When a client owes you money and won’t pay, not only is it an upsetting experience, it can bring bad energy to the business. But, if it’s a big account, it also has the potential to affect your ability to pay your own bills and team.
Can you imagine losing your home and all your belongings in a fire, and then 10 days later the company you work for closed its doors and you lost your job?
That’s exactly what happened to my guest Francesca Anastasi. And not to mention she also had a young daughter. And despite an active and intense job search, it was right after 9/11 and no one was hiring.
In business there’s never a lack of opportunity to talk about money, and for some reason it’s always awkward, whether it’s asking for the sale, someone wanting a refund or a discount, or to hold their payment, or maybe it’s a team member negotiating their pay, or YOU’RE talking pricing with one of your vendors.
The way you show up in these conversations is KEY to having them be light, easy and graceful.
Have you ever been in a conversation with an acquaintance or someone you just met and you get the feeling they are likely an ideal client for you and you just have no idea how to transition this conversation from small talk to how you can help them? Do you worry if you do that you’ll come across as “salesy” or “sleezy”?
So instead of making an offer you just “hem and haw” around the topic and keep the conversation casual, or worse social. And then the conversation ends and you never know if that person could have been your next perfect client.
Frustrating isn’t it?
Imagine on your next project, event or launch, having all of your expenses taken care of before you even begin!
I was so thrilled when Charmaine Hammond from Raise a Dream agreed to be interviewed and to share her knowledge about how corporate sponsorships are a lucrative (and untapped) revenue source for entrepreneurs.
As entrepreneurs it’s natural from time to time to feel like we’re just so far in over our heads with “to-do’s” that we don’t know how we’re going to get it all done. And unfortunately, that thinking just makes it worse because it shuts down the ability to problem solve and think creatively.
Do you like to get paid but dislike asking for money?
A lot of entrepreneurs and especially women, really struggle to ask for money for their services. They’re not comfortable stating their fees or asking for non-refundable deposits, or they feel awkward asking the client to get current on their payments, or renegotiating when the client wants more than agreed upon.
You know what’s a total buzz kill for freedom? Burnout.
What separates the successful from the strugglers, is the successful do what they gotta do, no matter what.
But you know what? The truth is, sometimes you need a break, and the question is how do you know the difference between when you need to suck it up and push through, and when you need to take a break?
Do you find that no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to replicate the financial success you had in your previous career?
You’re not alone. Early on in my business, I noticed a trend in my masterminds, and with my own clients and colleagues, that those who had REALLY successful corporate careers, seemed to struggle the most in getting their business off the ground.
Here’s the thing – while technical knowledge is important, success in any endeavour ALWAYS comes back to who you’re being and how you show up. And the mindsets, decisions, and behaviours that make a person successful in their employment are usually exactly the opposite of what’s needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.
So if you’ve been also wondering “What Gives?” , don’t worry, you won’t be schlepping burgers or coffee any time soon. You CAN make this happen with just a few shifts on some BIG stuff.
Have you ever dreamt of quitting your job or changing your business model so you could be location independent?
If so, what’s stopping you?
Fear? Thinking “That’s crazy”? Wondering HOW to do it?
The funny thing about a crazy dream, is there’s really no perfect time, and circumstances will never be right. However when you make the decision (as evidence by taking ACTION), it’s amazing how circumstances an opportunities you couldn’t see before, just suddenly line up.
Today I’m interviewing Marketing & Mindset Mentor Simona Ksoll.