Stage 1 – Build
Many practitioners begin dreaming about their practices while they are still in their training program. Were you already champing at the bit when you graduated, or did you wonder if you were ready?
Both are usual, and no matter what you felt, it was probably accompanied by some overwhelm at getting a business off the ground. Regardless of modality, most practitioner training programs don’t include time to teach what you really need to know about building a business, so it can seem daunting when you first set off on your own.
For instance, since most practitioners don’t like the idea of owning a business, most devote an extraordinarily small amount of time to that! You may be stumped by trying to figure out what you should focus on first:
- Learning to build your own website?
- Getting 10,000 business cards printed?
- Renting a full time studio?
- Quitting your job?
- Signing up for a business phone, credit card, checking account?
The way I look at it, the real question is:
What are the business “things” you really need to take care of, and which ones can you ignore without much consequence?
That’s why I’ve put these articles in this section—they are related to basic business themes and what you need to pay attention to as you get your business off the ground, so that you can focus on what you really need to do: GET CLIENTS who will help you build your confidence, increase your experience, and help you discover how you want to shape your practice.
You’ll find posts on money, gremlins, schedule, systems that help your business, procrastination and many more business-oriented topics.
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What comes next..
You’ve been at this for a while and you’ve got clients. But you’re tired, or poor—or both—and maybe you think about quitting. Any way you look at it, you can see nothing will change unless you do.
You know what you’re doing, and it’s not enough to get what you want: people want to be fixed… you want them to grow through your work. You long to align your life purpose and your practice.
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