Terri Belford

When having thousands of subscribers all over the world just isn’t enough.

I love know that when I send out a newsletter, I’m connecting with readers all over the world and that my blog articles and information products  help people in a different hemisphere.

My friend, mentor and co-facilitator, Barbara Winter in “Making a Living Without a Job”, says that because of the internet “our customers and clients will be people who share our values, not our zip code”.

Many of our businesses are no longer limited by geography. Those of us with significant worldwide subscriber lists benefit from the connection with people on other continents who we may never meet face-to-face. Friends around the world purchase our tele-classes, e-guides and courses. Some travel long distances to attend our in-person seminars, workshops and masterminds. We get to see their family photos on Facebook, celebrate their accomplishments and express our condolences when they experience loss.

Some we do meet in person and continue the friendship via Skype chats.

Sometimes that isn’t enough.

I’m a big proponent of supporting local businesses rather than big-box whenever we have the choice but local matters in other ways that I’m just now understanding more clearly.

When Barbara and I decided to launch our new program “Marketing Magic for Makers”, we knew we wanted it to be an in-person event. We thought most of the attendees would be local but we didn’t take into account that marketing to our world-wide readership wasn’t the best way to reach an audience in, say, Davis , California.

As soon as the first announcements went out about “Marketing Magic for Makers”, several readers stepped up and said they’d like to host us in their cities and we realized that made a lot more sense. It’s how Barbara’s Joyfully Jobless Weekends were so successful. She asked for partners to host and some readers she hadn’t even met raised their hands.

We recognize that the best way to hold a local event is to have an ambassador on the ground in that locale so we’ll be taking Marketing Magic for Makers to cities where you, our readers are asking for it.

If you would like to partner with us and host this workshop  in your town, please email me at “terri at isnpiredlivelihood” and let’s talk about how it will work.

 

Trying to decide if you can start your own business? April 15th is a great time to figure out if you can make a living without a job.

I love tax day. No, I’m not crazy. Every April 15th, I’m reminded of the benefits of being an entrepreneur. If you’ve been dreaming of being your own boss but you’re nervous about letting go of that regular paycheck, I’d like to offer you a challenge today. Sit down with a pencil and paper and add up how much
you spend on travel, cell phone bills, internet, computer, i-pad, business books and hobby publications. Now imagine that interest or hobby becomes your business and that your spare bedroom or seldom-used guest room is your office. A portion of the utilities and rent or mortgage for that space are business expenses.

That’s adds up to a lot of money over a period of a year, doesn’t it? I’m not an accountant and tax laws do vary in different countries but most of those expenses are tax deductible. What does that mean for you as someone who’s on the fence about leaving your job to do your own thing?
It means you have to earn that much more than your present salary as an employee to pay all those expenses that your business covers.  As an entrepreneur, you get to deduct many expenses that you would incur anyway but if you are an employee, your boss takes the deduction.
What does it cost you in gas, wear on your vehicle and parking or public transportation to get to your job each day? If your business took you to a meeting you’d deduct those costs.

What about the time you put in? You boss doesn’t pay you for commute time does she? If you were self employed, that hour or two you spend getting to and from work would be spent earning.

Do the math. Take all these factors into consideration when figuring out what you really need to earn in your own business to replace your job. You may be surprised.

3 Reasons for Entrepreneurs to Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day  is a time to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s meant as a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.. I appreciate the workers around the world every time I prepare a meal with the produce that someone worked in extreme heat to get to my table, every time I drive on a freshly paved freeway, knowing someone’s manual labor with stinky, toxic material made it possible. I appreciate the people who work in shops and offices and factories at every business I have any dealings with and I am eternally grateful for the healthcare workers who have improved and saved lives and those who have so gently and kindly been there to guide those at the end of life. I also appreciate all their bosses because I’ve been one and I know that training, hiring and maintaining valuable employees is a lot of work. I’ve been fortunate that my employees liked me and many are still my dear friends.

 

I celebrate Labor Day because I value workers everywhere

and I know that I am so happy to be neither an employee OR a boss.

