The 5 crucial tips I teach to every new entrepreneur I work with

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I remember when I knew I was going to be my own boss - I was a little girl, you know, the age when it actually dawns on you to ask your parents what their jobs are?  That age.  I asked my dad what his job was, and he says “I’m my own boss - I build houses.” And that’s when I knew.

Not the build houses part - that sounded terrible to 5 year old me - but the being your own boss part sounded amazing.  Now, I was a pretty bossy child & was constantly told not to be so bossy, but the idea that when I’m a grown-up, I’ll be able to be the boss of something sounded really good. 

So, that’s what I did. I jumped in when I was 15, I’ve started 7 businesses, and they grew from lemonade stands & craft fairs to an online education + coaching business.

And it’s been the best decision of my life so far.  Truly.  

I love being an entrepreneur.  I love being my own boss.  I love helping others start their businesses.  I love helping people make simple tweaks that make them more money.

But, I know not everyone had a lightbulb moment in pre-school where their career aspirations were decided for you.

And I know that jumping in and starting a business is scary (because I’ve done it 7 times.)

But what breaks my heart is when people know they want better for themselves. know they want to start a business, but for whatever reason, they don’t feel confident enough or ready enough to just jump in and do it.

If this sounds like you - I’m hosting a #5FigureBizPlan challenge on Jan 28 - Feb 1 2019, and I’ll be teaching you how to outline the foundation of a 5 figure business that supports your best life.  It’s totally free + it’s my favourite thing that I’ve done in a long time.  If you’d like to jump in, just sign up at the link below! 

So, without further ado,  I’m going to share my five favourite tips for the future CEO’s in the crowd - the people who are ready to stop holding themselves back + jump in.


MINDSET

This is the first thing to work on - because it will sneak up on you + sink your ship.  Being an entrepreneur takes a lot of motivation.  The downside of not having a boss tell you what to do is not having a boss to tell you what to do.  You have to be a self-starter + you have to have enough confidence to stick with a strategy even if it doesn’t seem to be working (which is a part of the process for pretty much all strategies you’ll apply). 

Working on your mindset is a fancy way of saying that you’re keeping your thoughts positive, you’re acting as though you have all of the opportunities you’ll ever need to be successful, and you’re taking care of + loving yourself for all of the awesomeness you do.  It means not getting hung up on unanswered emails, bad sales months + negative self talk. 

It’s not easy, but taking care of yourself + being aware of your mindset will have a bigger impact on your business than any strategy, website or logo ever could.



MONEY 

It’s important to have a constant awareness of the money flowing in + out of your business.  It can be tempting to close your eyes + ignore your businesses finances (because, let’s face it, not everyone feels great about money) but this will only make running your business harder. 

 I was a year into my business before I started looking at my finances.  I wanted to avoid them.  I didn’t like to look at the money I was (or wasn’t) making.  But that left me feeling out of control of my business, disempowered, and not at all how I imagined feeling when I pictured this when I was 5.  

So - keep an eye on your money.  At the very least, a spreadsheet that shows the money in + the money out for every month.  It feels really boss, I’m not gonna lie.



SELF-CARE

I know running a business can feel like you’ve got 1000 things on your to-do list, and that taking care of yourself is a thing of the past, but whatever self-care looks like for you has to be on your schedule.  You have to take time for yourself, to shut your brain off, to laugh + have fun, or you’re gonna burn out,  it’s as simple as that.  

And burn-out isn’t just being tired.  Burnout can land you in the hospital.  Burnout isn’t something to push through.  Burnout is a big deal, my friends.  So make time for yourself.  No one else will.  


BE CHOOSY ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY

There’s a saying that you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with - and I think that’s true.  I’m not saying to ditch all of your besties, but if you’re constantly surrounded by negative, unambitious people, they’ll will undoubtedly slow your progress.  

f you’re serious about moving forward, try adding some high energy, positive + ambitious people to your inner circle. whether that’s through meeting them in real life, or listening to great podcasts with awesome hosts while you get ready.  Surrounding yourself with the energy of ambitious go-getters is a great choice. because that energy will undoubtedly rub off on you (and who doesn’t want to look for some great friends that will improve their life??)


