Entrepreneurial Mindset – Heart and How You Impact Lives

ImpactFactorMovie_Banner_040515How will you know when you’ve arrived at the door of success? There are probably a few things that will let you know, each having varying levels of excitement for you and those whose company you’re in. It also depends on how you define ‘success’ for yourself.  I recently got introduced into a group of well-respected and amazing people who are braced to … Continue Reading –>> 

 

That’s My Story and I’m Sticking To It!

SteveJobs_LiveLife_040115I am who I am!  … That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

What a way to start a blog post and how did that make me feel? Liberated! I am who I am and I am being the best me I can be!  

I’ve talked to so many people who are hiding, just like I was. Hiding from being their best selves.  Why?  

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Access to Free Money Most Small Businesses Don’t Know About

There are all sorts of great lists of the traditional funding methods and sources for small business, however, where can you find out about the non-traditional funding sources available to raise capital or fund projects and programs, especially two: Grants and Fundraising Activities?

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You guessed it … right here … “Access To Free Money Most Small Businesses Don’t Know About!”  They are:

*[1] GRANTS.* Many people believe you have to be a non-profit organization (NPO) to get grant money and that grant money somehow doesn’t apply to your Small Business needs and goals. Not true!

As a funding expert, a grant writer and strategy development consultant, I’ve seen the grants world evolve. I’ve also chosen to enlighten the Small Business community on the newer developments and how to go about pursuing this available source of money.   

With funding sources seeing the advantages of partnering with Small Business in order to further their own missions, access to grants has come available as one of the newer Non-Standard Approaches to funding. It truly is for the heart-centered, purpose-driven business owner whose mission includes more than driving revenue to its’ bottom line. There’s a clear giving component to doing business, whether to your own project or program, or to one you might choose to partner with to effect positive change.

This is why some are convinced that having a non-profit arm of their for-profit business is the way to go. In many instances, it absolutely appropriate. In other instances, there is another way that saves a business owner from managing, marketing and growing a 2nd business and involves aligning with a Fiscal Agent.
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*[2] Traditional and Non-Traditional FUNDRAISING Activities.*  Fundraising can happen many ways and with the growing participation in crowdfunding, plus the upcoming change, it allows for easier campaigning across a broader global audience.

While the days of the fish fry and sale of chicken dinners are not gone, there are a number of things that can be done besides these. I would like to note that these two events have shown record consistent success, although they have also been a lot of work of the hands of a lot of volunteers.  That doesn’t change and that is what makes this type of fundraising so good. There are a few things that can be done by small business to raise money for a cause, whether it’s a large piece of equipment, to raise funds to cover the salary of a new yet needed employee whose addition would dramatically impact company earnings capabilities, a project or program that you want to provide for an underserved population.

-Establish a training program for employees to learn to eat better, causing healthier employees, reducing a increasing statistics of obesity among the working class … qualifies in the health and wellness category and training

-Writing a book that is coupled with strategies for building viable and sustainable new women-owned businesses, providing a support mechanism to business owners earning less than $xx.xx revenue in the last 12-24 months and who cannot afford to pay for the coaching, consulting and business development help they need. While the SBA and SCORE are available to assist in many ways, a specialized program could qualify in the category of training.

  -Supporting a program, project or a cause that is truly others focused provides another oportunity to bring funds to you.

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The bottom line is, when you’ve got a business, program or project and you want to do something that has a farther reaching benefit either to a person (not the business owner), a group of persons, or the business per se’, something that will benefit more people because of what you’re doing, when you can define the what, why, when, and how that happens, you could qualify to apply for grant funding, as well as do traditional and non-traditional fundraising to raise capital.

If you’d like more information about how small business owners can position themselves to pursue grant funding, or design a fundraising strategy that you can implement, send a request to info@skyhawkenterprises.biz

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Skyhawk Enterprises and Skyhawk Philanthropic Ventures is on a mission to educate and empower small business owners about innovative funding opportunities, and help design funding strategies that position small business owners to pursuit this type of funding source with more success. We do that through the P3 Academy of Social Entrepreneurship and invite you to come play with us.

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V. Lynn Hawkins is a small business strategist and business development expert, co-author of Woman Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, founder of the P3 Academy of Social Entrepreneurship, and host of the weekly BIZ Info Zone WebTV Show hosted in Google Hangouts on Air. Lynn helps women entrepreneurs plan and implement the strategies that build business and bring in more revenue, so they can do more good in the world.

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What’s Your Strategy to Build Your Strategy

Does that sound weird?

If it does, think about it a little more. As CEO of your business, there are so many things you must pay attention to. From your marketing and sales to your financial accountability and your operations.

When you’re running a successful business, and the most successful of business owners say they spend time developing a strategy for each part of their business and they have a strategy to build their strategies.

