Manifesting is all the rage right now. While I don’t believe life is about getting everything you want (that would be boring) I do think that some manifesting concepts can be super beneficial in business.
Particularly when you’re self employed.
When it’s all on you. When success requires not only hard work but self confidence and trust.
To be self employed and not go crazy or crazy broke, you have to do two things:
- Pay yourself less than you make
- Believe in yourself
Everything else is extra.
On that note, here are some of the extra things I think and do outside of the realm of marketing and sales.
1. Choosing love over fear
Being self employed can be scary, especially in the beginning. But even when you get past the first year or two, uncertainty remains.
Like with my maternity leave right now. I made sure to set aside enough money for four months (three months not working plus one month to allow for getting paid for new projects when I start back up), but now I have this unshakable feeling like I lost the momentum I had going this winter and spring.
I feel behind. A little untethered.
But I can’t choose fear.
I love my business. I love what I do. I love loving what I do. I love getting paid for my brain–what it’s naturally good at and what it likes to learn. I love working from home.
The love can go on and on. It just keeps going. And it leads to confidence, creativity, and trust.
Way better than fear spirals.
2. Believing in abundance
Here’s a stupid thought: There are so many copywriters out there. There’s too much competition for me to be successful.
I am proud to never have had this thought but I have read iterations of it online.
I do not buy into that thought because
- I feel somewhat protected by having a niche
- I believe in abundance
And here’s why it’s dumb: there are so many businesses out there! So many new solopreneurs.
There’s something for everyone. Not all copywriters like the same kind of projects, industries, or clients. So on the practical level it’s an easy thought to dispel, but deeper than that, I choose to believe that if there’s something I truly feel called to do, God will provide.
3. Using intuition
You don’t have to be very spiritual to value your gut feeling.
Mine tends to protect me from disorganized people, thank God. I don’t always succeed at listening to my intuition (sometimes the pay sounds better) but the more I do, the more I—to borrow the tagline of Marie Forleo—”create a business and a life I love.”
4. Cliff jumping
Just go ahead and leap.
Leap safely. Leap lightly. Leap dangerously.
But just leap.
When you own your own business you have to be #fearless and leap several times—not just at the beginning when you first start out.
You have to leap when you offer a new service, let go of a big client that isn’t a fit, or jump on a big scary conference call with someone kind of fancy. You get it.
We just keep leaping.
5. Having mantras
Mantras are cool. Here’s one of mine that gives good vibes in personal life and in business:
“I am supported and supporting.”
As a service provider, the word “support” means a lot to me, and that’s why I care about the above mantra.
I am supporting my clients in their businesses and I in turn am supported in numerous ways. Not just financially but in my own growth.
So there you have it: a peak into the other things (besides lead gen, prospecting, etc. etc.) that go into solopreneurship.
Call it “mindset,” if you must.