Do you spend a lot of time worrying about is where our next paycheck is coming from? You’re not a lone. In a 2017 study, Career Builder found that 78% of American’s live paycheck to paycheck.
But every one of us has the potential to shape our financial lives to move beyond such financial strain.
Making investments in yourself through time, education, and financial self-care is more than worth it. When you take the time to discover your speciality and care for your future self, the sky is the limit.
Are you ready to invest in yourself as you work towards starting your wellness practice?
If so, consider supporting yourself along your entrepreneurial journey with the following tips.
Take Your Time
I graduated from massage therapist school in 2008. Yep- right when the sub-prime housing market crash sent the economy into a recession.
It wasn’t until 2010 that I finally left my traditional work and started working only for day spas.
Acknowledging the then-current economic issues, I made the strategic choice to take my time before making any drastic career changes.
For example, I kept my cushy non-profit job and worked as a massage therapist on the side for a couple of years. And doing so allowed me to make ends meet during the less than desirable economic downfall.
By taking your time and not rushing into anything, you can always be sure to make informed choices. And you can maintain stability in your life moving ahead.
Keep Looking Forward
Once I finally started working for day spas in 2010, I found that I was always under-employed at every day-spa I worked at. I could never get enough hours or enough clients!
I jumped from day-spa to day-spa, averaging a job change every 9 months as I searched for enough work.
If you’ve gone through similar trying times, it’s absolutely normal and nothing to be ashamed of.
By making further investments in my education, I was eventually able to start working for myself. And you will also be able to get all the work you need by persevering.
Persevere No Matter What
I eventually found the success I was searching for, but it didn’t come easy. I struggled significantly at the beginning.
It wasn’t until I start working for myself that I was finally able to have enough hours or get enough clients.
Once self-employed, I was finally in charge of my own marketing! And this meant I was able to get the clients and income I finally needed.
Of course, once marketing is in your hands, it’s only as useful as you make it. And that’s why taking the time to invest in yourself by learning how to do it effectively is crucial.
(If you’d like to learn more about marketing, feel free to discover more about it in the online marketing course that we offer!)
Improve Your Relationship With Money
Like many healers, I had a bad relationship with money. I felt that sales were sleazy and that my fantastic work “should” be free to everyone. I was experiencing that wounded healer guilt that many of us feel when asking for money for our restorative work.
I very clearly remember my first real private client. I was terrified to ask them for money after their massage. I remember feeling a massive surge of energy in my body like I was on pins and needles. And when I finally received the money, I felt such a release.
Although it may seem wrong to charge for your healing work, the bottom line is that it’s a service you’re providing. And there is nothing wrong about your healing work being a means of income so that you can sustain yourself.
You can’t fill other people’s cups unless your own is full first.
Always Educate Yourself
When I became in charge of earning my own income, I realized that I really needed more education on how to run a successful business. I wanted to know how to get more clients.
I went to my first business class called “How To Get More Clients In The Next 30 Days Than You Had In The Last 90”. Little did I know that I would get hooked on education and take many more business courses over the years.
The education I received would allow me to go from broke to booming in my business (which our courses on branding and marketing can also help you do).
I went from asking my boyfriend to help cover rent to paying for a wedding and buying a home together. I went from being bearly able to pay bills to afford vacations to Tahiti and Japan.
And, because of my financial stability, I got to take extended family leave after giving birth to my baby girl.
Your dreams can come true too. I want that for you. And like me, I hope you learn to invest in yourself also.
Let’s end with a quote from the famous investor, Warren Buffet: “The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. The more you learn, the more you earn.”