When Melinda came to me, she was absolutely frantic. She'd been cleaning houses off and on for a few months, and just as she was considering leaping into the corporate cleaning world she received an angry voicemail on her phone.
A new customer had a child who was allergic to the cleaning agents she was using. She had to take the child to the emergency to stop the allergic reaction - and she wanted Melinda to pay the bill...or else.
Yep! Melinda was being threatened with a lawsuit.
I won't get into everything else the poor woman was going through at the time. Suffice it to say, she was in no position to deal with this problem.
The biggest mistake Melinda and many aspiring entrepreneurs tend to make is not getting their new business registered with the Secretary of State in the state they're working in. Your business must be registered in your state in order to obtain identification from the IRS.
The structure you choose to register your business will determine how you access the money you earn, and how you report and pay taxes. Be sure to take time to learn about different business structures and choose the one that best suits your needs and goals for growth.
Melinda started her business without putting much time into planning. She wasn't prepared for how quickly word spread of her good work. She started out with the cheapest cleaning supplies she could find.
As a result she subjected herself and her clients to unnecessary toxic risk, which caught up with her when her client's child had an allergic reaction.
Cleaning supplies can be extremely toxic. It's important to choose gentle cleansers as often as possible to ensure your safety and the safety of your clients. These cleaning agents may be a little more expensive, but if you have a strong business plan you should know exactly how to overcome the cost difference and turn a substantial profit from your work.
Whether you choose to clean homes, businesses or both, you must carry insurance. Liability insurance for your business is usually pretty inexpensive, just a couple hundred dollars per year. But when something like Melinda's problem crops up - and it will - you'll be glad you don't have to cover a trip to the emergency room.
You'll have a better chance of getting a lower deductible and better coverage if you show that you're making safer choices in your cleaning supplies. Yet another benefit of choosing safe over cheap.
These three steps will keep you out of legal trouble, but that's not enough to make your business profitable. If you're going to beat the odds and start a profitable business that's built to last, then you need a plan and you need a partner.
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Don't be frustrated. You're ready to start getting what you want, and that's cause for celebration!
Yes, it's a roller coaster. When you finally turn your mind on to getting what you want, at first there's a gentle breeze of relief. We tend to settle into that new comfort, and envelop ourselves in the paper-thin blanket of our very young and fragile confidence.
Then, when the hurricane winds of change blow in we're forced to tether ourselves to whatever is nearby - usually old habits.
Recognize this cycle?
Thus we return to our weaker selves to sulk, never even having gotten to where real change happens. And who knows how long you'll be there. Days? Years? A lifetime?
If it sounds like I know what I'm talking about, it's because I've been here more times than I can count. But when I finally figured out how to break this cycle and thrive the hurricane winds died down and I found there was not only a path, but a map and some very comfortable pit stops to help me to my destination.
Where would you go if you could find the road? Think about that for a second, because I'm going to tell you exactly what you need to do.
First, decide you're going to get what you want.
Sound simple, right? But it isn't. Most people never get past this step because they don't break it up into parts. In other words, they don't prepare for overcoming the hurricane winds of change.
Our brains are programmed by eons of evolution to avoid change, to conserve energy by making the most of a predictable situation. And when you choose to change your life your brain will suddenly become acutely aware of every single inconvenience that presents itself due to your new direction - completely overlooking the discomfort of your current situation.
So you'll have that to contend with. But that's not all.
When you decide the status quo isn't good enough, it sends a ripple through you that is felt by everyone around you. Your initial response is excitement, but those around you feel anxiety. And so, to tend to their own discomfort, they'll attack you.
These attacks may be subtle - refusal to support you, passive aggressive jabs, you know how they are. Or they may be overt, like a partner threatening retribution or, as I've dealt with often, an in-law demanding a duel.
When those winds blow in you have to be ready to tether yourself down and weather the initial storm.
When you're serious, repeat to your self - out loud - "I have already decided that I am going to get what I want. I will weather this storm tethered to the faith that nothing can stop me."
Don't just say this to yourself, tell it to the naysayers. The more you say it, the stronger your confidence around it will become.
Next, decide on what you want.
Don't give me that look. It may seem like this should be step one, but it shouldn't.
Deciding on what you want takes insight, and honest insight takes courage and strength - the same courage and strength you build when you can weather the storm of naysayers and doubt.
When you think about what you want, don't just put assets in your mind. Instead, sit alone in a quiet place where you can really go deeply into yourself. And envision what the perfect life would look like.
Now, this is key: don't just imagine what you want, think about what you don't want.
When you follow this three step process you are going to succeed. Just don't turn your life into an iteration of The Money's Paw. Be ready to avoid the things you can't live with. That way you'll be more appreciative when you finally get the things you can't live without.
When you've done these two things - you have a tether and you have a vision - then you're ready for step three.
Now, find a guide.
There are many obstacles on the road between you and your goals. It's dangerous to go alone.
There are many who have gone before you, others who have stood where you are today and overcome the odds to reach their goals. Whether you want to lose weight or learn a language, or you want to be your own boss and start a business that excels, your best chance of winning the game is with a partner who's already played.
You're on the road toward something incredible. I'm so grateful that you've chosen to share that journey with me.
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