KEEP SHOWING UP

I have mental illness + chronic pain - so please, understand that I am in no way telling you to work 18 hour days, skip your sleep, or sacrifice your health.  What I am saying is that you should make an effort to set aside some energy everyday (or almost everyday) for your business.  For me, sometimes that’s 2 hours, and sometimes, when I get into a groove, it’s 9.  Just keep your business top of mind + do your best to check in on it consistently so that you keep moving your business forward.  

My business has fallen to the bottom of my priority list before - and if you’re worried about setting the right priorities, here’s how I make it work.  First, I take care of myself:  This means eating well, going outside + exercising regularly.  Then, I prioritize my family.  For me, that just means my honey & my bad cats (at least, that’s where I’m at right now).  Then, my business.  Then, everything else.  And for me, that’s perfect.  But if that’s not perfect for you, make some changes - just make sure your business is on that list.

Okay, so that’s my best tips for newbie entrepreneurs who are ready to make this happen (but aren’t sure how).  If there’s nothing else that you take from this article - please please PLEASE take care of yourself while you start your business & know that whether you are aware of it or not, you’ve got this.  The right strategies will take you far, but what takes you the farthest is simply committing to your business + yourself.


If you’ve read this + you’re thinking “you know what?  I think I’m ready!” Then I think I have the perfect thing for you.  I’m hosting a challenge from Jan 28 - Feb 1st 2019 to help you create a #5FigureBizPlan that you’ll actually stick to + follow so that you can get results.  If that sounds interesting to you, just sign up at the link below!  

I hope this catches you on a great day + gives you the inspiration you need to try something new + bet on yourself.

Lotsa love,

Andrea

EP 52 - MY HONEST OPINION ON EMAIL LISTS + MAKING THEM WORK IN YOUR BIZ.

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This is episode one of two episodes on email marketing episodes where I give you my honest opinion on email marketing strategies, business strategy + online business strategy. Since being intentional about my email list was the main thing I did to uplevel my business last year, I knew I had to share this with you. This episode is perfect for you if you want to be more intentional + grow your profits this year in your business & you're wondering if email marketing is the way to do that.

Some of the links I’ve mentioned in this episode -

Email Lists 101 - The Goal Digger Podcast

Vanessa Ryan - Opt in QUEEN

EP 51: 5 Ways To Jumpstart Your Sunday For Your Best Week Ever

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This episode is for the people fighting the #SundayScaries and dread mondays in a major way.. Jessica Lauren from No Real Jewelry + the Sunday Jumpstart Podcast came on The Energetic Entrepreneur to share her top 5 things to do on a Sunday to set yourself up for a successful, productive week.

If you want to connect with Jessica, definitely check out The Sunday Jumpstart Podcast & read her lifestyle blog, No Real Jewelry. You can also find her on instagram @norealjewelry.

EP 50 - My 2019 Resolutions + How to Stick to Your Resolutions

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Happy New Year, entrepreneurs! I'm so excited about this episode!

Today, I'm breaking down my resolutions for 2019, looking back on 2018 and what that meant for me, and I'm sharing where I'll be focusing my energy to reach my goals. I'm also going to talk about building new habits that make your goals more reachable, so that you can also look forward to growing your business and improving your life this year.

I know that 2019 is going to mean big things for a lot of people, myself included - but if you're finding this after the new year, know that you can decide on a fresh start at any point, and that I'm excited to go on this journey with you.

If you'd like to connect with me, share your goals, or just show your love for this episode, instagram is my favourite place! You can find me @andreao.co.

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EP 46: 5 Systems New Entrepreneurs Can Implement Today with Chelsea B Foster

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If you're a new business owner who's a little overwhelmed + is looking to take some of their time back, this is the episode for you. Chelsea B Foster is the guest on this episode + she's sharing 5 systems that you can implement TODAY to create more space in your business. All things business automation. strategy & scaling for business newbies.

