One of my favorite things about being self-employed...

The more people who own little businesses of their own, the safer our country will be….for the people who have a stake in their country are its best citizens.

~ John Hancock

Postcard from Barbara

Five Fun Free Things to Do

Invite Encouragement

Postcard from Barbara

Cycles are a normal part of every business. Although it may take a couple of years to figure out the cycles of your enterprise, being aware of the times when you are busy serving customers and times when nobody seems to care about you is important for your emotional health as well as your time management.

In many ways, that’s one of my favorite things about being self-employed. We get to spend our time in diverse ways, exploring, testing, clarifying. Sharing your handmade creations at a craft fair is quite different from the hours spent making them. 

Equally valuable is learning to set goals, to turn ideas into reality. In fact, I’ve learned that shifting from thinking of something as a problem in need of solving to thinking of the same situation as a goal worth going after makes a huge difference. Imagination is unleashed. Dread and fear are pushed aside. 

Try it when you feel stuck or business slows down. Going after goals might just become your superpower.

Five Fun Free Things to Do

Remember what Scarlett O’Hara created with a pair of old drapes?

A former editor of Vogue magazine said, “The two requisites for being beautifully dressed are 1) good taste and 2) a severely limited budget. Mediocrity comes from having too much money.”

What applies to your closet can apply equally well to your business. After all, your creative spirit comes out of your imagination, not your pocketbook. Here are a few suggestions for doing things that are totally free.

√ Go to the library. Don’t just dash in and out. Schedule a day to explore with the aid of a reference librarian. What’s new in your field? What publications exist that your potential customers read? Your mind never outgrows its need for new ideas—and ideas are the stock in trade for librarians.

√ Adopt a protege. Since we learn best by teaching, what better way to sharpen your own skills than by helping someone else? You might find a local group that works with new (or even kid) business owners who would love a bit of experienced help.

√ Give a speech. It won’t cost you a penny, but it can add to your visibility and confidence.

√ Get yourself on your local talk show circuit. Radio, tv and now podcasts need interesting guests. Be one.

√ Tour a booming business. Take regular field trips to all kinds of businesses—not just those that are similar to yours. You’ll come up with new things that you might adopt—as well as things you want to avoid.

Invite Encouragement

My friends would tell you that I’m passionate (even zealous) about many things including helping others to be successfully self-employed. 

In all the years that I’ve traveled the country conducting my Making a Living Without a Job seminars, I’ve met thousands of people who hold the dream of working for themselves. What can be disconcerting is realizing that most of us who travel down this path find it a solo journey. That can be a challenge.

That’s precisely why I began publishing Winning Ways newsletter to share my own adventures in converting the things I love to do into exciting enterprises.

I think of Winning Ways as a scrapbook of ideas that I pass along every other month. Each issue includes book reviews, subscriber news, plus articles to grow your entrepreneurial mindset—and your enterprise. 

Whether being joyfully jobless is already a reality for you or a future goal, you’ll find dozens of practical and tested ideas you can borrow. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “A person’s mind stretched to a new idea can never return to its original dimensions.” The real purpose of Winning Ways is to bring you ideas that stretch your mind.

At the moment, I’m working on the July/August issue and find myself getting excited (as I do with every issue) about what I’ll be sharing. So if you could use another entrepreneurial friend, I’d love to have you along. 

If you subscribe before July 15th, I’ll also send you the May/June issue as a bonus.

Buon Viaggio,  

Barbara Winter

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