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Spiritual Business Marketing – 3 Major Mistakes You Must Avoid

If you are a Spiritual Business Owner who wants to help, heal and reach more people with your talents, gifts, skills and unique capabilities then you really do need to be serious about learning how to marketing your self, a website or a product with integrity and authenticity.

This is how to start truly growing your spiritual business.

You will most definitely want to turn around these marketing mistakes and remember to not only avoid them, but only do what works for you with ease, grace and ‘divine flow’!

Spiritual Business Marketing Mistake Number 3:

Not having a niche or trying to serve everyone and anyone!

How do you avoid this marketing mistake and market yourself, a website or a product successfully?

Making your presence known online and offline, is all about having a ‘niche’ that your spiritual business is marketing speaking directly to and solving a problem for.

Sounds simple, because it is!

If you fail to choose a ‘good fit’ niche that you can not only find easily, but will happily pay you, you will never be able to really succeed at authentically marketing your spiritual business.

I say this because, there are so many Spiritual Business Owners out there. Think about it, how many Helping Professionals are in your area, or in the world already?

Now, I am not saying that you must see them as competition in the market place, in fact I am saying exactly the opposite.

These are the people, our fellow human beings, that we can learn from and grow with. Model what others are doing if you see how they are marketing you to can take a similar approach.

Trying to re-invent the wheel is insane, showing how you can add value to the market is common sense.

No, the most important thing you have to remember is to set yourself apart from others. You can do this by stating your definiteness of purpose in life.

As Napoleon Hills says, this is how you set your own price tag in life and business.

He says we need to have a definite purpose in business, marketing and life and make a plan.

This is the master key or first success principle that lays firm foundations to align your spiritual business marketing with how you want to make your difference in the world and still stay true to you!

So again, you need to find a niche, that aligns your inner purpose with your outer purpose in life and that will determine where you can excel.

If you do not do this, marketing your spiritual business becomes a drag and feels like a chore, when in fact all it is finding creative ways to actually get in front of the people who will say a firm yes or a firm no!

This could be using on or offline marketing strategies to market yourself, a website and or a product. That’s up to you and what you feel drawn to.

It might also depend on how you like to connect and build authentic relationships with people.

Spiritual Business Marketing Mistake Number 2.

Rushing the creation process!

How do you avoid this marketing mistake and market yourself, a website and or a product successfully?

Too many Spiritual Business Owners simply try to get overnight success when using the Law of Attraction. They usually want what they want, like yesterday!

This is not going to happen if they are coming from a space of lack. When you get yourself out their and market you want to avoid doing it from a low vibration.

Try to enjoy yourself!

If you are serious about allowing yourself to use the Law of Attraction to succeed in every aspect of life, marketing and spiritual business growth, rushing things will only make things worse.

I know I have used the LOA in reverse because I had serious money blocks!

It is helpful to take it slow and focus on long term success and believe that you have what ever it is your desire now. I’ve being doing this for the last five years!

Once you realize that patience really is a virtue, you will see that it, what ever it is you are trying to manifest using marketing as a strategy for success, will show up on your spiritual path in many unexpected ways.

Yes even the money!

You know deep down, it’s true. I’m sure this is not the first time you are hearing this, right?

It is already created in your vibrational reality and your journey to allowing everything including the money will only get better, if that’s what you say to yourself and act as if by capturing the feeling as if it is happening for now!

Try it!

Spiritual Business Marketing Mistake Number 1: No Originality (urghh!)

How do you avoid this marketing mistake and market yourself, a website or a product successfully?

Most of us attend training school to learn or craft and leave it at that!

However, the way in which we were taught to market our modalities has a lot to do with us not feeling like we can branch out and put our own unique stamp on what we do and how we build our spiritual business!

Let’s say 100 massage therapists attend the same training school as you, they got the same information on how to market their business as you did.

NOW they all went out there marketing their business and trying to get clients, repeating what they learnt on that course, and using jargon and technical language. that their potential clients do not relate to. It doesn’t feel spiritual because this has no originality!

  • How far do you think they will get in marketing?
  • How many of those 100 massage therapists are going to be in business 1 year on?
  • And 3 to 5 years on their spiritual path?

You’ve probably heard the statistics of how many small businesses that ‘fail’, right?

Try not to let that scare you!!!

Just know, YOUR main job is, regardless of your modality is to start in business, thrive in business and make a profit!

And this, starts with having your unique SOUL Purpose at the core of everything you do and say to clients, potential clients and referral partners.