If you'd like to hang out with Chelsea online, you can find her WebsiteInstagram + Podcast here.

YOU CAN HANG OUT WITH ME HERE:

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Thanks for hanging out with me! I hope this episode fills your sails & waters your roots.

EP 44 - LIVING LIFE AS A GLOWING ENTREPRENEUR WITH MARTINA FINK

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Today on the podcast, I'm talking to literal beacon of light, Martina Fink. Martina is a health coach based in Zurich & she is a powerhouse. She teaches all about how to live a glowing life on her podcast, her social media & through coaching packages + retreats.

In this episode, she shares what it means to live a glowing life, how that can look for you & how to tune in to really tap into your best self.

If you'd like to hang out with Martina online, here's all of her links

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I hope this episode fills your sails & waters your roots!

Until next time,

Andrea

how to up level and Reach your goals in 2019 (+ beyond!)

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So, here’s the thing about goal setting - but hear me out, because I have a kind of unpopular opinion.  Goal setting is all well + good, but people spend a lot of time on MAKING goals instead of REACHING them, especially when it involves working on your business goals.  And please know, I understand.  I understand that making goals can be intimidating, that it’s easy to convince yourself that creating the perfect goal will mean that it gets done perfectly, that the idea of failing at something is enough to make us freeze + stop taking action altogether. 

I know that + I hear you - those are all the reasons that I get nervous about setting goals myself.

But at the end of the day, I think we need to stop focusing so much on setting the perfect goal + start focusing on REACHING them.  Even if your goal isn’t perfect.  Even if you are a little nervous you might be going in the wrong direction.  

Making it a habit to reach your goals does something wonderful for you - not only have you reached a goal, you’ve shown yourself that you are a finisher.  You get things done.

So, no, I’m not here to tell you how to set goals - I’m in the business of reaching them.  Is setting the right type of goal important?  Yes, but for most of you, it’s secondary.  If you’ve got a good idea of your business + your goal is related to moving it forward, then just commit + do it - because a lot of you are so close.  

The goals you’re making are focused enough to move you forward, but you’re wasting time and half committing because you’re not sure if your revenue goal should be $30,000 or $50,000.  Because it’s easier to half-commit, fail + blame the plan than it is to really commit, dig deep + work in uncertainty.

And that mindset is holding you back.

Since I’m in the business of goal reaching - here’s my big tip.  But I’ll tell you now, it’s nothing new, I think you might just need to hear it again: 

You need to focus on your goal.

Period.

Imagine you’re running a race - you’re on the track team and you’re in your little lane, ready to go.  You don’t know if you’re the fastest, strongest, or best in the lineup - but you’re in your lane, ready to run, and the goal is the finish line.  When the gun is shot + the race starts, you’re going.  You’re getting to that finish line.  There’s probably other stuff you need to do that day, but it’s race time, and when it’s race time, that’s all you worry about.

Another thing that helps a lot is to know where you’re going.  Know where you’re putting your feet.  The big goal is the finish line, but where do you have to put your feet to get there? What actions can you take to actually achieve this goal?  It’s easy to understand when you think about running a race - you run to the end of your lane, that’s where you go + the way is more or less clear.  But when it comes to business goals, do you know where you’re going?  Do you have milestones, or mini-goals, that signify the regular progress you make along the way?  

I talk to a lot of business owners about reaching their goals - and these two things always seem to be the game changers.  They seem obvious, so we don’t pay attention to them & it slips between the cracks - but when you have goals you want to reach, you really can’t pay enough attention to them.

When someone comes to me asking about a certain goal, I always start working on it by asking “are you consistently dedicating enough energy to that goal?” I ask this because when a goal starts to get difficult, or hard to achieve, it’s natural to want to spend less energy on it - and it might even start to slip from our schedule without us noticing.  It’s normal, so don’t worry about it, but make sure to be deliberate about the high-quality energy that you’re spending on this goal.