As an entrepreneur, YOU should be celebrating Labor Day too. Here’s why:

  • -You have a great boss. Your boss understands when you’ve worked really hard on a project or hustled to meet a deadline and rewards you with a spa day. She knows that sometimes you just need to take a midday hike or that you’re not a morning person so she lets you make your own hours. Your boss is so understanding that you never have to miss a field trip with your child and she’s flexible enough to let you take your work with you on your laptop if you want to take time off to travel.
  • -Your work is a labor of love. Maybe you can’t even relate to the word labor anymore. Sometimes you can’t believe you’re really getting paid for having so much fun.) If your work isn’t fun, we need to talk.
  • -You don’t have to concern yourself with payroll taxes and worker’s compensation insurance because you can use virtual assistants and independent contractors and you know they get to choose their own hours and you know their boss treats them well.

-One more great reason you should pay attention to Labor Day: Sept. 1st, is the last day  to join Grow Tribe with Barbara Winter and me. We’ll be gathering by the sea in Ventura Ca to help you grow your business and create an ongoing mastermind of entrepreneurs who mean business about growing their business.

Want to know more about finding your tribe, why you need a tribe or the benefits of a mastermind? Listen in as Barbara and I discuss “8 Ways to Find Your Tribe” HERE 
and read “Where do you find your entrepreneurial tribe to help you grow your business?” HERE 
and “What do Bill Gates, Plato, Harvey Firestone, Andrew Carnegie, Ben and Jerry, Aristotle, Thomas Edison and Socrates all have in common?” HERE

Why I prefer small workshops over larger seminars

Last fall I attended a seminar in the southern US. Since the attendees would be mostly visual and performing artists, writers and entrepreneurs, I was confident I’d be warmly welcomed and fit right in.

 

I walked into the large meeting room and right up to the first empty seat. I asked a woman at the table if the seat was taken and she said, “I’m sorry. We’re saving it for a member of our word-tribe.” When I was told at the next table that they were saving the two empty seats for members of their writing group, I started to feel like that poor kid who sits alone in the school cafeteria. I wondered if I had a booger hanging out of my nose or something. I got pretty much the same answer at a third table, however one woman said, “we’ll just pull up another chair so you can join us.”

 

These women were friendly and didn’t exclude me but as the afternoon passed, I felt a kind of isolation that I remembered from another large seminar I’d attended. I realized that many of the attendees had formed bonds at previous, smaller workshops. They knew about one another’s businesses and details of their personal lives.

 

I enjoyed the program content and meeting new people but I remembered why I prefer small workshops over larger seminars. Even at these mega events, it’s possible to put yourself out there and make connections but it’s more difficult. At the more intimate events, even an introvert becomes part of a tribe and you stay in touch afterwards with phone calls and emails. There’s a sense of ongoing support that entrepreneurs, writers and artists need to overcome obstacles and keep up the momentum in a solitary work life.

 

When I had brick and mortar businesses, I found that tribe in neighboring business owners. We’d share tips and resources,  run challenges by each other and celebrate successes. It’s difficult to start or grow a business alone when your friends and family don’t really understand what you’re doing.  Since I’ve been running my business online the past several years, I’ve found that tribe with other entrepreneurs I’ve met at small, in person workshops. How do YOU find those friends who understand your goals and support your dreams?

If you want a chance to work face-to-face with Barbara Winter and me, to focus on your business and grow your dreams, join us for GROW TRIBE in a historic hotel overlooking the Pacific . We want to help you create something we can brag about.
Find out more about how you can become part of our tribe HERE.

 

 

 

You CAN grow a business alone but it sure is tougher without supportive friends.

Yesterday I read a headline, “Starting a business? You can’t go it alone.” I thought, “yes, you can but it sure is tougher.” When I started my first business in the 70s, I had no entrepreneurial friends but I was lucky because my dad had created a business from an idea and didn’t try to dissuade me. True, my dream looked very different from my father’s but at least I had someone to bounce concepts off of and who believed I could do it.

 

In my next business, home furnishings, I had a partner, a great controller and a team of professionals so there was always someone ready to talk shop.

 

I went solo in the body work business. My fellow therapists were approaching it from an employee mindset or asking me for advice on how to build a practice. It wasn’t until I met another massage therapist who had her own business with subcontractors that I finally had a friend who understood what I was doing.

 

In my late 40s, I moved to a new town where I knew no one but my husband and nine weeks later, I opened a brick and mortar business. My husband didn’t understand what I was doing at all. My dad visited shortly after opening and while he didn’t discourage me, he said, “I sure hope you didn’t invest a lot of money (I didn’t) and that you know what you’re doing (I did)  because I can’t figure out how it’s going to work. (It did.) I felt isolated and unsupported until I began connecting with neighboring small business owners and found my tribe of artists, retailers and other entrepreneurs.