Be specific!

Don’t be too afraid to market your spiritual business in a way that feels good to you.

If all 100 massage therapists believed they could market their spiritual business successfully, and earn what they were really worth, do you think they would have gone back to their day jobs?

No!

The BIGGEST reason your must avoid these marketing mistakes is, because if you don’t you are doing yourself and the people you were MEANT to reach a disservice!

Okay, so how do those who have successfully built their spiritual business using authentic marketing strategies and made their way to the top, do it?

They stay true to themselves, know how to use authentic marketing strategies that feel congruent with their purpose in life, delegate, outsource, hire a coach or mentor, get supervision or get support from ‘like minded’ others, invest, test, tweak and measure. Most of all they become fearless in what they do!

It doesn’t scare them anymore, or it scares them a lot less to think that they would not being doing more of the work they love.

They have learnt to turn their vocation into a vacation!

They no longer have ‘Lone Ranger Syndrome’, wearing all the hats in life and spiritual business and going it alone.

It is so important that you don’t try to be someone or everything that you are not, adding to the marketing ‘noise’ by trying to people please, never saying no or working with anyone and everyone who will pay you or not pay you for your services.

You are NOT just another person in your field of expertise, YOU have a unique soul purpose that needs to shine through when you are marketing your spiritual business.

You will need to be original and have your own style to make marketing your Spiritual Business ‘effortless’.

There are so many ways your character can shine through. If you are not sure what your strengths and gifts are, just ask the 5 closest people to you.

Once you are able to do this, you tap into your Unique Soul purpose you begin building solid marketing foundations for your spiritual business, they’ll be no stopping you from succeeding.

If you are able to avoid these simple things, you will be able to really make your presence known in your field and be of service in the world giving what ever it is you are offering.

Most Spiritual Business Owners will admit that these are the simplest mistakes to create, and they made a few at the start of their journey, but if you avoid these from the very beginning, you will be able to really prosper in what I like to call purpose-serving.

Why Most Bloggers Never See Their Blogs As a Business

Two bloggers, Martins and Smith were walking on the road and the following dialogue ensued:

Martins: Smith, how do you consider blogging?

Smith: Well, I think blogging is a big business

Martins: Blogging, a big business? How?

Smith: Because it is run like any other business

Martins: Don’t you think other businesses are different from blogging?

Smith: How do you mean?

Martins: Other businesses are operated by real businessmen while blogging is operated by bloggers

Smith: Oh! I see! But what makes a business?

Martins: Businesses involve investment and they generate profits too

Smith: Really?

Martins: Yes!

Smith: Don’t you invest time, money and intellectuality into blogging?

Martins: Yes, we do

Smith: Don’t blogs generate incomes from AdSense, advertisement, affiliate sales, sponsored posts and links, flipping, membership, etc?

Martins: They do

Smith: Then how are blogs different from other businesses?

Martins: Hmmmmmmm! I never considered these questions before. I thought only those businesses with a tag are qualified to be called a business.

Smith: Anything that involves investment of any kind and then yield profits is a business

Martins: Oh, I see! Thanks for the clarification. I will start taking my blog as a business from now henceforth.

Are you still in doubt?

Do you still wonder if your blog is a business? Did you start your blog as a past time? Did you build your blog because you just wanted to share your thoughts with the world? A lot of people started for one reason or the other – share thoughts, update personal album, promote business brand, sell products, solve people’s problems, provide tutorials, etc. So everybody actually started with a dream, and each person’s dream could be different from the next person’s.

However, some of these dreams get modified as time goes by. New ideas crop up and get integrated into the dreams. Those who started with the purpose of sharing their thoughts, updating their albums, providing tutorials or solving problems begin to see why they should add a little way of making money so as to keep maintaining their blogs or take care of other personal needs.

What makes blogging a business?

The following characteristics make blogging a business; and if your blog has any of them, then you should consider it for what it is – business:

Generates Income: Businesses generally generate incomes for their owners. Income could come from selling products on your site (profits), earnings from advertisements, membership fees, consultancy, etc. So if your blog gets money from any of these channels, your blog is a business.

It’s an investment: Business involves financial investment in order to get make profit or interest. Wikipedia defines investment this way, investment is putting money into an asset with the expectation of capital appreciation, dividends, and/or interest earning

In other words, your blog is an investment because you are paying for web hosting, website design/development, templates, plugins, special scripts, webmaster services, etc, with the intent to make some gains either in the immediate or in future. Apart from investing money, you are also investing your time on a very serious note. Hope you agree with me on this?

