Why Did You Start Your Business?

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Hello everyone. I hope the month of March was productive and profitable for you. If it was then that is awesome and of course, you should do more of the same for the month of April. If you didn't reach your goals for March then maybe it's time to;

STOP

REFLECT

AND ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION BELOW

Why Did I Decide To Go Into Business For Myself?

The answer to that question is different for everyone. But it is the foundational fuel that will push you to be a better entrepreneur.

It will give you purpose, energy, and motivation to redirect your efforts toward making your business a success.

This month we discussed how to solve some the biggest problems with running your holistic practice successfully. We took a look at how you can have more peace in your business and using online tools in your business to make it run better. Finally, we took a look at a few ideas on how to be more productive and make more money in your business.

The bottom-line is it is YOUR business. Your heart and soul should be in it 100%. If you feel you are off track then take a little time now before the next month starts to reflect and redirect your efforts.

I will leave you with some words of encouragement that I shared at the beginning of the month.

You can do this. Your destiny is to use your gifts to help people to change their lives for the better! Now get moving!

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Online Tools To Help You Run Your Business Better

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Are you still running your business like it's 1985?

Writing down ideas on little pieces of paper?

Taking calls on your own personal cell phone?

Missing out on potential clients because no one is there to handle incoming messages?

STOP THE MADNESS!

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Check out this article about how to use online tools to help you run your business better. If your looking for ideas on cool receptionist services check out this post I wrote about some of the leading services available.

If you could wave your magic wand and make one area in your business run smoother what area would that be?

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How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Running A Successful Holistic Practice

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You are ready to change the world one person at a time by helping people with their health and wellness challenges. You completed your training. You have watched countless webinars and attended in person conferences about how to be a successful entrepreneur. 

But you are still not bringing in enough client revenue to do more than break even. 

And now your own personal health is starting to suffer. What is my next step you might be thinking?

Take a step back and learn from others who have reached great success in their health and wellness businesses. Read this post on what The Top Health & Wellness Entrepreneurs wish they would have known before starting their own business. Sometimes it just takes learning what not to do from others to propel us on our way towards success. 

What are some of your biggest problems with running your business? I know that social media and creating consistent content was always a challenge for me but not anymore. What about you?

Stay inspired by checking out this cool motivational quote.  You can do this. Your destiny is to use your gifts to help people to change their lives for the better!

Keep the positive vibes flowing and keep it sunny!

The Tax Time Clock Is Ticking and Making A Mistake Will Cost You Big Time!

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We are here my fellow entrepreneurs. And just like you I hate tax time and don't want to pay any unnecessary money to good ole uncle sam. Read this article to learn how to avoid givin your money away. Also, now is a good time to put a process in place to get your business receipts in order. If you want to use your expenses as a write off then you need actual receipts because bank statements will not substitute. I hope you gain some useful tips to help you navigate the sharky waters of tax time.

 

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Are You On Track For Success In Your Business?

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January is in the record books and February is here.

How is your business doing?

Do you have your goals written down and created a system to reach them?

Are your financial records in order so you can take care of your tax obligations on time?

If not don't worry. There is still time to take a step back and put a plan in place. This month we will focus on business operations and making sure everything is set up to run smoothly. In the meantime check out this post I wrote about how to create more peace in your business. This will get you in the right frame of mind to be the amazing entrepreneur that you are meant to be.

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Are You Ready To File Your Taxes?

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The new year is in full swing and with the chance of a fresh beginning means getting rid of some old things like:  paying taxes.

I know it isn't what you want to hear but it can be relatively painless if you get your ducks in order.

Check out this previous post I wrote about doing just that.

Also, check out the show notes from a recent podcast on Entrepreneur on Fire.  CPA Josh Baurele discussed the implications of the new tax laws and how it could affect small business entrepreneurs.

 

Don't procrastinate.

Start the new year off strong and get your books in shape. 

