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Spiritual Healing Coach for Entrepreneurs
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5 ways to STOP running your business as a hobby
You’ve taken the leap and started a business. But are you actually getting paid? Yes, that can take time. But are you at least setting yourself up to get paid ASAP? A hobby just costs money and it’s time to STOP running your business as a hobby.
If you’ve been in this constant state of business or overwhelm, but haven’t seen the cash flow— keep reading.
A couple months ago, I brought up a question in a group coaching session I was in about budgeting for outsourced work. I explained I had a copywriter helping me with my newsletter but I was paying her a little more than I was earning at the time and my savings were shrinking.
I didn’t realize until after I was commended for gracefully taking the difficult feedback in a constructive way that my mentor just told me something that might be hard for you to hear:
“We don’t start businesses to run them as a hobby. At the end of the day, the most important thing a business owner can do is make sales. If you’re not using the time you’ve saved with outsourcing to make sales & connections that could lead to future sales, you’re running a hobby not a business”
That might not be word-for-word what she said but the essence is there.
What does this bring up for you?
For me, it was exactly what I needed to hear. It didn’t occur to me that building out my connections was the most important thing I could be using my time for. When I outsourced my newsletter, I mostly relaxed around my business and that was a huge lesson to realize.
So what are the 5 way to STOP running your business as a hobby? Let’s get into it.
1. Take Courageous Action
You need to put yourself out there and take uncomfortable action if you want to see growth in your new business.
This means showing up for your business, networking, and asking for the sale. Don’t let lack of confidence stop you, that’s actually a good thing.
Confidence comes from experience, so when you’re trying new things of course the confidence won’t be there yet.
I constantly put myself out of my comfort zone. I’m selling, networking, creating programs, speaking up in group meetings, and I’ve grown so much from it all. If something scares me, I go in that direction because I know it will bring growth.
I network through facebook groups, Clubhouse, and a couple of paid memberships. Through these platforms, I have people I regularly chat with on Instagram and Zoom.
And I’m not just talking to potential clients, I’m connecting with other entrepreneurs. In doing this, I don’t feel alone in building my business and it gives me more courage.
This also helps you to be held accountable, get ideas for your business you wouldn’t have thought of, AND you’ll level up to the people you surround yourself with.
Entrepreneurs are a small sliver of the population and not everyone gets what it’s like so I highly recommend joining a membership or group coaching with other entrepreneurs. Facebook groups work too if you want to start with a free option for now. Anything you can do so you can talk to people who GET IT will help you!
2. Make a Definitive Action Plan & follow through with it
An action plan is such an important step that most people under estimate. No, you don’t NEED to have a business plan but you need to be regularly setting, monitoring, and revising your goals.
With the different parts of business, you need a plan of action. It just makes things so much easier.
For example, having to think of what to post on social media everyday is stressful. But if you plan things out ahead of time weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly, then all that’s left to do is work the plan.
I can’t stress enough how consistency with content is all about planning ahead. Every successful business does this.
If this is something you’re trying to figure out, check out my Intentional Social Media Strategy post here.
3. Have an Awareness of Others
This might sound obvious to some people but you CANNOT just post content or create a product/service based on whatever YOU like. Or what you think is needed. You need feedback from your audience.
Pay attention to what is working in your industry, related industries, current events, facebook groups, etc.
Gather information about what people are actually interested in, what they’re going through, and what they need. The more you can do this, the more opportunities you can see to be that resource or solution.
At the end of the day, a business needs to sell something. That’s up to people outside of your business. So their needs, wants, and desires are essentially more important than yours. Sounds harsh but I mean it with love and there’s so many people on this planet so I’m sure you can find a parallel between something you love and something that is needed.
All I really want to stress with this tip is never assume something will sell if you haven’t gathered any feedback or surveyed your audience.
4. Take Responsibility for the Outcomes of your Actions
The #1 thing that stops entrepreneurs in their tracks is blaming other people for what goes wrong. This is a complete and utter waste of time.
When I offer free calls, I look out for this because it’s draining to work with people who don’t take responsibility.
This is actually really simple. Instead of pointing the figure outwards and blaming things/people for your business not being successful.. POINT IT AT YOURSELF and ask:
What CAN I do?
Asking yourself what you CAN do will light the flame of ACTION. Doing the opposite will keep you stagnant and exhausted.
No one is going to build your dream business for you. Nothing will be handed to you. Take responsibility and ALWAYS look at what action you can do.
Even through difficult moments, there’s something you can do. But put your focus on what can’t be done and you’ll be paralyzed.
PRO TIP: It takes less energy to take a forward action rather than sitting and blaming everything and everyone but you.
5. Collaborate with Others
I’ve been so fortunate to connect with such amazing and inspiring women through instagram and the willingness to collaborate really makes people stand out.
When you can see someone (who might even be a competitor) as a fellow person to grow with, magic can follow. Putting your heads together could birth a new program.
You also benefit from exposure to an established audience when you collaborate with others, so keep your mind open to it.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to relationships. The more genuine relationships you can build, the more opportunities you create for your life and business.
Need more personal direction with running an actual business (not a hobby)? Check out my personal mission statement blog post to develop a map to direct you.