Then, I ask the second question, and this one’s a little harder.   I ask “What small steps are you taking to reach your goal?”  This is crucial, because if you don’t know the action steps to your goal, it doesn’t matter how much energy you dedicate to it - it’s just not going to work out.  Small action steps are the key to moving from goal-setting to goal-reaching.

I know that growing a business + reaching your goals can be intimidating, but this work is worth it.  Reaching your goals is not only a great way to improve your life + biz in general, but it makes you feel more confident and capable when other challenges come up.  This wasn’t something that came naturally to me - the early days of running my business left me feeling overwhelmed and incapable.  I constantly felt like there was something wrong with me - and I’d really made a big leap to pursue this business over going back to school + starting a career in corporate Public Relations.  I was terrified but optimistic, and even though it was slow going at first, I never quit on myself, instead, I committed to constantly improving + bringing my best self to the table.  I decided that I was a finisher, and that my goals were non-negotiable.

I’d love to say that this shift was all me, but while I did a lot of the work on my own, I have to credit my incredible brand designer + coach, Maria Wendt, for helping me make this shift.  She was an incredible sounding board + gave me lots of direction as I worked to grow my business, and I’m so grateful for how much care she showed me + how much support she’s given me throughout this process.  Talking to her made my goals seem a lot more doable, and it taught me to inspire this shift in myself and to how to bring this shift forward in other people.  So, that being said, it’s okay if you’re not a natural at this yet.  Almost no one is.

Now, I teach people to succeed through reaching their goals - after making this major change in my mindset, I went from being a productivity coach to a Success + Energy Strategist, and I help entrepreneurs break their goals down, focus their energy, and create action plans that actually get things done.  I work with + support entrepreneurs with big goals + dreams, but not enough time or energy to make them happen.  I’m so grateful that I took the time to work on my own goal-reaching, because this is something that not only grew my business + life, but helped me show up for my clients in a bigger way to get them the results they really craved.  I even have a package all about goal reaching - you meet with me, share about your goals + biz, I make a 90-Day Action Plan for you with 12 weekly milestones to meet, we meet again to set you on your way, and BOOM, you’ve got a roadmap to crush your goals.  And on top of that, I also create a checklist of daily tasks that will move your business forward, so that every single day you’re moving towards your goal.

So, here it is.  My method to take overwhelmed entrepreneurs from goal-setting to goal-crushing. It’s pretty basic - you just need to set aside energy in your everyday life + break your goal down into action-steps.  And when I share this method + work with people, I always promise them this: if you make a commitment to consistently reaching your goals, you will live a life you’ve never dreamed of.  Because the thing is, not only are you reaching your goals + getting the goods from that, you’re also discovering how unlimited your potential is + how capable and confident you really are - and that’s the type of stuff that changes lives.

If you’re ready to start crushing your goals, my advice to you is to get started.  Today. My method is a great place to start if you’re a little overwhelmed by your goals and you want to keep it simple, but the thing is:  it’s up to you to follow through + be the finisher that I know you can be. Trust me, if I can be a finisher, you can too.

But, if you’d like a little extra support to crush those big goals + make things happen in your life, then I’m your girl.  I break down goals in a way that gets them done + works with your life, and because I’ve streamlined my method + process so much, you’ll be well on your way with your 90-Day Action Plan in a few weeks.  If you’d like to check it out, you can get more info here.  

I’m so proud of you for showing up + investing energy into your goals - it’s not easy work to do.


Lotsa love,
Andrea

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EP 43: INTRODUCING THE ENERGETIC ENTREPRENEUR

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I'M GOING TO KEEP THIS SHORT & SWEET - THIS EPISODE IS ALL ABOUT MY SHIFT TO BEING AN ENERGETIC ENTREPRENEUR & WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME AS WE MOVE FORWARD!!

And, if you'd like to hang out with me online, you can find me on instagram @andreao.co

I hope this episode fills your sails & waters your roots! I’ll talk to you next time!