Entrepreneurs are everywhere and I keep attracting them. Whether it’s the state of the economy or the state of my being lately – every 2nd person I run into is working for him/herself. Since opening my first lemonade stand on Nashville Ave. back in third grade, I knew this was the only way for me to be. And, I grew up hosting fun fairs, directing plays, selling dolls and crafts, taping flyers on lamp posts to advertise my babysitter’s club, running a cleaning service, freelance writing, selling more crafts, cleaning houses, selling food, and of course holding “real” jobs for people who never appreciated my true talents.
These days, I’ve found ultimate fulfillment in discovering my real self and offering that entirety to the world. So, I work for me, being me. And I get paid for it. Most of the time.
I’m detoxing from the stigma that money once held (in my mind). And, that has set me on a journey toward discovering that my true value will never be measured in dollars – but dollars pay rent and buy that coconut kefir I love so much.
This topic comes up all the time when talking to my new spiritual-preneur friends and those who work in the field of helping sick people get well. No one wants to pay us. Sick people are sick for a reason and don’t have money to spare. We want to help them so badly. We feel drawn to their situation and know we can help. So, we devote ourselves without expecting money in return and wind up falling short on our own bills, missing out on projects that do pay, or realizing we’ve taught them how to make kefir but cannot afford our own coconuts. It gets worse when those folks decide not to take our advice after they’ve asked for it.
Could this pattern of discontent with clients and myself be completely prevented if I set payment standards at the beginning of my transactions? Yes! I believe so. But I also believe that true success with money involves just a bit more conscious thinking.
The best piece of money advice that I have ever received came from a friend, Shauna Aura, whom I was blessed to meet last summer during my Shamanic training. I told Shauna that I could barely afford the class I was taking. I told her that although I’d love to attend one of her classes, I probably couldn’t afford that either. But, it just so happened, that Shauna’s class was called “Money Magic,” and that sparked something huge in me. Could money and spirituality mix? Could I lead a spiritual life and feed my family without guilt?
She told me to simply think of money as a form of energy like everything else. When we do work for others there must be an exchange of energy between us. That exchange could be in dollar form, and in business it often is. Seeing as though I still live in a human world where life takes cash, I would have to come to grips with accepting money from people who I was coaching.
And, so I created the intention to have an even exchange of energy for my work so that I could remain healthy, fulfilled and continue to spread my gifts to others. I’m not the kind of person to hear advice like this and ever look back. But, I have had to set some rules for myself to stay on track. I thought these might help those of you who are running a similar business, or if you are having a hard time getting paid during these “so called” hard economic times.
Money is Energy and Energy is Abundant
There’s enough for everyone! Yeah, I know. I have so many friends out of jobs right now. But, I’d like to focus on the folks I know who are making money. And there are plenty of them. These are people who set their standards and do their job without focus on the actual dollars and cents. These are people who share themselves and don’t get bogged down with thoughts of going broke.
I created a vision board for myself to help manifest the intention of getting paid properly. Surprisingly, it didn’t have much to do with cold hard cash as it did for happiness, survival, contentment, health and (insert any positive vibration). With this, I really discovered more about the type of client I was attracting, the type of job I was doing and my overall feelings of inferiority that kept me poor for so long.
By somehow believing that I shouldn’t be charging I was attracting clients who couldn’t pay. But, a client who cannot pay is a client who really doesn’t want my help. Because there is always a way to pay (more on this in a bit). These clients will beg for my help and praise my every word, but won’t take action in listening to my advice – and in turn they will not heal. Of course this drains me. And I lose connection to paying customers. When someone is paying for services they tend to listen more closely and respect my time.
I have had this experience in all of my business endeavors including freelance writing and lemonade making.
But, I can see this so easily occurring for spiritual and green-preneurs because we often come from a hard place in order to have the know-how to help others out of their problems. And, our work is still considered alternative. So, we wonder if it should be taken seriously. Or we do something crazy and compare ourselves to Jesus or the Dahli Lama and think that we should live in poverty. It is necessary to think of ourselves as individual sparks in a massive stream of wonderful energy. If we nourish our little spark we will bring more light to the world.
I highly suggest creating vision boards to map out your intentions for success. It’s great when you see your dreams in front of your face and realize how easy they are to achieve.
If you create a clear vision and belief that is based in intention to do good and share energy, your money will come to you. But, it will come when you are ready and know what to do with it. I always think that the folks who don’t have to worry about money have either really discovered this truth, or have way too many other problems to deal with that the universe has spared them this heartache.
My financial difficulties have obviously been necessary to bring me here. How else would I be able to help others realize their dreams of prosperity? How else would I be able to recognize the infinite connection of all things?
Energy is Money
You know those family and friends who you just don’t feel right about charging? Well, good! I don’t feel right charging my son for his reiki or my friends for diet advice. When a friend comes to you for help, I advise that you don’t put yourself in a situation where you NEED money from them. This can create negativity between you. Instead, set your boundaries and offer your services in exchange for something they can do for you. This may even be spreading the word about how good you are. And, when your mom needs your help, you will have time because clients will be paying you properly. Family and friends also pay you with the pure joy that comes from being surrounded by blissful people. So, if you can help bring bliss into their lives do it without regret.
Do things for Free
Satisfy your craving for saving the planet by offering free blogs, small seminars, e-books, advice or whatever you can on a small scale to help reach out to those who have not yet found a way of paying for services like yours. This is a great way of spreading your energy into the general public and helping people to understand the value of natural healing, spirituality, and whatever greenish endeavor you have embarked upon.
Get Some Healing
Connect with other healers, artists, entrepreneurs. Especially those who do your type of work and trade services. Keep yourself in check that you are not letting your own practice drain you from providing yourself with what you need. Listen to your body’s message and follow through with what you need to do for you. Remember, the healthier you are the more you can provide the world. Health also clears our perception of energy and allows us more control of our lives
Darling friends, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with making money and exchanging equal energy for the work you do. If you don’t make profit somehow, you may need to go work for someone else’s company where you will have less time to spread your entrepreneurial gifts. Money and gratitude will come when you are ready to embrace it. And, it will grow in your life when you know what to do with it.
Love and Blissings to you all!!
photo credit: Vision Board by amypalko