 

Do your friends, family and colleagues look at you like you’re crazy when you talk about your dreams of being self-employed? Do they suggest you just get a different job? It’s not impossible to go it alone but it sure is easier with the support of people who “get you”.

 

The last couple of years,  I’ve had the great honor of witnessing just how powerful that support can be.  In January 2012 , Barbara Winter, bestselling  author of “Making a Living without a Job” and I invited six aspiring and fledgling entrepreneurs to join us in an intimate setting to address the roadblocks that were holding them back from finally launching or growing their dream businesses. We spent the weekend listening to each person’s ideas and together we all came up with work-arounds to the challenges and plans to make those dreams happen.

 

Since then, we’ve guided several groups through monthly connection and accountability calls. In the time between those calls, lots of emails fly back and forth amongst the group asking for and receiving advice and feedback, helping one another get un-stuck, overcome obstacles, share resources and of course, and celebrate triumphs.

 

Barbara and I are so inspired by the forward momentum and victories enjoyed by the attendees of our past Masterminds that we have opened registration for Grow Tribe  in a historic hotel overlooking the Pacific.  You’ll have access to both of us and a group of new friends who understand and support your dreams. It’s your last chance this year to spend facet face time with us both and focus on your business growth.

 

 

What do Bill Gates, Plato, Harvey Firestone, Andrew Carnegie, Ben and Jerry, Aristotle, Thomas Edison and Socrates all have in common?

What do the most successful people in history all have in common?

None of them did it alone. They all were part of a group that met regularly with the purpose of helping one another attain their goals. They were each involved in a Mastermind.

In fact, I don’t know of a single person who has been super successful without the help of a mastermind.

Just as you’re more likely to drag yourself out of bed if your running buddy is counting on you and you’re less likely to stray from your diet if you have to weigh in weekly with the group at Weight Watchers, having an accountability group keeps you on task.

Accountability is only one of many reasons entrepreneurs need to be part of a mastermind.

The beauty of a mastermind group lies in it’s ability to defy mathematics. You see, when you put 8 entrepreneurs in a room together, the resulting brain power is much more than the sum of 4+4. I can’t tell you why but I believe it has something to do with the way entrepreneurs thrive on challenge and problem solving. We love to share what we’ve learned to help others achieve success.

If you’re in a growth or transition point in your business, you need a group of other entrepreneurs to brainstorm with, network on your behalf and challenge you to work towards and meet your goals.

An effective mastermind group will give you the benefit of different perspectives and share resources, tactics and connections. You’ll inspire each other and offer valuable feedback that your friends, family or employees can’t give because they just don’t understand the way an entrepreneur thinks. You need people who can relate to and give input on your unique challenges because they’ve been there.

When you occasionally spin off course, get sidelined or distracted by too many ideas or you lose momentum because of a let-down, your mastermind will help you get back on track and regain focus.

A well-functioning mastermind will help you overcome your stumbling blocks because they are looking at your obstacles through varying lenses, bringing different strengths and skill sets from diverse backgrounds.

If you’re a solo-entrepreneur, you can’t go it alone. You need the mutual support, advice and counsel of other entrepreneurs and the guidance of those who’ve climbed the mountain before you.

Because we believe that being part of an effective mastermind group is like having your own board of directors,  Barbara Winter , best selling author of “Making a Living Without a Job” and I have put together something you’ll want to be a part of. Get the scoop HERE.

What if you had an advisory board for your business and a support group for your dreams?

