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The big question! How do you set those boundaries and avoid giving all your stuff away for free?
As a natural giver, I am more than happy to offer advice and help anyone out of any tricky situation, but I’ve always had a hard time not doing it too much, but I need to set my own boundaries if I also want to make sales. Why would anyone pay for my services, when I freely give all of the answers away?
So, I want to share my strategies with you, and also remind myself to do the same, and how to do it gracefully…
1 – Create products for your most popular services – If you’re constantly getting asked the same questions, then why not create a downloadable product (or package) to serve those people? That way, the next time someone asks you can point them here so they pay for it.
2 – Boundaries. Set them! – someone you just met always in your inbox ‘picking your brains’? Just gracefully ask them to head over to your public space, whether it be your Facebook group or page and ask the question there, as this will no doubt help others too…
3 – Set time limits – Someone is persistent and wants your help? Just set up a short call and stick to it. For example. I offer 15 min calls, after that they pay
4 – Give away the why for free but charge for the how – so you tell people the tools to use, but you don’t tell them HOW to use them. That’s the bit you charge for. So you can write a blog about the tools you use in your business, but then you have a call to action to the course that shows them how….
So, if you’re feeling like you’re getting stuck in the giving cycle, think about the resources you already have that you can point people to. No more giving away that valuable information for free!
In order to improve your ability to accomplish more and be more productive, you need to be able to set goals that you can achieve. Many successful people set goals each day so that they know what they want to achieve for the day, then set out to achieve those goals.
Below are five simple steps you can use below to help you set goals that you can achieve so you can accomplish more and be more productive.
Be sure to write down the goals you actually want to achieve. Many people just think about the goals they want to achieve, but never actually write them down. Some may question what writing down goals will do to help them achieve those goals. Writing them down (either on paper or electronically via Notepad, an app, etc.) actually creates a record of what you want to do so that you can refer back to it and see whether you have achieved what you wanted to do for the day or not.
Second, write down realistic goals for the day, week, and month. These goals need to be ones you can realistically achieve within the specified time period. If you write down goals that are impossible to reach within the time period, you’ll feel fed up that you’ve not reaching them and think that goal-setting doesn’t work and you’ll just not continue.
When it comes down to larger goals (especially those that take several days or longer to fully achieve), break them down into more manageable parts and write down each part. Estimate how long it will take to complete each part, then write down a part per day to help you achieve larger, longer-term goals.
At the end of the day, take a few minutes to review how well you do each day when it comes to accomplishing the goals you set out to achieve for the day. If you fail to achieve a goal for the day, think over why you didn’t achieve the goal; was it because you weren’t putting forth your best effort or procrastinating, or was it due to some external circumstance you couldn’t control? Determine what it was and, if it was through your own personal fault that you didn’t accomplish the goal, consider what you can do in your actions to help you avoid falling short of reaching future goals.
When you review your goals for the day, if you achieve every one of your goals, pat yourself on the back and reward yourself with something- it can be spending some extra time doing something you like, such as listening to music, or having a long soak in the bath etc. If you continue to meet your goals every day and accomplish more longer-term goals, consider rewarding yourself with something even more special- perhaps a short break (or a long one!), a new item you wanted to buy, more time off, etc. By rewarding yourself when you achieve your goals, you’ll reinforce the actions you need to take to reach the goals you want to achieve.
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A great question I get asked ALL of the time! So I wanted to share my strategy with you of how I use them differently, but yet sometimes the same.
I see my Facebook page is an extension to my Website, aside from my blog, it’s fairly static, so I use my Facebook page as a place to broadcast my offerings, my services, a place to demonstrate my knowledge by sharing articles, tips, and raise awareness of my business. It’s a place where I can be visible, and a place where I start warming up prospective clients.
My Facebook group is a real community. It’s not all about me posting things, it’s a place for members to post too. It’s much more of a two way dialogue. Of course I still post similar (sometimes the same content as my page) but it’s less about what I can offer, it’s more about my knowledge, sharing my knowledge in a much more in-depth way.
So I’ll typically post questions, action based posts i.e getting members to interact with me. Asking them what’s going on in their world, what promotions THEY have. I use it as a space to help members grow their business.
