If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times from my friends, clients, and colleagues: “Please help me make money. I’m spending more than I earn!”
“Help Me Make Money Doing What I Love !!”
Business owners, all of the ones I know anyway, are a beautiful, passionate lot. They (we) go into business because they (we) want to make a difference and an income. We want to make money doing what we love.
Did you ever see the movie Stranger Than Fiction with the star-studded cast Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah, and Dustin Hoffman? Watch it! Or watch it again! Perky, quirky love interest Ana Pascal is a Harvard Law School drop-out who decides that a better way to make a difference and an income is to bake cookies (her passion) at a small bakery. [Imagine trading law books for macaroons… mmm tempting!]
While doing what we love is a noble ambition, we must be certain that (1) we offer what people need and will spend money on, (2) we have a plan for building and growing our business, (3) we have ongoing support. Passion is not enough.
“Help Me Make Money Fast !!”
As for “get rich quick” schemes and strategies, I suppose some of them work well enough without landing good folk behind bars.
Yet, when I hear about someone entering a profession or starting her own business, thinking she’ll make it to the top quickly and effortlessly, I sigh.
Truth be told: I don’t know a single person who’s “achieved success” without a significant investment of effort… and a significant investment of time… and, dare I say it?, a significant investment of $$$.
Before you decide to go into business for yourself, realize that patience, prayer, and perseverance are vital to your success. If you’re not willing to invest…
- time and money in learning how to be a successful entrepreneur
- time and money in creating systems, products, and programs
- time and money in surrounding yourself with people of integrity who can help you along the way…
Then don’t bother applying for a business license.
“Help Me Make Money — And Still Feel Good About Myself !!”
There you have it. Many many many many many women (yes, women) have trouble making money and feeling good about themselves. “Help me make money, but not too much!”
No, I haven’t taken any official polls. I haven’t done any online research. I just know it to be true.
There seems to be something inside us that says:
“Serving others is supposed to be selfless. If we ask for too much money in return, then our service is mystically sullied, tainted, impure. It’s not real service!”
With that kind of thinking, we’re destined to become classic “under-earners.” How do we escape from such self-sabotaging notions?
- By asking ourselves hard questions
- By facing the truth
- By getting help
Could be you need a counselor to help you. Or a pastor, rabbi, business mentor, friend.
Perhaps you need to be in a small group, surrounded by people who can relate to your money concerns.
Perhaps you need to be a in a small group where you can be guided by coaches who’ve been there too.
Business owners face trials and challenges for sure; most of them have to do with… you guessed it… their money mindset.
Want some help?
If you consider yourself a Christian Woman Entrepreneur who wants to/needs to Overcome Under-earning, check out our next small group True Prosperity.
My colleague Beth Scanzani and I would be honored to help you increase your influence and your income so you can make the difference you’re here on earth to make.
“Help Me Make Money!” is a noble and honest request — no shame there.
Just make certain you have the following ingredients on hand before you embark on your own baking/business venture:
- plan of action, and
Let’s Make a Difference and a Profit! Shall we?
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