Can you believe it’s already April? Where did the first three months of the year go?  Are you on schedule to reach your goals for 2014? Or are you feeling frustrated because this was supposed to be the year you grew your business but you’re already off track because of time constraints, lack of confidence or overwhelm?
If you’re like many entrepreneurs, you have BIG dreams and good intentions but just can’t seem to make it happen. And it’s killing you because you want so badly for your business to bring more income but you don’t have the support or anyone to go to for advice or resources.
You could hire a coach but what you really NEED is a circle of entrepreneurial friends  to bounce ideas off of. Do you wish you had someone to confirm that yes, you do have a viable concept?  Friends who share the journey with you.
Like most of us, you probably don’t have people in your daily life who understand the way your ideas tug at your heart and beg for attention. Your friends and family want to protect you from what they imagine is the risk of going out on your own. They want you to stay in what they perceive as a secure job that puts food on the table even if it’s sucking your soul dry. Those who love you may even discourage you from following your own path because they want to “protect you” from something they just don’t understand.
It’s easy to lose momentum when you don’t have anyone to be accountable to. Dreams wither in isolation and if you share them with the wrong people, the seeds are squashed before they’ve had a chance to take root.
That’s why I love mastermind groups. Being part of an entrepreneurs mastermind is like having an advisory board for your business and a support group for your dreams. In his book  “Think and Grow Rich”, author Napoleon Hill defined the mastermind as a “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”  My experience has been that while having one other person is helpful, having a group of 4 to 6 feels more like putting 8 or 10 heads together.
If you tend to lose confidence, procrastinate or have trouble staying motivated, the accountability of a mastermind will keep you moving in the right direction.  Participants brainstorm ideas, share resources, challenge each other to create and implement goals, give honest input and feedback and fresh perspective.
Since January of 2012 , Barbara Winter, best-selling author of “Making a Living without a Job”, and I have invited a select group of aspiring entrepreneurs to join us for an intensive mastermind  weekend. We holed up in a hotel suite  with six dreamers who walked away do-ers  They brought their how-to questions to the table and left with answers and action steps. Of course they were got the benefit from our combined 7 decades of self-employment  PLUS a new tribe of entrepreneurial pals for continued support after the event.
Since many of you have expressed disappointment that you missed out in the past, we’ve decided to offer more Mastermind Magic this June in Denver. HERE’S THE SCOOP.

Inspiration plants the seeds but your ideas need something else to grow and flourish. Do you know the secret?

The past few days, two exciting invitations landed in my inbox. Well, actually, they were notifications of pre-sales for events, not personal requests for my presence.  One was a reunion of one of my all-time favorite bands. The other, a chance to hear two of my (S)heroes speak. I was tempted to purchase tickets for both but decided not to attend either. Here’s why:

 

One of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert will be appearing with Oprah on her “Live the Life you Want” tour.  I wonder, can you really figure out how to live the life you want by spending a weekend in a stadium with thousands of other people?

 

The second temptation was the announcement that Christine McVie would be joining Fleetwood Mac on tour. Another huge coliseum.

 

My decision to pass on both events had nothing to do with the cost of tickets or that I was a little annoyed by the “John is dead” hoax of the past few days.

 

I’m forgoing both events based on past experience. Here’s why:

 

When I decided to take my consulting business online in 2007, I attended a large seminar presented by a well-known speaker on internet marketing for coaches. After three days and thousands of dollars, I walked away feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied. I met some nice entrepreneurs but with hundreds of attendees, we didn’t form the kind of bond that happens when you are in a smaller, more intimate workshop.

 

I received a “blueprint” for formulaic internet marketing but I wanted to know how to apply it to MY ideas and MY business in a style that fit ME.

 

Attendees were invited to become part of a more focused follow-up mastermind which met 3 times a year in a group of about 30 and cost $20,000. Now you tell me, how much time do you think was spent focused on individual businesses in a group of 30?

 

I don’t expect an opportunity to sit in a small group with Elizabeth Gilbert and brainstorm about writing and I’m not looking for Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to do a living room concert but I do know I would walk away from those mega venues feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied.

 

Large events can be inspiring. Circque du Soleil performances are inspiring but if I wanted to know more about how to become a trapeze artist, inspiration wouldn’t cut it. I’d need individual, focused coaching and a supportive network of other performance artists.

 

The same is true for entrepreneurs. If you want to grow a business, inspiration is vital but there is no one-way-fits-all formula so attention to individual ideas is a must. As we grow our businesses, we need friends who lift us back up when we’re in a slump because they believe in our dreams and understand why we’re doing this thing our friends and family think is crazy. Entrepreneurs need a circle of friends who celebrate even our small victories.

 

Oprah and Liz can inspire me but if I want someone to guide me to live the life I want, I’m not going to seek it in a stadium and if I want to grow my business, I’m not going to find the support I need in an auditorium.

 

Have you felt driven to change your life or grow your business but you’re still stuck back where you were a couple of years ago? Do you have plenty of ideas but haven’t made the progress you hoped because you felt overwhelmed or lost focus?

 

You know why? I’ll be frank with you. You don’t need any more inspiration or certification before you can make it happen. What you need is focus and accountability. You need the kind of support that you can only get in a small group of fellow entrepreneurs. You need a tribe.