So you can see straight away that Facebook pages are more about YOU, demonstrating YOUR skills, where a Facebook group is a community and becomes about how YOU can nurture and build relationships with your soul mate clients at a much more personal way.
Imagine your Facebook page is the shop window and your group is the inside of your shop….
If you’re struggling with what to post where, then comment on the blog post and we can work through it.
If you haven’t got a group then why not sign up to my FREE 7 Day Challenge HERE
Many business women make the mistake of thinking that they have to abandon their feminine side and embrace all things masculine in order to get ahead in business. The truth is that no matter what business you’re in, you will never be truly successful and happy in your if you are pretending to be something that you’re not.
You might think the role of hard-headed businessman is the only way to succeed, but most businesses have more than enough of this type. Their masculine energy rides roughshod over anyone who doesn’t meet their exacting, and often unrealistically high standards. It also silences any disagreement or any creative thinking that might come into conflict with their vision of how things “should” be done.
Feminine energy is a lot less action oriented. It is softer, more creative and flexible. Feminine energy goes with the flow. It doesn’t try to redirect the river.
The Idea of Graceful Flow
The idea of flow is that everything should come to us naturally, without us chasing all over the place after things we think will make us happier, more successful, more. whatever. Flow is about accepting what is good in life without wanting more or pushing it away because we think we don’t deserve it. It is also about attracting the good things in life through correct action. If we work hard on a project, for example, good results will follow.
Flow is also about a vision of how things can be better, but organically. If you want to grow a wonderful rose, you can’t keep tugging at it to make it grow faster. The result would just cause it to wither and die on the vine.
The Secret of the Secret
The very popular book The Secret resonated with a lot of people (myself included) who wanted to learn more about abundance and flow aka Law of Attraction. Instead of exhausting yourself chasing after all the things you want, you can take actions that will make those good things come to you. The result is a lot less stress and a great deal more success and satisfaction.
A lot of people get so caught up in the idea of more – more customers, money, and profits – that they fail to appreciate what they actually have. They get so stressed that their health starts to fail. They also say or do unskillful things which result in poor relationships in the workplace, and unhappy clients who go to businesses who will treat them better.
The Pareto Principle tells us that 20% of your customers are responsible for 80% of your profits. Graceful flow in this case would therefore mean nurturing these relationships as much as possible to sustain them over the long term.
The energy can be directed in a positive, purposeful way, with laser focus – not negative, aimless and anxious. Graceful flow will bring success without having to stress over it, for more harmony and balance, in your community, when attracting clients and within yourself as a female entrepreneur.
Speaking from experience…..
The true meaning of passive income, and why I’m able to step away from my business and still make money
If you know me, you’ll know only too well how much I rave about passive income and the importance that is in anyone’s business.
It’s all good and well serving your clients, working with them day in day out, but jeez that’s exhausting. You might have two big clients on your books that take up all your time and you’re happy generating that level of income. But what if one day one of those clients shuts shop? You’re left with half of your previous income and no backup plan.
I’m guilty of that. Hustling hard, bagging a client, then they leave and I’m right back to square one, skint and hustling again. It’s not really a basis for a strong business. Plus there’s only 24 hours in a day, no one can work all of those, we need to sleep (sometimes eat) and turn our head to acknowledge our families every now and again..
So you know, I truly believe having a form of passive income in your business is truly a must have. Something that you can’t or shouldn’t negotiate on.
I don’t even mean a product, or a single course because you’re always, forever chasing sales.
What I mean is recurring income, every single month. That even when you step away from your business, that money is still coming into your bank.
This year was my year to do that. I built my VIP Tech Angel Club, and now have amazing, powerful, go getting women who are not scared to invest in their business, in themselves paying to be part of such an amazing community every single month.
I can now comfortably step away from my business for 2, 3, 4 weeks knowing they will still be there (I’ve prepared them with TONS of content), and knowing I’m still getting money in the bank.
See, with this in place, I can still work with my 121 clients, and it doesn’t matter if they go (OK it does because I adore all of my clients), but what I mean is, with a passive income stream behind me I have a cushion of income every single month.
So do you have that in the pipeline for 2018? come and tell me about it…
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