If you don’t have a strategy for your Social Media Marketing, let me give you a hand.  I found a great article by Neal Schaffer, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Your Social Business where he lists the 11 Essential Ingredients of a Comprehensive Social Media Strategy.

Check it out here …

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The Power of Decision

The Power of Decision!

All of the greats (Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Marianne Williamson, Iyanla Vanzant) have said that when you decide a thing, you have engaged the power of Source, God, the Universe, to assist you in making it happen. The Power of Decision! It’s electrifying!

What do you want to happen in and for your business in 2014?  Do you want to double your income? How about earn the revenue to pay the cost of the business acceleration program that will help you double, triple or even quadruple your income?  Decide.

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Why do you want what you want?  If you’ve clearly defined what you want for yourself, you must now give thought to why you want it. How will you benefit from gaining what you desire?  Who else will benefit and how will you know that they’ve gotten what you intended them to have? Decide.

Decide how you will do what it takes to build the momentum to cruise through doing your work with ease.  Cruising doesn’t mean you let go of the wheel, but even driving in cruise control, you must do your part to steer the car.  Decide how committed you will be to doing what you need to do, and do it.  Decide.

Knowing what you want and making a firm decision about it begins the process of informing your subconscious mind and the Universe that you are ready.  Beyond that, you must know that in deciding, you have enacted a Power that can work beyond whatever you can think or ask.

What’s End of Year Mean for You and Your Biz?

Approaching the end of the year, thoughts are driven to setting things in place to usher in business for the new year.  Year-end planning is a big deal in the corporate world and it is just as much a big deal for every entrepreneur, solopreneur or multi-preneur.
To begin your new year without a clear and detailed written plan is the best way to ensure that you will NOT make the progress, have the sustainable growth, or garner the income that you desire.  I’m not saying you won’t have some great successes, but what if you could have success that is greater than you could ever ask or think?
Having everything you want, having it all is easier than you may think. Let’s catapult your  business, P3tapult Your Business into 2014 and here are 3 things you MUST do to make it happen …

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Without Pulling Your Hair Out or Slitting Your Wrists!
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 by V. Lynn Hawkins, “The Money Girl”
Intuitive Business Mentor, Strategy Development Muse, Author
Lynn shares with her readers how to write a successful business plan without the pain that causes most to not undertake this task. Without a business plan, entrepreneurs limit the possibilities of business growth and success. To create such a business plan, you’ve created a valuable and energetic document that you are truly vested in.  It’s your vision board for your business!
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6 Steps to Small Business Success

Here are a few clearly defined steps that can ensure your business success and attract your ideal clients to you, giving you the benefit of increased traffic and revenue.  Check them out …
1. Start Smart.   Identify a niche. Don’t compete to be the lowest cost provider. Look for what makes your product or service unique and adds a special value for the client and charge for that value.
2. Plan Ahead.   People often ask me why bother with a business plan? Can’t I just have a marketing plan? Look at the lottery as an example. You may get lucky and get the winning ticket, but the odds are against you when you rely on random chance. I’m a risk taker…but not that much. Minimize the risk of going into business and maximize your potential for success. Take the time to write a plan of how you get from point A to point B that includes your marketing strategy. A plan gives you a clear future focus and increases your chances of success. You can even stay connected here at the B.I.Z. Info Zone!
3. Set up Systems.  The most basic system every business should have is a good financial system.
4. Seek out Sales.   The daunting question is how do you go about seeking out your first sale. Become a visible part of your market, and then ask for the sale. You begin the sales process with people that you know.
5. Aim for Growth.   The basic tenant of creating a company is that you own the company. You are not just creating a job for yourself. It’s less risk and less investment to get a job. Building a business is creating a company that is more than the job itself. Think about the future. It’s important to make a deliberate choice early about how you want to grow your company.
6. Leverage Opportunities.    Good luck. Good fortune. Good timing. All play a part in business. As a business owner, be very clear about your core focus for the business and how it serves clients. Your core business is what pays the bills. Always consider if a good opportunity is the right fit for your business.
This is sound advice for any entrepreneur, new in business of if you’ve been in business for years.
Read the entire write-up in my new 6 Steps to Small Business Success eBook.
To Your P3 Life and Biz  – Passion | Purpose | Profitability
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Transformational Biz Mentor | Biz Strategy Development Muse
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The 5 People Every Business Owner Needs to Have On Speed-Dial

