There’s no snake oil to follow. No automated douchebaggy software offering your gazillions of Twitter followers. Shamefully, there’s no free BMW 3-series at Christmastime, either. So why the hell are you still reading?
Maybe because I used the word “guaranteed.” I’m signing on the electronically dotted line to deliver to deliver to you, my readers, five business tips than can nothing BUT make you a money. But in exchange, you have to promise me one thing: you’re not going to think about the money.
That’s right: stop it. Right damn now. Get the dollar signs out of your head, cross your heart and hope to never tweet or friend anyone on Facebook again. My goal today is blunt advice, delivered. All of these tips were once given to me and each day they prove to be truer than the day before.
So, for those who didn’t cross you fingers behind you back like some schoolyard bully, let’s talk about these five amazing business tips that are guaranteed to help you make more money than ever before.
Guaranteed Business Tip #1: Do what you love.
Seriously, Erika? Seriously?!? Yes – seriously. Stop selling your soul to something you a good at and start doing something you truly love. We’ve all been asked: if money were no object, what would you spend your days doing? The answer to that question, my dear reader, will make you money. Guaranteed. You know why? Because you’ve stopped relying on the security of your direct deposit on the 1st and 15th of the month and rewarded yourself for being honest. It all begins with doing what you love, not what other people love having you do.
Guaranteed Business Tip #2: Stop worrying about the money.
The rent/mortgage is due. Bills have to be paid. Holy crap – little Johnny needs braces! What the hell are you going to do if you don’t worry about money? Well, I’ll lay odds that if you reallocate all of that time you spend on worrying about money to focusing on doing what you love, the money will come. And (damn shocker, here) you’ll be a lot happier and live a lower-stress existence, too.
Guaranteed Business Tip #3: Ask for help.
You’re awesome. Yeah, you know you are. So start acting like it. You are an awesome writer, web developer, rock climber, head cook, bottle washer, attorney or Indian Chief. You are not an awesome bookkeeper. And face it: you would burn water if you attempted cooking. (We’re not even going to go into what it looks like when you try your hand at graphic design.) Stop thinking you’re a one person army and start thinking like a business person. If you ask for help with the things you suck at, chances are, you’ll find someone who’s good at them. Then you’ll look better to your clients, feel better about the results, and be able to (another shocker) spend more time doing what you love instead of doing things you suck at.
Guaranteed Business Tip #4: Nobody works for free.
But Erika – I thought you said to not think about the money! (YOU LIE!) No, I didn’t lie. You don’t go to your doctor when you’re sick and once he’s examined you and given you a path for recovery…start haggling over what he’s charging you. That would make you an asshole. Stop assuming that people work for free – and that includes YOU. Everyone’s services in the marketplace have a value, and if you respect that quality in those whom you want to do business with, chances are they will respect it in you. Bartering is fine. Trade is fine. But everything has value. Never underestimate the value of a colleague – they are likely good at something you suck at and you need them.
Guaranteed Business Tip #5: Be altruistic.
Give of yourself. Share your ideas. Offer advice when asked. Be involved in your business community. More importantly, be involved, period. If you spend your days in your dark little Cubicle of Life that Owns You (instead of owning your life), you’re going to be lamenting about doing crap you hate, where the next customer will come from, if you’ll be laid-off and why people aren’t paying you what you’re worth. Rather, if you share your knowledge of what you love, then you’ll come to love sharing. When people see that you’re doing what you love, it’s very hard for them not not respect you. And they believe you when you speak.
So there they are: the five business tips that are guaranteed to generate you cash. These ideas aren’t new. Hell, they’re not even mine. I’ve had the gift lately of being introduced to people who are doing these five things every single day. And you know what’s funny? Those five things about are cyclical. If you:
do what you love
stop worrying about the money
and ask for help with the things you suck at,
you’ll develop relationships where no one takes you for granted because there’s a mutual respect for you worth in the business place.
Then you’ll give of yourself and your knowledge and people will see you’re doing what you love and respect you for your passion.
Kum-bay-fucking-yah, I say. I write for a living because there’s nothing I’d rather do than share what I know through the written word. Whether with a client or a reader who’s never met me, writing feeds me. My heart, my soul – it rewards me in ways that no job has ever has. I live my passion each and every day, and guess what?