admin / February 26, 2019

Goals-Keys to Success

I’m a firm believer that by setting goals you’re half way along the road to success.

I’ve set goals for saving money, writing books, losing weight and exercising, and even for projects that need tackling around the house.

Think about the business you want to start or the way you want to start making money. Brainstorm for five minutes about all the tasks you’ll need to do to get where you want to go. Then start breaking them down into baby steps.

For example, overall goal, launching a new graphic design business.

Baby steps might include-getting a web site set up. Getting business cards made. Joining your local chamber of commerce. Having a launch party etc.

One thing you have to do is write down your goals and place them somewhere you can see them. Revisit them every week to check where you’re at and how you’re doing. Even make yourself a vision board (more about these in an upcoming post).

One other thing you need to do is give yourself a deadline. Remember you’re no longer working for someone else and no one’s telling you to do something or when a job has to be completed.

Get in the habit of giving yourself deadlines and let goal setting be one of them.  Some of mine are to get an Etsy store set up so I can start selling my homemade jewelry-deadline May 1st. I’ve also given myself until June 1st to grow Budget Smart Girl with more followers and more traffic.

Get last thing you should do is keep reassessing your goals. What did you achieve, what didn’t you achieve, why, and what can you do to shake things up?

What are your goals? Feel free to share them here at BSG.

admin / February 21, 2019

Do You Know How You’re Going To Make Money?

My post the other day was centered on finding your passion?

The next thing you need to figure out is how you’re going to channel it into something that makes you money.

Are you working a full time job and thinking about taking a side gig? Or do you want to quit your job and take the plunge and launch your own business?

Maybe it’s a bit of both things, you’ll continue to work at your job and launch your own business that you’ll pursue in the evening and at weekends.

Are you going to put a hobby to good use. Maybe you make sweaters or clothes that you can sell online. Perhaps you’re an artist and you’re going to begin making cards to sell on platforms like Etsy.

Or it could be you’ve worked for years in consulting and you’re thinking about being a freelance consultant to other business. Maybe coaching is more your thing.

Brainstorm and write down your talents and what you love doing best and use this as your starting point while you explore which direction you want to go.

admin / February 19, 2019

What’s Your Passion?

Let’s kick off the making money journey with a question.

What’s your passion?

If you had to explain it in one sentence what would it be?

I’m a firm believer in when you choose a business or a side gig, it’s best to go with something that you’re passionate about.

Sure, you can choose the hot trend of the year, something that you know others are making thousands of dollars doing, but if it’s not something that you’re passionate about, it’s not going to last…you’re not going to last.

When you work for yourself, you’ve got no one telling you what to do next, no boss watching over your shoulder making sure it gets done so it’s all to easy to let things slide and before you know it you’re back looking for a regular job.

Being passionate about something prevents that from happening. It’s fun, it’s the reason you get out of bed in the morning.

Working for yourself is tough. The people who say it isn’t have never tried it. Even after working for myself for the last twenty years, I still get days when I want to throw in the towel because someone’s not appreciated how much hard work I’ve put into a project. Someone leaves a snarky remark or the project that you thought would bring in more money fizzles and dies. However, you don’t quit because this is something that you love doing and you keep on wanting to share your passion with the world.

So before we dive in deep to starting a business, launching a side line gig or even starting to think about ways you can make money, think about your passion.

Write it down, keep it handy because it will not only help you narrow down what you should be doing to make money but keep you motivated on the days when you want to call it quits.

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