 

Do you have that tribe? If not, join Barbara Winter and me on a free tele-class “8 Ways to Find Your Tribe.”  On Tues. April 15th, 4 Pacific, 7PM Eastern, we’ll show you where to find the people who will help you grow your business and live the life you want. Register for the call HERE

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Wow-first quarter of 2014 is nearly over. Are you on track with where you planned to be?

Can you believe we’re almost through the first quarter of the year already? . Are you on track to reach your goals for 2014?

If you’re like many aspiring entrepreneurs, you have great ideas but find it difficult to take action on them. Or you get things rolling but have difficulty staying on task because you know what you want the end result to be but the sequence of necessary steps is unclear? Sometimes, it feels overwhelming. Other times, an idea that seemed brilliant at first begins to feel unattainable or you lose confidence in your own ability to make it happen.

Particularly if your friends and family member are not entrepreneurs, you can lose momentum when you don’t have anyone to run your ideas by or be accountable to. Dreams wither in isolation and if you share them with the wrong people, the seeds are squashed before they’ve had a chance to take root.

That’s why I am an enthusiastic advocate of mastermind groups. Being part of an entrepreneurs mastermind is like having an advisory board  for your business and a support group for your dreams. In his book  “Think and Grow Rich”, author Napoleon Hill defined the mastermind as a “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”  My experience has been that while having one other person is helpful, having a group of 4 to 6 feels more like putting 8 or 10 heads together.

If you tend to lose confidence, procrastinate or have trouble staying motivated, the accountability of a mastermind will keep you moving in the right direction.  Participants brainstorm ideas, share resources, challenge each other to create and implement goals, give honest input and feedback and fresh perspective.

There is nothing like being in a circle of other entrepreneurs to create forward momentum so that you achieve your goals. That’s why Barbara Winter and I are offering an opportunity for a select group of creative entrepreneurs to join us for a mastermind weekend in magnificent Sedona, Arizona. You’ll bring your dream to the circle and get the benefit of our combined 7 decades of self-employment plus the feedback and ongoing support of your tribe. You’ll arrive with questions and leave with answers.  HERE’S THE SCOOP.

Yes You Can Create Your Ideal Livelihood and Work Where, How and When you Wish

In her “Support your Wanderlust”  seminar, my friend and mentor, Barbara Winter, tells the story of writing a report in high school about wanting to be a flight attendant. She yearned to travel and figured working for the airlines was a means to see the world. She also had absolutely no idea what the job entailed as she’d never been on a plane but obviously,  serving drinks and instructing passengers on proper use of their oxygen masks would not have satisfied her desire to see the world. Barbara was wise to recognize early on that in order to have the travel experience she dreamed of, she could design a career for herself that pays her to do what she loves, which is teaching and speaking in her ideal environment: conference rooms around the world.

 A few years ago I met a group of traveling nurses  in California. One said it was the ideal job because they could choose where to work for 3 months contracts, all expenses paid anywhere in the world, while they sent money back home to Kansas or Nebraska.  “We get paid to travel to beautiful places like this.”  I said,  “I don’t have to find a job that takes me to a lovely coastal town-I live here and think I have the ideal job, working for myself.”  I didn’t mention that I had just popped into the shop briefly to pick up the previous day’s deposit before heading to the beach for a walk and that I frequently traveled wherever I wanted on my own time while trusted employees continued to keep the business rolling and put money in the bank.  Why would I want a job that pays me to go somewhere when I can create a job doing what I love wherever I want? 

As you consider a career change, rather than look at the perks and benefits of a job, think first about what you want your day to look like. Do you want to be at home, in an office or outdoors?  Will you enjoy spending your days alone or will you crave company? How can you find a balance of solitude and social contact? Does being in one location all the time appeal to you or do you prefer more mobility? Is having your pet or child with you a priority? Do you see yourself wearing comfy sweats or do you enjoy dressing up?

What’s you ideal work schedule? You may love to bake but if you’re not a morning person, opening a bakery probably isn’t your ideal livelihood.  Consider your environment. Most people think about the visual elements of their ideal work environment but sounds and smells are important to consider, . What about the temperature? Don’t laugh-it matters. Years ago I studied healing arts and developed a thriving bodywork practice. I was in my element in a dimly lit room with soothing music and the aromatic herbs. I made my own schedule and could travel and spend time with family. I had a natural intuition about what a body needed and my clients were happy. I also faint when I stand for long periods, particularly in a small, warm space. Environment matters.

Before focusing on an actual occupation, close your eyes and visualize your ideal environment. Consider all your senses and sensitivities, your body clock and what makes you tick. Yes, you may have to make some compromises, but this is your chance to design your ideal livelihood. Make it work for you.