By:  V. Lynn Hawkins, Business Coach, Consultant, Author, Speaker
The 5 People Every Business Owner Needs to Have On Speed-DialAs an entrepreneur, one of the first things I learned was the importance of having certain key people at the ready and more particularly, accessible to me on speed-dial.  So, to start off the New Year, I’m going to deliver a series about these 5 people, along with valuable information about how having access to these people can empower you to have a huge success in your business and life.  Having these 5 people and connecting with them regularly with diligence and discipline will become a testament to how well you treat yourself and your business.
Have you ever had a direct line to the important people in your life and knew that when you called, they answered or called you right back?  In this series, you will get introduced to these key people who for me were the difference between me getting the answer(s) I needed so I could make a good and informed decision, and recovering from costly mistakes.  When I felt like I had to shoot from the hip and rely on my own limited knowledge in certain areas, even with doing some degree of research and due diligence, there was a level of uncertainty that amounted to risk that I may not have had to take.  Taking care of yourself and your business using this information means you will know when to reach out for help and who to reach out to, and make it as cost effectively as possible.
Through the information I’m sharing, you will know who these key people are and why you want to have them within a phone call’s reach.  If you happen to think this is ‘no-brainer’ info, then I would say, ”are you doing it?” … and “If so, keep doing it and encourage others to do the same.”
Now here’s the first person you want to have on your speed-dial … It’s your bookkeeper, accountant or CPA.  Whether you have one of these important people, or all 3, the person who knows about and helps you manage your money should definitely be on your speed-dial.  Even if it’s just your business banker, when you need them, you want to reach them quickly and easily.  In case you didn’t know, they want you to reach them quickly and easily too.  You are a new business opportunity to them with every referral you send their way, and they want your referrals.
… and you have a tax preparer doing your taxes that you see annually at tax prep time, and that’s it.  Well, I used to be that person too.  I can tell you, life becomes much simpler and much more enjoyable when you manage your finances with the help of a bookkeeper and an accounting system.  While I don’t recommend any one accounting system, I do recommend you have one.  Also, make sure you download the weekly and monthly reports and review them, don’t just file them away.
Having a bookkeeper (or at least an accounting system that ties to your business bank account) helps you to stay accountable to doing your weekly and monthly accounting.  Keeping your records in good shape is one of your main goals as the CEO (chief executive officer) of your company.  You are also more likely to review the reports that will show you what you’ve spent against what you have budgeted.  There is business banking software that can make this process easier if you do intend to do this yourself, but if you do have a bookkeeper or other financial professional, get the reports and review them.  If you don’t understand them, get them to walk you through the information so you’ll know what you’re looking at and what it’s telling you.  Oprah said something profound which resonated with me since the day I heard it.  In short, “managing your money with the help of a professional is great, but don’t abdicate your authority, sign your own checks.”  If you even dream of having a business earning enough revenue to be able to hire that help, always plan a system that requires you to sign your own checks, or approve them for signing by an automated system.
Even if your company has a CFO (chief financial officer) who manages all of the financial responsibilities of the company, as CEO, you should review monthly summary accounting reports.  The following monthly reports represent the minimum reports for review, including: (1) the budget/actual report, (2) the bank statement reconciliation showing you your bank balance with what checks remain outstanding, (3) the profit and loss report, and (4) the accumulated budget/actual report which will show you each month’s income and expenses consecutively and an annual summary in one report. You can learn more about this by talking to your financial professional, or tuning into this series to see what other opportunities are waiting for you.
Now let’s talk about a very important point … the budget and actual reporting.  Prior to the beginning of each year, you should create a budget for the upcoming year.  This budget, much like your personal budget, should show the income (revenue) you expect to receive each month for the upcoming year.  Use S.M.A.R.T. goals to determine realistic stretch revenue goals, and if this seems to be a huge task, get help by having your financial professional to review the numbers with you.  Your budget will also show the expenses you expect to have from your rent, office supplies, insurance, salary, payroll, and other costs of operating your business.  It will be your best projection of revenue and expenses for the year and will be your gauge towards creating greater profits in your business.  You will know your breakeven numbers, your projected additional revenue, and what your profit is.  As CEO, you are responsible for making profits in your business.
Note: Breakeven is the least amount of revenue you must generate per month to cover projected expenses.  Income that is greater than breakeven is cash flow.  Consider holding your excess cash (or a percentage of excess cash) in a savings account so you can use it for something specific when the opportunity presents itself, including disbursing it to yourself as owner.
Lastly, money is magnetizing and making money is more magnetizing.  According to the author of Overcoming Underearning: Overcome Your Money Fears and Earn What You Deserve and Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life, Barbara Stanny says, “I firmly believe that, especially for women, financial success is a spiritual journey. Prosperity is our divine right and a divine duty. Each of us is here to do God’s work. Money is a vital tool for doing this work. You cannot possibly follow your God-given destiny, if you’re drowning in debt or struggling to make ends meet. This may shock some of you. But I believe money is God made visible. Having enough money allows you to live the life of your dreams and help others do the same.”
Knowing where your money (revenue) is coming from should be based on a strategy, a plan to generate revenue.  Knowing how, when and why you are spending well-earned revenue, is also a part of that plan.  Lastly, what you have earned and saved above what you need is the key to creating prosperity.  Remember, creating the flow of money into your business is magnetizing and will provide opportunity for more money to flow into your business.
Continue with us in this series as we unveil the other 4 of the 5 people that you want to have on speed-dial and create more success, more prosperity in your business and life.
V. Lynn Hawkins “The Money Girl”, is a trainer, business coach, consultant, funding expert, and co-author of the book, Woman Entrepreneur Extraordinaire.  She is a speaker and entrepreneur, President/CEO of Skyhawk Enterprises Business Coaching and Consulting.  Her mission is to help business owners start and strategize to build their business, complete their mission, make an impact in their communities and the world, while growing their income.  Lynn trains entrepreneurs to write their business plan, and on the how-to’s behind getting business funding; from conventional to crowd, and grant funding.  She has over two decades of business management, organizational development, team building, and coaching to get planned results.
Lynn has hosted teleseminars, conducted workshops and trainings, and has been a featured speaker/presenter on topics including; prosperity empowerment, business planning and development, funding and grants for the for-profit business.  Lynn has shared the speaker stages with some amazing presenters, and has hosted multiple business networking groups.  She is co-founder of the Entrepreneurial Mastery Retreat, leading the way for mastery in business through a retreat style business development and training conference.

