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20 Keys to Successful Self-Employment

March 23, 2011
new office

20 Keys to Successful Self-Employment

WRITTEN ON AUGUST 10, 2010 BY SANDY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

http://thedreamingcafe.com/2010/08/10/20-keys-successful-selfemployment/

Sandy gives some great tips on being a successful entrepreneur and I wanted to share these tips with you.

1. Believe in your ability to accomplish what you have set out to do.

2. Believe that you have something of value to offer.

3. Believe in your ability to present your expertise in ways that will benefit others.

4. Believe in yourself and your dreams even when no one else does.

5. Seek out inspiration on a daily basis.

6. Find a community of support that will be there to encourage you and cheer you on when needed.

7. Take responsibility for your own success by creating a plan and working your plan.

8. Take action every single day no matter how small a step.

9. Challenge yourself and take a giant leap every now and again.

10. Be clear about what you want and define what success means to you.

11. Create both short-term and long-range goals and action plans to go with them.

12. Evaluate your progress on a consistent basis and ask yourself if you are meeting your goals and why or why not?

13. Keep doing what needs to be done whether you feel like it or not.

14. Recognize when to push and when to slow down.

15. Take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually.

16. Spend less than you earn.

17. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, develop multiple profit centers.

18. Start with one idea, develop it, roll it out, evaluate the results and repeat.

19. You don’t have to do it all yourself; ask for help and collaborate with others.

20. Invest in lifelong learning and building relationships, both personally and professionally.

ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Military Transition Specialist and Creative Career Specialist, and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She loves it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go to www.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

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Fear – Taking a Step Back

March 9, 2011
Curveball

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I’ve been incognito for a few weeks due to life throwing out a few curve balls so I needed to take a step back, reevaluate my business and remember why I do what I do.

During this time I realize how fragile life can truly be. I got a call about a very good friend of mine a couple of weeks ago to tell me that they where in the hospital and that things had turned for the worst after they went in for a simple procedure. Then I received another call telling me that one of my aunts was in the hospital having her on battle going on.  With their lives hanging in the balance, one of the things I was reminded of was how so many of us live our lives in misery on jobs that we dislike/hate. You allow yourself to stay in this state due to many reasons and one of those reasons is FEAR! Fear of staying where we are, Fear of going forward, Fearful to take a chance, Fearful to step out of your comfort zone and start working at what you love. You have all these passions and dreams locked inside, but allow “FEAR” to paralyze you into not moving at all and staying right where you are. How sad. You would whether stay locked  into jobs you dislike/hate and not take a chance of living the life you love and desire. Because, you are more comfortable in the prison you have set up for yourself you choose  to not move at all! Again, how sad.

Yes it is possible even in this economy to finally take the necessary step(s) you need to work at what you love. I watched an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America with the First Lady – Michelle Obama and one of the questions she was asked is what should a person do that can’t find a job in this economy? My answer to that is CREATE and START your own business. There are many businesses out there, that don’t cost you an arm and a leg and that you could start and would love doing.

Here are a few websites to checkout in finding a home based business that might be of interest to you: http://www.cooljobs.com, http://www.backdoorjobs.com, http://www.fabjob.com

Don’t wait until a tragedy strike your life and/or you find yourself in a hospital bed wondering why didn’t I do “you fill in the blank”  sooner or be one of those people who allowed the dash between your birth and death be filled with regrets because you were “FEARFUL” to step out of your comfort zone! Use that FEAR to move you toward taking the necessary steps to achieve your dream(s)

My friend and aunt are both doing better, but they still have some recovery work ahead of them!!

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Military Transition Specialist and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She loves it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go to www.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

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Entrepreneurs take chances despite economy

February 4, 2011

There are many benefits for owning your own home business, but in this blog I’m going to discuss only 5 of those reasons

1. You don’t have to worry about commuting to work – Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American fact finder http://tinyurl.com/4tveu7l a person spend 25.1 minutes on average commute.

2. When the weather is nasty outside you don’t have to worry about not being able to get to work or having a work stoppage. Due to this week’s bad weather across the country a lot of businesses had to shut down due to the owners and employees were not able to get to work.

Taken by Karen Heck outside my home

3. You have minimum or not at all overhead cost. You don’t have to worry about the cost of rent for a building and everything that comes with that, you do not have to worry about a payroll, and last, but not least, you don’t have to worry about purchasing new clothes and/or worry about what you have to wear to work.

4. With gas prices and the cost of food on the rise, these will be fewer things that you won’t have to worry about providing every day. You can set your own work hours.

5. If you have children – child care for younger children is another cost you can save on. When your children are sick or those unexpected days off from school you don’t have to stress about finding someone to take care of them or worry about taking time off work.

If you’re an entrepreneur and thinking about starting/creating your own business, but worried about starting it in this economy, click on the link and watch the attached video from 2 News Work for You – Entrepreneurs Taking a Chance

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Military Transition Specialist and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She loves it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go to www.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

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Believe

December 29, 2010
BELIEVE

Before this year ends I want to urge you to truly believe in what the New Year has to offer. Not only do I want you to believe I want you to be ready to take action!