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STRIPE PAYMENT PROCESSING SOLUTION FOR YOUR CLIENT PAYMENTS

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Your business is thriving and but you're having issues with faulty credit cards and making easy online payment solutions available for your clients. The technology is available and as it is true of most things in our world today: There is an app for that! Check out Stripe as a payment processing solution for your clients.  

An article posted by QuickBooks online states that, "Credit cards have evolved into one of the most common methods of consumer payment, with nearly 60% of U.S. consumers using cards over cash, according to a recent report by the Federal Reserve". It is important that as an entrepreneur that you provide a simple, easy and convenient tool for your customers to use. This will help them pay for your services easily and it will help you collect receivables more efficiently.

Stripe is a great payment solution that comes with a hosted page that is included in its price. This means your customers will not be taken away from your website to make a payment. Unlike PayPal which does have a hosted page but you must upgrade to their pro plan for that feature. Stripe isn't an invoicing program so you need to connect it to your bookkeeping software which is relatively easy.

The fees are comparative to PayPal. Both Stripe and PayPal both charge 2.9%+$.30 per transaction fees.  The major differentiators that I like are that Stripe has a hosted page for clients to go to for online payments, their fraud resolution tools are user-friendly, they integrate with many third-party apps like QuickBooks Online and they are cost competitive with other comparative options.

Give your customers another option to pay for your services online and check out Stripe to see if it can work for you.

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IS IT TIME FOR A BUSINESS CHECKUP?

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We all get busy and if you are a team of one then it can get increasingly hectic to make sure your business is going in the direction you want. You might have a few sleepless nights wondering if your bookkeeping is in order or how to get the shoebox of receipts into your QuickBooks account.

What about writing out a future plan to grow your business? That probably fell by the waste side as you got focused on resolving a client issue. You might have thought about creating some sort of standard operating procedures for your business but got busy wearing your marketing hat. I get it.

Check out a previous post I wrote on this topic that pinpoints some areas to zone in on.  And share some of your administrative challenges in the comments below so we can collectively learn from each other.

 

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Do You Have What It Takes To Run A Health & Wellness Business Online?

Running a successful business is hard work.

Running a business that is focused on helping people be the healthiest

that they can be & using the online platform as your storefront can be

EXTREMELY challenging. 

Is it doable?

Of course it is.

Are you up for the challenge?

That is a question that only you can answer.

While you are pondering this question check out this article I read on

DamyHealth.com and learn about the pros & cons of running a health &

wellness business online.

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I Am Not Making Money

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Does this sound like you? "If I had more time to market I know I could increase my bottom-line. I am so frustrated that my business isn't making more money and I feel like throwing in the towel. This isn't the dream I had in mind when I started my business and it is turning into a nightmare". These are the thoughts of a very unhappy entrepreneur.

As a small business owner I understand that trying to do everything all at the same time AND take care of your marketing efforts to win new clients is a lot of work. I am exhausted just thinking about it. 

But there is a way to make your dreams a reality.

The first order of business is to recognize that you are having a problem. The second order of business is to get some help. Let other professionals such as a bookkeeper or a virtual assistant into your business life.

Do not be fooled into thinking you can do everything that you need to do to keep your business afloat. Start making money by making an investment in a business partnership today. So are you drowning? Tell me what is keeping you from making money in the comments below.

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The Art Of Collaboration In Your Business

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What are the common themes that popular companies like Google, Zappos & Apple possess? Innovation and a company culture that supports collaboration amongst team members. When talented professionals come together and are given permission to use out-of-the-box thinking then magic can happen. 

Are You Blocking Success?

If you want your business to soar higher than you ever imagined then think about how you can use collaboration to achieve innovative results. Working with freelancers, virtual assistant professionals and other consultants may give you the competitive edge you need. When you allow yourself to brainstorm, share ideas and see a different perspective, you move one step closer to reaching success in your business. Are you ready to delegate & collaborate? Share your thoughts with me below.