Employment generation: Employment generated by blogs is a two-fold thing. The blog owner is gainfully employed, and secondly, he employs writers or maintenance engineers to keep things moving smoothly on the blog. To be able to create employment, you are either a businessman or government.

Retirement plan: A good business helps to secure the future of the owner. Good businesses are assets for the owners to lean on during their pension years. Blogging also provides that security if it is well handled and given the necessary attention it requires.

Similarities between blogging and other businesses

When it comes to business, there are a few distinguishable types of businesses that readily come to mind, and they include the following:

1. Sole proprietorship: This is the type of business that is owned and managed by one person. Decisions making is done alone, and the death of the owner could also mean the death of the business. Most blogs are similar to the sole proprietorship kind of business in that the blogger runs his blog alone. He takes decisions alone, expands slowly and he’s a jack of all trade.

2. Partnership: Partnership business involves two or more persons coming together to do business. While conventional businesses can operate on a partnership level, blogging can also be a partnership investment. A good example of partnership blog is the LeapZone Strategies where Isabelle Mercier Turcotte and Margarita Romano have been working together since 1996. Of course they both invest their moneys and also share profits and loses together.

Other forms of business exist but we are okay with just these two. At least they have helped us to make our similarities. Now that we have seen the different types of businesses, that takes us to the next point.

Why then do blogging businesses fail?

Before now, some of us were not seeing blogging as a business. But now that we know, it is good to understand why a lot of blogging businesses fail. You don’t know some blogs fail? Well, they do, really! The nagging question that needs an urgent answer is why do blogging businesses fail?

1. Failure to invest: One of the things I talked about earlier concerning business is that business requires investment (both finance, time, intellectuality, etc). Unfortunately, a lot of bloggers who are hoping to make money with their blogs are not investing real money to raise the standard of their blogs in order to make them marketable. Relying on freebies to run your blog in all aspects would at best make your blog a dumping ground for substandard materials.

2. Lack of focus: Failing to focus on one’s dream or niche is one of the greatest reasons why a lot of bloggers fail to make it in their businesses. It has happened to me in the past. When I started my blog in 2009, it was pulling traffic and growing by the day. Suddenly I lost focus and began to pursue other dreams. That blog eventually paid the price of my loss of focus.

3. Not driven by ambition: If you are not ambitious enough as a blogger, it would be difficult for you to succeed in your blogging business.

“There’s no luck in business. There’s only drive, determination, and more drive.” -Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

“To become successful, one must put themselves in the paths of giants!” – Lillian Cauldwell

The moment some bloggers attain a particular height, they feel they have arrived and there is no more need to improve or grow. The zeal to add more flavor, innovation and new features is simply not there anymore.

4. Neglecting your customers: Customers are the real gem of every business and they must be treated with care and love. Unfortunately, a lot of business owners do not realize that their sustenance is ensured by the patronage of their customers. They simply treat their customers with disdain.

“It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.” – Henry Ford

“If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.com

“Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.” – Peter Drucker

My word of advice

We live in a world of intense competition, and only those who are willing to go the extra mile to do what others are not willing to do actually make it. As a blogger and a businessman, for you to succeed in your niche, you need to add the following to your portfolio:

Invest in your business: Stop depending on freebies to run your business. The fact there are freebies and still there are paid versions of the same product is enough to convince you that freebies and paid products are never the same. In as much as you would need some freebies, you need also to invest real more to add some cutting edge to your business.

Remain focused: If you chase two rats at the same time, you are going to end up getting none. Once you have a dream, make sure to pursue it to a logical end. Don’t get unnecessarily distracted along the way. Distraction and lack of focus are dream killers, and so they must be eliminated at all cost.

Be driven by ambition: Don’t just go into any business because others are there. You must have the ambition and enough hunger to succeed in your chosen niche. If the ambition is strong enough, adequate energy would be released to help accomplish your dream.

Treat your customers like gold: Yes, you heard me well! Your customers don’t deserve anything less. They pay the bills, and if they withdraw their patronage, you are nowhere. One satisfied customer brings 20 more; but one dissatisfied customer chases away 100 more. Do you agree with me?

Conclusion

Blogging is a business and needs to be treated as such. Stop treating it with levity because your future could largely depend on it. If you want your blogging business to prosper, you must be willing to invest money, time and intellectuality into it. Freebies alone can never give you the best in your business. Remember that you don’t pay the bills, the customers do. So never treat your customers shabbily because they are the reason you are still in business.

