dream life don’t get caught up in external drama. By this I mean, never compare yourself to others. You will never understand what other people have experienced, their behaviours or subsequent reactions. So why then, would you compare yourself to them? Be grateful for all that you are, have and the life you are living.

And now that you are learning and practicing how to love all over yourself, it’s time to allow the world to see the authentic you. You need teach others what you want them to know about you. Allow yourself to lower the defensive wall and let people see the real you.

Remember you can choose to change and bloom from within, standing in your sacred space and shining your authentic light to the world.

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

I get asked a lot about my brand – Blooming From Within. It has a story, and everything I do is aligned to it. It’s both my motto, my catch cry. It serves as my constant intention and affirmation. My brand and business name are both one and the same. The logo of my business serves the purpose as the visual element used by my target audience in all correspondence and social media.

By definition, a brand is meant to be the overall experience of a customer, that distinguishes an organization or product from its rivals in the eyes of the customer. Brands are used in business, marketing, and advertising. Philip Kotler et al, in the book Principles of Marketing define a brand is as a “name, term, sign symbol (or a combination of these) that identifies the maker or seller of the product”.

LOGO

Be sure to have a logo by which your audience and clientele can recognise you. If you are in the process of organising you brand logo, try and keep things simple.

Top Tip – Limit your brand and logo colours to no more than three colours.

When I consulted a ‘visibility’ mentor, her suggestion was I can utilise these brand colours in all sorts of things like email footers, letter headers, flyers and of course social media. Your audience will come to recognise your colours, especially with your brand.

I tend to specifically utilise these three colours when creating social media content. Frankly it makes life so much easier not having to choose different colours when creating content. That decision has already been made.

Top Tip – I also recommend you obtain several versions of your logo.

You never know in advance where you might utilise your logo. When you acquire multiple versions of your logo at the time of design, it saves you time and money in the long run.

When negotiating the creation of your logo, include within your scope of work, (ie request the designer) to prepare you with the following options:

  • Varied format options–
    • small & large format options
    • colour
    • black & white
    • solid (jpeg), transparent (png), high quality print (PDF) format options
  • scope meeting with designer – always meet with the designer before they let their creative juices flow. You want to ensure they clearly understand what you are trying to achieve.
  • scope to include at least 6 graphic based editorial revisions – this allows you to edit the draft and achieve exactly what you want.
  • take your time! Print out various versions of drafts and hang them in your work space so that you are constantly looking at the options. This allows you to resonate with the right choice.
  • Request files be created graphically so that if modifying the size of your file, you don’t loose graphics integrity.
  • Request your designer to send files electronically in format compatible to your computer, not the designer’s hardware! This may be winzip, dropbox etc.
  • Make backup copies

Have a main jpeg logo for your business card and email type links.

Then have variations such as white, black and transparent versions. This will enable you to always ensure every single thing that you produce. Note the colours used in the following graphics all incorporate my logo colours.

TELL YOUR STORY

I started working in my business as a massage therapist whilst simultaneously being employed by an international corporate consulting firm. The stress was through the roof and I had begun my personal transformation through taking my initial spiritual journey steps. Short version of my story was the realisation that I in order to change, I had to take responsibility for my ‘stuff’. I had to choose to change in order to ‘bloom from within’.

The flower within the actual wording of my logo is significant of the spiritual journey as well as the logo. The font for ‘BLOOMING’ is intentionally bold, and, intended to be a call to action. The font for the word ‘within’ is intended to reflect our individual uniqueness.

References

Philip Kotler/Gary Armstrong, (2017) “Principles of Marketing”, Pearson Education Australia.