The following is an excerpt from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

First we have to believe, and then we believe. ~G. C. Lightenberg

As the season of Believing seems to wind down for the rest of the world, please let me gently make something very clear. Many dreams still wait in the wings. Many aspirations are just within our grasp if we keep stretching. Many hungers need nourishment. Many yearnings must be acknowledged so that they can be fulfilled. Many authentic sparks must be fanned before Passion performs her perfect work in you. Throw another log on the fire.
This is not the day you quit.
This is not the day you cry.
This is the day you stare down every naysayer in your life who doesn’t get it yet. Because You do. Finally. And now you know that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This is the day you shout, “I Believe!” Keep on shouting it until you’re hoarse. No more muttering under your breath.

So keep on believing that you have the passion, intelligence, brilliance, creativity, wisdom, clarity, depth, and savvy to find that quiet center of solace, serenity, and strength necessary to create and sustain an authentic life. Every day is the prayer. An authentic life is the most person form of worship. When you start believing, you’ll discover that all things are really possible.

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

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Never throw out Anyone, including Yourself!

December 15, 2010

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. ~ Audrey Hepburn

I want to add to the end of Miss Hepburn’s quote, including yourself. When we are in that limbo stage of staying where we are or taking that step forward into the unknown we tend to forget about ourselves and only think about everything and everyone else. When you start your new business or you’re looking for ways to increase your client base don’t forget that you also have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; so never throw “yourself” out, by putting yourself on the back burner. Take care of yourself as you’re putting in those long hours of building your business, getting ready for the holidays and all that that brings into your life! There’s a Haitian Proverb that says “Beyond the mountains there are mountains again,” so you have to continue through the process by taking a step back, breath, look at the progress you’ve already accomplished, the goals you’ve already achieved, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done so far. If you burned out then you will not be any good to your clients, your business, your family, or yourself, and those mountains that won’t go away will seem too hard to climb so you will hit that proverbial wall and do nothing.

Coming next month I’ll be doing a series on success you don’t want to miss your copy of Give Yourself Power blog so make sure you subscribe to my blog to automatic get your copy!

Do you know of any veterans who have recently re-entered the civilian world or have a military loved one getting ready to transition into civilian life? If so, buy them a great Christmas gift and a New Year filled with living their passion by offering our services at http://www.giveyourselfpower.com. As a veteran and retired military SSgt, I understand the unique situation veterans who have been out and still looking for the right fit for themselves and military personnel face when they leave the military deciding on what it is they truly want to do now that they are separating or retiring.

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

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Do You Know Your Own STRENGTH?

December 1, 2010
Whitney Houston - Central Park, NYC   Septembe...

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As Whitney Houston made her come back last year one of the songs on her new album is called – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength. As I was listening and reading these words, I realized that there have been times, even now, that I don’t know my own STRENGTH. As I recognized this I also realized if I don’t always know my own STRENGTH, then, that means some of my own readers don’t know their own STRENGTH either!

Not just in life, but in business also, we are a strong and resilient people! Strong means – able to bear or endure, able to withstand stress or violence: not easily broken or injured, having or exhibiting moral or intellectual force, endurance, or vigor, and effective or efficient especially in a particular direction: able to accomplish a result. Resilient means – to jump back, rebound, capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture, moving swiftly back, and tending to regain strength or high spirits after weakness or depression.

You can carry out whatever it is you set your mind to if you can just recognize your own STRENGTH, take that all important first step and action, and not allow yourself to lose sight of your passion and dreams. Every time I acknowledge, accept, and believe in my own STRENGTH I accomplish more than I thought I ever could. You can too. God gives us all that we need to move forward, make great and powerful things happen if we just believe in “ALL” that He has given us within!

I’m not saying that the road will always be easy, but I am saying that if you fall you can get back up and start again. As Whitney says in her song “I’m was not built to break”  and neither or you! Enjoy her video from YouTube – Whitney Houston – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength and allow the words to truly sink into you and your spirit and see what you’ll be able to do before the end of this year and in next year, both in your business and personally! I challenge you to just take that first step towards your goals, dreams, and passion – Do it for you, you deserve it.

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

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Your view of money may affect how you run your business!

November 18, 2010
Obverse of the Series 2006 $20 bill

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Have you had it? Owing? Borrowing? Can’t have it? Can’t buy it? ~Les Brown

Excerpt taken from Acts of Faith, Daily Meditations for People of Color by Iyanla Vanzant

 

Something is wrong when, as children, we are kept in the dark about money. So often, because our parents view money as an issue to struggle with, they do not talk to us about it. As children, many of us were not allowed to question anything, so we never asked about financial issues. To some, money was used as a punishment or reward. Tis molded and shaped our views about it. In other cases, our parents used money as a weapon against each other or against us. How can we expect to be financially responsible if we never received positive instructions about money?

Well, now it’s up to us. We owe it to ourselves, our self-esteem and our future to get the right idea about money. Many of us feel ashamed, guilty or uncomfortable when we ask questions about money. What we ned to accept and realize is that those who ask questions do not lose their way.

Money is nothing to be afraid of.

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen@giveyourselfpower.com – email             http://www.facebook.com/GiveYourselfPower              http://www.twitter.com/KarenMHeck http://www.linkedin.com/in/karenheck

How has your view of money affect how you run your business? 

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