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Mind Mapping and Information Gathering For Successful Drafting Of a Business Plan

Information Gathering Prior To Drafting the Business Plan – The planning phase.

Business or hobby?

A question begging an honest answer is, “Is it a business you want to start or is it a hobby?” This is a vitally important question because these are two very different enterprises or entities. To start and run a business takes a lot of extensive, in depth analytical thinking, legal steps need to be taken, and a lot of planning and budgeting needs to be done. One can’t stress this enough.

Entrepreneurial skills

Entrepreneurial skills are naturally inbred in very few people. The Indians and Chinese seem to have it as a natural trait. Many people think that because they’re starting a trading business, that it should just succeed because they are buying at a low cost and selling at a higher price. So, therefore then, a profit should be shown and all should be in order. Not true in many cases, many hidden costs are not taken account of. Hidden costs exist such as telephone, petrol/transport, stall or rental, packaging, owner’s salary, and so forth.

Many times the business owner uses the money, which should be in reserve for purchasing more stock, for his personal use and then he wonders how all the money or profit has “disappeared”. Now he would need to raise more money somehow to purchase his next batch of stock and/or raw materials. Such a business owner is actually getting poorer each day and he is hardly aware of it.

If one approaches only one’s friends and family with a business idea, and none of them have the necessary knowledge to advise one, the rot will begin to set in. Wrong or ill-informed advice is not what you need.

Drafting a complete and accurate business plan is a very important step that anyone can take who wants to start any new business, or expand an existing business. The business plan covers all the important steps, decisions, reports and forecasts needed to assess the likelihood of success or failure in the new venture. At least one then has a foundation from which to work. It can always be used for reference purposes during the life of the business and it can easily be adjusted for future expansions or changes to the business process.

Planning the business, mind mapping and information gathering

If one approaches only one’s friends and family with a business idea, and none of them have the necessary knowledge to advise one, the rot will begin to set in. Wrong or ill-informed advice is not what you need.

The act of planning helps you to think things through thoroughly, study and research if you are not sure of the facts, and look at your ideas critically. It takes time now, but avoids costly, perhaps disastrous, mistakes later.

Bankers and financiers presume that one means business when one approaches them in this regard and they expect to receive honest and accurate information. There is no quick and easy way to deal with this; it’s their way or no way.

We all have skills, talents and learned abilities. These can be used to operate a business, which will generate an income. Extensive, in depth analytical thinking and planning is very important though because, without it one is destined to fail.

Discuss your business plan with people who can give you advice; Bankers, Dept. Trade and Industry, Business Partners Inc., other institutions who grant money for small business initiatives, an attorney, an accountant and various other people who have a wealth of experience in their fields of speciality.

When planning to start a business take the following steps:

  1. Speak to product specialists for their advice concerning your products and/or services.
  2. Speak to bankers, a lawyer, an accountant and a number of institutions offering grants or loans to small business initiatives.
  3. The above people will give you a blank Business Plan form, among other forms, to complete.
  4. The business plan is normally of great assistance in planning and budgeting for the business. And it is a good guide to all that needs to be done and decided upon.

Meet with whoever your partners will be, if any, and discuss the whole planned business process, including:

  • The type of business ownership best suited to your business
  • The products or services to be offered
  • The premises needed
  • The machinery and vehicles needed
  • Start up expenses need to be established and discussed
  • Capital requirements and directorship of the business
  • Decide on who will perform which functions in the running of the business.
  • Your target market
  • The environment of your area to be covered
  • The economy relating to that area, current demand, future growth, etc.
  • Determine what barriers exist at present which may hinder your success
  • Promotion of your products and/or services
  • Distribution channels
  • Operational plan i.r.o purchasing, production, sales, etc. needs discussing
  • Legal environment and requirements
  • Inventory and suppliers
  • Insurance and other professional advisory requirements like, lawyer, accountant.
  • Establish a system of record keeping
  • Bank services needed
  • Personnel requirements and Human Resource policies
  • Do the costing of each product very accurately.
  • Calculate selling prices based on all costs plus mark up
  • Draft the projected financial plan or budget for twelve months
  • Draft the projected cash flow for twelve months
  • Draft a starting balance sheet

This key information will then be used to draft a meaningful business plan. And the information is all inter related an in sync. In closing, the pre-planning phase takes time and effort but it is very necessary as a step to ensuring success.