I love the idea of income reports – the transparency, the strategy – but let’s face it, it’s discouraging when the only ones out there are from people making 5, 6, 7 + figures a month. Their strategies don’t always, or ever, seem realistic for where my business is at. I want to clarify that I’m 5 years and a few failed business models in (including a breakup with a business partner and a significantly profitable PR firm that was burning me the hell out). I’m not at the beginning. So wherever you are, no matter how many times you’ve failed, you still have a journey to go on and a story to tell. And so, as part of My Story to Making $10K a Month, where I’m inviting you to follow along while I figure out how to make 5 figures every 30 days, I’ve decided to do a business and blog income report
Every year you have a business you start to see the ups, downs and do the best you can to make it better. I know I do. These past few weeks I have been working to make sure my business(s) put their best foot forward for the year ahead. Here’s how you can do the same: Year Review: Looking back can be the best way to move forward. Make a list of what happened in 2016. Include events you participated in, networks you joined, press you received and even social media campaigns you ran. Now, break this up into what worked and what didn’t. This is the short list for The Cookie Cups: Daniel Carroll of Hammerback Media states “On a daily basis, search engines and social media platforms are modifying their algorithms that determine result page position and newsfeed exposure levels.” “If you don’t have an Internet marketer on
Do you ever feel like you are trying and failing, but never getting anywhere? Rebecca Marie of Graphic and Web Designer/Owner of Bex Marie has been through the ringer, but she never lets a failure get the best of her. She was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. In her middle school days her passion included teaching herself HTML and how to build websites in her spare time. When college rolled around she decided to give computer science a chance. After realizing you use letters and not numbers, Rebecca said to herself “this isn’t as fun as web design anyway”. After breaking her leg in roller derby, yes this girl does it all, she started a part time job in soapmaking. The more time she spent in the handmade/soapmaker community, the more she found a huge gap for entrepreneurs who couldn’t afford their own graphic design, but wanted help creating their own website. Officially now
When the lovely gems at The Rising Tide Society asked me if I would be interested in contributing a post for Mental Health Awareness Month, I was incredibly honored. This is a community that has provided me with so much love and support throughout the growth of my business. I wrote about my battle with mental health; where my struggle started and how it affected being an entrepreneur. I then talked about the strategies and coping skills I’ve learned, and continue to use time and time again, that help get me through this crazy thing called life. I made a point to mention how necessary it is for us to get comfortable living in our own mental spaces and finished off on a note about self-development. I promise, it’s a really powerful piece and you should go read it here. I used to see my depression and anxiety as a burden –
In 2016 I’ll be celebrating my 6th year as an entrepreneur, and my 10th wedding anniversary. Recently, I’ve been interviewed multiple times about my experience as a business owner and I usually end up talking about my husband, partly because he recently joined the team, and partly because he’s the biggest reason I can do what I do. He’s really supportive of long nights and the other adjustments that come with being in a relationship with an entrepreneur. People have asked me how we make it work and I tell them, “I make our relationship a priority. We were a couple before I started this company, and we’ll be one long after.” The thing is, I understand that it’s easier said than done. When you’re starting a business, and even when you’re finally hitting your stride, it feels like there’s never enough time, money, or energy to make it work.
Who are you surrounding yourself with while on your quest for world domination? Too often we find ourselves so busy just landing clients and running the day-to-day of our growing empires that we don’t make time for others in our lives. It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in our own world and shut people out when we’re in the zone. It’s even easier to find ourselves in that zone when we’ve convinced ourselves that we are doing this business thing on our own – cue the effects of isolation and mental health deterioration. There’s compiling evidence that people who surround themselves in strong, personal relationships not on live longer, but also cope better with stress, and exhibit better overall health. There’s even one study that found doubling your group of friends (IRL people, not online) has the same effect on your wellbeing as a 50% increase in income! Not to mention, it can get
It’s the perfect formula to happiness – setting your own hours, creating something new, being the boss, calling the shots, being idolized for your unstoppable success, living a life of freedom… In theory, the concept of entrepreneurship just sounds so sexy (at least I can feel kind of sexy working from the couch in my favorite dreamy kimono robe). But there’s a dark side. Reaping the benefits of this romanticized career choice requires risks. Gambling with something far more precious than money, time, and security… mental health. The expectations of starting a business are brutal. Everyone around you tells you it’s not going to happen or that leaving your 9-5 to pursue your idea isn’t worth it. You want to prove them wrong. You neglect their forewarnings. Talk yourself up. Read every inspirational article out there on making shit up. You keep telling yourself “you got this”, but slowly, the balls start dropping. You’re