Ask For What You Want!

I’ve asked a lot of questions in my career.  From my  experience, that’s how you learn. It’s also how you get what you want.  The problem is … if you don’t know how to ask for what you want, you don’t get what you want. You will no doubt get what you don’t want.

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So, is there a formula, or a secret to asking for what you want?  Read what one of my mentors says about how you ask for what you want. After you’re done, leave a comment to let me know how you ask for what you want, and then subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already done so. Here goes …
“Even though we are among the richest persons on earth, there comes a time when we have to ask for something. This proves that richness is never absolute. Even the richest person needs to ask people to do something for them. And when these people decline, it adds to the hurt.
A highly effective person is one who can ask for things in such a way that people offer to do it for them. Can you do that? Can you achieve perfection in this all-important skill?
When you have to ask someone for something, one of the first things you have to do is to use the right approach. You shouldn’t be too humble about what you are asking and you shouldn’t be too proud either. Ask casually, as a friend would ask another.
You should not let the other person feel like you are asking them arrogantly and at the same time you should not let them feel that they are doing a favor on you. Both extremes can have disastrous results in the long run.
So, when you are asking, have a smile on your face. Ask what you want directly, without hemming and hawing too much. Get straight to the point. Ask first, and then explain why you want that particular thing, again in very few words. Don’t beat around the bush. People should see that you are being practical about it. The demeanor should be thus—“I need something today, so I am asking you; when you need something tomorrow, I’ll help you out.”
Don’t feel inclined to go into detailed reasons for what you are asking unless the other person asks you precisely for it. If you are asking for money, you need not state the purpose in detail, but you will have to give a general idea to the person as to where you are going to spend their money—for an urgent hospital bill or to make a mortgage payment or to buy something. People like to know where their favors are going, but they don’t need to know too many details. That bores them.
Always make a promise as to when you will return what you are asking for, or how you will repay the favor later on. And stand by that promise when the time comes. This ensures good credit for you in the long run.
Above all, you need to remember that people are meant to help each other out in times of difficulty. If you are asking for help today, the tables may very well turn and someone will ask you for help tomorrow. Don’t disappoint them then. If you have a mind to help others out when you are able, people will read it and will extend you help today.’
If you’re asking for the sale, you have permission to ask how your customer would like to make payment. To even give them a choice is quite acceptable … like asking “by check or credit card?” Remember, if you don’t ask, you will not get what you want.
If you’re asking for a grant, or loan funding, the ask is in the form of an application with the appropriate supporting documentation, which may include a business plan. If you want what you’re asking for, be sure to give the information you are being asked for.  No more, no less; except if more will be an explanation about something that will answer any questions. If, for instance, credit questions come up in a loan application, give the answers in a separate letter or informational document so the lender doesn’t feel you’re willfully withholding information. In this case, more is better. The key in a loan request of any sort is to ensure you let the lender know how and when you propose the loan will be repaid.
Ask with confidence; act with integrity, and you are more certain to get what you ask for!
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I hope you enjoyed this post. Keep an eye out for more. This is only the beginning.
V. Lynn Hawkins, Biz Coach and Consultant,
Creator of the “7-Hour Biz Plan Blueprint Workshop”
President, Skyhawk Biz Coaching and Consulting
Find me: http://www.skyhawkenterprises.biz
Contributing Author: Stephanie Mulac, author, mentor and coach. Stephanie Mulac has spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the technology and self improvement industry and has coached thousands of students to financial freedom through effective use of their inner power. Stephanie spends her time with family as “Master Manifestors” and they are RVers traveling the US.