The Cost of Business

I’m sure this comes as no surprise to any of you. Running a business is expensive! Even if (especially if?) it is a part time business.

time and moneyIt’s on my mind because I have had to order more supplies recently. More business cards. More marketing. More website resources. More product.

And more time. (I wish I could buy that as easily as I can the business cards, although I’m sure the time would be MUCH more expensive!)

When you run a business, there is always something that needs to be done. There is content or product to create, networking to be done, and marketing. There is always more marketing that can be done.

And it’s probably the place I miss the most opportunities. I love creating content. I love designing. I love teaching. I know how important marketing is. I even know a lot of the “how to”. I still struggle with it.

It takes time. The resource I struggle to manage the most as I follow my passion. It’s a good thing I love what I do!

Blessings,

Mary

Busy-ness and Business

June is a crazy month for me, and especially the last half of the month. I am so glad it is almost over!

busy personTwo of my boys have their birthdays in June, so we have birthday parties to deal with. Mostly we combine their parties into one event, because trying to find two separate dates at the end of June to have parties is just crazy.

Then there are all the end of school activities, and ceremonies and parties and beach days. The amount of permission slips I have signed in the last two weeks is out of control! Part of me wonders why they bother even calling it school at this time of year. But if it gets their required educational days in, I guess that makes everyone happy.

Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice are also end of June activities, and the Full Moon tends to fall in this time frame as well.

This year I’ve got an extra serving of work on my plate with the classes I am taking, and the assignments I have to grade for the class I taught. Thankfully, I have managed to finish grading all the assignments that have been turned in. Yay, me!

That covers the busy-ness. Now the business…

I’m running the Elements of Abundance course again, starting this week! You can register here, and it is only $47 for the 5-week class. The people who took it at the beginning of the year had some excellent results, and very good things to say about the course. And if you’re feeling lucky, there is still a bit of time to check out the Facebook contest!

You also still have time to register for my Summer Coaching Special. This is an amazing deal, with the 2 hour Discovery Session and 8 weeks of coaching – over $1000 worth of coaching for only $250! You’d be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 2 months. You can register for that here:

Summer Coaching Special for only $250

I look forward to working with you!

Blessings,

Mary

How are Huckleberries Like Business Opportunities?

This was originally posted directly to Facebook as part of my 30/60 Challenge on Tuesday, August 1st. I’m posting it here now so that I can have everything all in one place.

Today is the Celtic/Pagan festival known as Lammas or Lughnasadh. It is the first harvest of the season, and a time to celebrate the abundance we’ve been given. So it was the perfect day to go pick huckleberries with my son.

Huckleberry BushA few weeks ago, my son had wanted to harvest some huckleberries, and he went about it by cutting a large branch off the bush. I wasn’t too impressed by this, but the huckleberry tarts we had were absolutely delicious! So we spent probably two hours in the woods, harvesting huckleberries. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend one on one with him, and share a more environmentally friendly way of collecting the fruits.

I was able to share with him my respect for the bushes, and my gratitude for the berries they shared with us. I made sure we left berries on each bush, so the birds and insects would still have some food. I even modeled respect for the spiders who were using the bushes as snares for their meals by speaking to them and avoiding their webs while I was picking. He started the journey quite nervous about the spiders, and was calm about them by the end of the trail.

As my bucket slowly filled, I started looking at the huckleberry bushes like the business world. There are tons of opportunities out there. There are more opportunities than any one person could ever take advantage of. Some are very sweet, and some are sour, and some are just plain rotten. And many are prime for the plucking. And no matter how many people have walked the same path, picking the juiciest opportunities from the bushes as they pass, there will still be some left for the next person. And no two people who walk that way will choose the same berry from the same bush, or even choose them in the same way.

Today I was on a mission to collect the berries for future use. Most of the berries I picked ended up in the bucket. My son, however, ate more berries than he put in the bucket. And while we each started out with the same purpose, we went about it in a different way, each getting different results. Was one of us more successful than the other? I have my own theory on that. I’d love to hear yours in the comments below!

Blessings,

Mary