7 Launch Your Own Business Ideas

I was scrolling down my Facebook timeline the other day and I stumbled upon a friend’s post. She was sharing her daughter’s good news of starting a business.  Her daughter is a nurse, and she just launched a new business that helps new moms care for their newborn babies.  To be quite honest I had never heard of such a business.  I thought to myself that this was a great way to launch a business based on what she already knew how to do. It’s a creative way to start a new business that’s based on passion and skill, and quite frankly most successful ventures begin much in the same way.

Why not get paid to do what you love?  It’s a simple concept right?  Yet so many overlook the hidden potential that exists right in our own unique set of skills, talents, and abilities.

Corny as it may seem, my friend’s daughter found the hidden treasure within herself.  Instead of re-creating the wheel, she is using her skills as a nurse to help teach mothers the basics of caring for their babies, from proper bathing techniques to feedings. It’s proving to be a very lucrative venture for her, because she has discovered her target market, and she caters to their needs.

You can do it too. Stretch yourself by asking yourself three laser coaching questions:

  1. In what area(s) do people seek my advice or expertise?
  2. What do I already know how to do well?
  3. Consider the area(s) where you’ve done well in the past.  What circumstances were in place that empowered you to do win? How can you re-create a similar experience?

Once you’ve answered these three laser coaching questions you will begin to discover your own unique talent, out of which you can build a business around it.

Here are a list of at least 7 launch your own business ideas.  Based on your passion and skill set, see which ones resonate with you.

  1. Caterer/Chef. Catering to a unique client group (i.e., personal chef,  lunch and learns for groups, community organizations, apartment complex clubhouses, etc.)
  2. Painting.  I recently went to dinner with a group of friends, we had a girls nite out. We enrolled in a free style painting class as we wined and dined. It was one of the stress free expressions of creativity I had experienced in a long time.  It didn’t matter what we painted, we just let the paint brush flow on our blank canvas, and what we ended up with was our own unique creation. The instructor charged was an inspirational coach, she charged us $30 as she encouraged us to paint our stress away.
  3. Local Food Shopper.  You can market yourself, pass out business cards, and go to the store.  This a great service that caters to the elderly, the sick and shut in, and of course busy professionals.
  4. Online Event Planner. You can literally plan an online webinar or a telephone seminar with FREE technology these days. Simply announce an event on Facebook live, or some other social media outlet, and you will be up and running in minutes.
  5. Household Organizer. Organize rooms, closets, kitchens, offices, etc. Market yourself as an expert in this area, and cater to busy corporate professionals for example.
  6. Used Books Re-seller. Almost everyone has some used books these days.  With most books now available as digital downloads, real books are a unique opportunity to make some money. You can sell what you have online, gather books from others (donations) and re-sell them.  Make your shop known for something. “Re-seller of Civil Rights Books” is a catchy phrase, tapping into a specific market, for example.
  7. Teach what you’ve learned.  Or a better way to say it is this…learn something new, then teach it. The most effective trainers, on any subject matter, are always those individuals who have themselves invested time and resources in order to learn a new skill, or to advance their knowledge in a certain area. Tapping into the power of sowing and reaping, developing a new business idea based on something you’ve just learned yourself, is a powerful way to become an entrepreneur.

3 Easy and Effective Ways To Prevent Burnout

Recently I found myself living my life on level 110!

I was in the middle of relocating, I was doing some traveling, working and speaking, and I found that I had little to no time to myself, I was becoming exhausted.

So I had to take a pause, I mean I literally put everything on hold, and really not so much by choice…

My body shut me down.  I had to take it easy.  My body was calling for more rest.

So I’ve been taking it easy lately, I braided my hair for the summer, and in my rest I’ve become refreshed.

It’s easy for goal oriented, purpose driven people to become burn out.

Here’s why…

It’s because we are always focused on producing results, and that takes action. Action is forward motion, and if we are not careful, no matter how positive and driven we are, we will eventually burn out.

In addition to eating right, and working out, there were still things that I needed to do in order to care for myself.  I realized that the reason for my burnout was because I needed to put into practice a few more very important self-care habits.

Set Boundaries

Identify your personal and professional limits, then stand your ground. Consider what you can and can not tolerate, and make no apologies for it.  Realize that the word “NO” is a complete sentence, and that your “NO” does not require further explanation. If what is being asked of you does not align itself with your purpose, say no to it or them. Time is a valuable resource, and wasting it on things that have nothing to do with where you ultimately want to be, is a sure fire way road to burn out.

Say YES To YOU

Fear, guilt and self-doubt are all self-sabotage. Some people fear the other person’s response if they set boundaries, however it is important to realize that your boundaries are how you love and respect yourself. Setting boundaries so that you protect your energy is smart, especially when you notice that you feel emotionally drained when you interact with certain people.  It’s important to identify the energy drainers in your life, so that you can set and protect your boundaries.

