It used to be that you needed a college degree or a government job to live the good life, but today, that just ain’t the truth. Now that we have the worldwide web, just about any skill or service can be turned into a lucrative business. The secret is figuring out how. Thanks to hours of personal development obsession and my own business ventures, I’ve got ideas to share with my fellow business women.
Have A Plan (With Hardcore Plans For Flexibility And Opportunity)
Mary Shelley said, “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” Plans are essential to finding this purpose. They fuel our purpose by giving us a map to navigate by. They get us to create goals, devise strategies, and set sail for a destination.
A purposeful plan gives us drive, focus, and direction that’s so vital to this journey. But while we’re planning for our next grand destination, we also need to plan on staying open to changing routes and making side stops. If we’re stuck on getting to our destination by taking one single pre-planned path, we’ll drive right by opportunities without giving them a moment’s glance. We have this idea that a successful journey is in a certain the path, but it’s the journey itself. So, make plans, but stay flexible and seize the opportunities.
Find Your Advantage
If we want to deliver cutting-edge services and showcase outstanding practices, we’ll obviously need to discover and develop our business skills. However, that’s just one small part of the puzzle. Our individual passions and experience and ideas give us all a truly unique edge and specialty. We need to know what we’re interested in, skilled with and –most importantly — what we actually enjoy doing.
Once we know what drives and excites us we can ask the next very important question… What does the world need that we have to offer? Thanks to the “gig” economy and online freelancing, just about anything can be turned into a profitable business service. Especially when we have something to offer that the world needs. Our own Tiffany Pham used this idea to create her business, and that’s why Mogul is the wild business success it is.
Use Emotional Intelligence
As women, we get a bad wrap for being “too emotional.” But guess what? It’s one of our greatest assets! Emotional intelligence is everything to business success. Awareness of other people’s moods and feelings is a huge factor in creating solid relationships. Moreover, being tuned into our own feelings and listening to our gut instinct is an easy way for us to decipher a po
sitive situation from a potentially-disastrous one. Tim Ferriss says, “If it’s not a hell yeah, it’s a no.” Our emotions make the difference between “hell yeah” and “no” as clear as crystal. Tune in and listen up.
Know SOMETHING About Business Finances
I’d rather hang myself than talk numbers and budgeting, but it’s a necessity. Taking a road trip from Point A to Point D can be done on a whim, but we’re gonna find ourselves stuck on the side of the road if we don’t know how much cash we have and we’re not taking care in how we spend it. Knowing what we need and what we have will help us avoid hangups and expensive pitstops. If you want to a heads-up on financial know-how and resources, check out Quickbooks guide for starting and financing a business (like a girl boss).
Find A Mentor (Or Twenty)
We already know a plan gives us a map to help navigate by. Well, find someone who has already succeeded in this journey, and the trip will run smoother than ever.
Insights, shortcuts, and handy tricks can shave a whole lot of time and trouble off the trip. That can only make the journey more fulfilling — and fun! Finding professional and legit mentoring is a damn good move (there’s a reason they get paid to advise people after all).
Of course, not all of us may have the extra cash to hire such valuable help. But that’s okay because YouTube, libraries, and podcasts are full of free mentoring. Some of my personal favorites are the MindValley channel, Project Yourself videos, the Tim Ferriss Show, The Tony Robbins Podcast, Vibrant Happy Women, Addicted 2 Success, and The School Of Greatness. And let’s not forget that Tiffany Pham offers her Mogul mentor program for just $19/month. Mentors don’t get any more affordable than that!
Network Through Giving Instead Of Getting
There are many smart ways to build strong networking relationships, but there’s one theme that drives their success: Giving. By networking from a giving stance, our focus is on what we have to offer people and how we can benefit them.
The typical network stance of “getting” is exactly like this, except that the focus is on what people can do for a business instead of what a business can do for the people. Giving may take more of an investment in time and money, but the “getting” approach will never have the return of the “giving” approach.
Add Value To The World
The best advice billionaire Tony Robbins says he ever received was to find his passion and find a way to use it so he could do more for others than anybody else. An excellent example of this is Dani Johnson of Destiny Global. This woman went from being a homeless coked-out waitress to being a multi-millionaire entrepreneur. And in just two years. Her value to the world? She is pushing a whole new shift in marketing by focusing on building relationships. She educates and speaks on business sense, “spiritual equipping,” and building a legacy. On top of that, she strives to give away a million dollars every month so children have food, clothing, and shelter.
But it doesn’t stop there. She’s also helping to build homes for the impoverished, create orphanages, and provide safe havens for children rescued from sex-trafficking. Now, we may not have the cash flow or nonprofit organizations to build children shelters, but we can still find ways to use our business to add massive value to people’s lives. Creating a business that’s considerate, understanding, supportive, helpful, and community-focused will get people to wander through our door. And you better believe it’ll keep them coming back.
Are you inspired enough yet? Now go rock it, ladies! We’ve got this!
This article was originally published on Mogul.