If you know what you love to do but haven’t figured out HOW to make a living doing it, Barbara Winter and I want to help you work around the obstacles. Join us in Sedona for Mastermind Magic where we’ll focus on your individual  dreams and come up with a plan for your ideal livelihood.

 

  

Is isolation or lack of supportive entrepreneurial friends holding you back from growing your dream business?

A sign on I-40 West of Asheville,  North Carolina reads “Certified Entrepreneurial Community”.  My first thought is, “shouldn’t all communities be entrepreneurial?”  Of course I researched and learned that his certification means the overall business climate, policies, regulations, and opportunities to learn and grow are simple to find and available. It also means there’s a positive, enthusiastic attitude that permeates the culture and is entrepreneur=friendly.

When I’ve owned  brick and mortar businesses in the past,  I’ve been involved in developing  entrepreneur-friendly environments but now that my business is mainly virtual,  I recognize just how vital it is that solo entrepreneurs have a “community” of entrepreneurial friends.

Online forums, chatrooms and social media sites are good places to connect with fellow entrepreneurs but I hear from many fledgling self-employed folks who feel isolated trying to launch or grow their solo businesses without the support of entrepreneurs they’ve met in person. Many of us offer group virtual self-study courses and organize  virtual mastermind groups but it’s not the same as face-to-face time with a small group of kindred spirits who commit to continue to support one another as they grow their livelihoods.

The past few years, I’ve had the honor of witnessing the power of  mastermind groupa who originally met in person and continue monthly phone calls and frequent emails to hold each other accountable and  support one another in meeting their goals of self-employment.

Barbara Winter ,  best-selling author “Making a Living Without a Job”,  and I have for the last three years invited a select group of aspiring and fledgling entrepreneurs to join us in an intimate setting to address the roadblocks that have been holding them back from finally launching or expanding their dream business. We’ve followed up with monthly group sharing and accountability calls. In the time between those calls, lots of emails have flown back and forth amongst the groups asking for and receiving advice and feedback, helping one another get un-stuck, sharing resources and of course, reporting triumph and celebrating successes.

Barbara and I are so inspired by the forward momentum and victories of the attendees of our past Masterminds  that we’ve scheduled a new Mastermind Magic workshop for  April in a magnificent setting. Whether you know what you love but not how to make it profitable or you already have a business and want to make it MORE fun, more meaningful or more profitable, this is for YOU.  Learn more about how you can be part of our entrepreneurial community and see what previous attendees have to say  HERE.

Why small is still best for many entrepreneurs

My friend, mentor and workshop co-facilitator Barbara Winter talks about how small is still great for many of us when it comes to business. I experienced this first hand years ago when my partner and I butted heads over this issue: he wanted to grow our business more quickly. I knew that if we wanted it to be sustainable, we needed to strengthen our existing organization. With eight stores, we made a fantastic income and had a fulfilling lifestyle. He argued for rapid expansion. Exhausted from trying to reign things in, I backed down. Simply put, we doubled in size and volume but made half as much money and had twice the stress. Obvious lesson: BIG is NOT always best.

The same goes for seminars. There is a trend the last few years for big name authors, speakers and coaches to hold huge events with hundreds or even thousands of attendees. For some entrepreneurs, this works just fine. If you’re an extrovert, those huge seminars are a good way to network and get re-energized. If you tend to be more introverted, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed in that setting and feel drained afterwards.

The decision to participate in a large seminar vs small workshop can also depend on where you are in your business. If you’re already established, profitable and clear that you’re on the right track but just want to grow your connections and expand your presence, the larger venues might be a good tool for meeting the right people to grow your business.

But, for those of you who need more guidance and support to launch or grow a business and more fulfilling life, those mega-seminars just don’t cut it. If your business is not yet making the income you desire or enabling the lifestyle you envision, you need more personal attention and ongoing support and accountability.

That’s why Barbara Winter and I limit our Mastermind Magic to 8 participants. Rather than sitting in an auditorium listening to us TELL you the “secrets to success”, we spend 2 1/2 days face-to-face  in an intimate setting LISTENING to your individual dreams and helping  you overcome the obstacles that have held you back. There is no formula, no lecture and no agenda other than to focus on YOUR personal goals and and map out a customized plan to make that vision a real, income producing business. Here’s an opportunity to work face-to-face with us  if you register by March 1, you save $100. Find out more HERE