Make Self-Care a Priority

Practice self-care on a daily basis. Here is a list of daily self care practices that I have incorporated into my life:

  1. I get plenty of sleep. Now this did require that I move closer to my office (I was driving an hour in the morning, and an hour at night to get home). Now I literally can walk across the street and be at work within a couple minutes, and this allows me to sleep in later in the mornings. I usually start my day at 8am, versus 5am when I had to get up early just to fight traffic.
  2. I meditate for at least 30 minutes every morning. I sit still, or lay in my bed, and I just allow myself to be in the moment, with no distractions, no worries, nothing to focus on, and I just breathe. It relaxes me and breathing is a great way to clear your body of toxins.
  3. I make sure I have something wonderful to look forward to, every single day. Sometimes it’s reading a great book, sometimes it’s doing nothing at all. You’d be surprised how effective the emotion of “anticipation” can be in your life.
  4. I’ve picked up a new hobby. Some friends of mine and I went out for some girls night fun, and we enrolled in a painting class. I never realized how much of a stress reliever painting could be. With every stroke of color on my blank canvas I became more and more energized. Painting is a beautiful way to create something new and unique, something that’s all your own. It’s a fun activity, and I look forward to doing it again very soon.

 

What’s Your Mission Statement

What is the Mission Statement for your life?

It’s a powerful coaching question for you to ask of yourself. Think about it, every great organization has a mission statement.  Why?  Because it is a written representation of their core values, and it is a powerful way of reminding themselves of who they truly are.

Think of your life as your organization.  You are the C.E.O. of YOU, Inc.  What does your company look like?  What are your core values?  What is the meaning of your existence here on earth? What’s your service?  What or who are you an answer to?

Your mission statement is the essence of who you are, taking into consideration all of your strengths and challenges, hopes and dreams,  gifts and talents,  abilities and passions.

Having a clear understanding of your life’s mission is important because it becomes your guide as you make decisions. When you are intentional about only choosing those options that are aligned with your values, you stay true to your life’s mission.  You will make better choices in relationships.  You will make better career choices.  Areas of health & wellness will improve.

When you choose outside of your values then you stray away from your mission, you become someone you’re not. You lose your authenticity when you choose outside of your core values, and you begin to live in ways that are beneath you.

Here is a powerful coaching exercise designed to help you develop your own personal mission statement. Remember to answer as if you are already “that person”

Coach yourself through this process

I am at my best when:

I prevent times when I am:

I enjoy my work by finding opportunities where I can:

I find enjoyment in my personal life through:

I find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as:

I can do anything I set my mind to. I:

My life’s journey is about being:

The most important people in my life are:      About me, they will say that:

My most important future contribution to others will be:

I am energized by:

I am healed from:

I incorporate the following attributes (values) into my life:
I constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:

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Dr. Jacki’s Personal Mission Statement

I am at my best when I am free, creative, calm, confident, coaching, sharing wisdom and when I feel God’s presence all around me.

I prevent times when I am stressed, rushed, not prepared, or when I feel as if my personal space is crowded.  I also try to prevent times when I feel as if I have to give up on my dreams and settle for less, or when I feel as if I have let others down .

I enjoy my work by finding opportunities where I can create, lead, and share wisdom. I love feeling free. I love to work from home. I am relentlessly dedicated to building my business and to developing my brand. I give myself permission to do the work that I know I am capable of in order to grow my business.

I find enjoyment in my personal life through pampering myself and sharing quality time with loved ones. I love to sit still and sip herbal tea on my balcony. I love to listen to music. I enjoy solitude and early mornings. I love taking long walks.

I find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as writing and speaking.

I can do anything I set my mind to. I own a location independent businesses teaching classes online, coaching and promoting self-help resources, speaking and hosting conferences, motivating and inspiring in the areas of personal and professional development.  My business generates a generous income consistently because my profits are in my purpose.

My life’s journey is about being an example of spiritual excellence and growth in the areas of personal and professional development. I demonstrate the power of authenticity in everything that i do. I show that there is freedom in being true to oneself, in all facets of life .

The most important people in my life are my mom and dad, my loving spouse, my daughter and my closest friends.  Of me, they will say that impact their lives in positive ways and that because of my example they made great choices .

My most important future contribution to others will be teaching others how to live by faith, follow their heart and to take their brain along, and to allow God to guide decisions.

I am energized by rest, relaxation, scents of lavender in my quiet alone time.

I am healed from past hurts. I am released from all toxic relationships.

I incorporate the following attributes (values) into my life:
Courage, Faith, Determination, Influence, Love, Passion, Fulfillment, Freedom, Integrity

I constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:
Healthy & Wellness, Exercise, Spirituality, Nurturing Relationships, Financial Freedom

 

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You may have some inner work to do in order to create your personal mission statement and that is totally o.k. We all go thru a process of our own, and there’s certainly no judgement in that.

The important thing to remember is that this is YOUR life’s mission, your journey is unique to you.  You don’t have to adjust your values for anyone.  In fact, make it your mission to free yourself from anything or anyone who holds you back, so that you can fully become who you were created to be.

 

If You Want More, Don’t Settle For Less

I’ll never forget the advice I heard a mother give when her daughter was in a previous relationship.  Her daughter that that he was her everything.  They had merged their lives together, sharing the same space, combined incomes, basically living as husband and wife…but he never popped the question.

Of course the mom told her what most mothers tell their daughter’s in similar situations…

“Why would be buy the cow when the milk is free?”

She wanted more, but she was giving herself permission to settle for less…

So needless to say,  She ended the relationship, and she became free.

Her freedom became her saving grace.  She learned lessons about herself, after much soul searching.

Maybe you can relate to her story, I know I can.

When you finally get free from what or who holds you back here’s what you’ll learn:

  1. It’s o.k. to walk away from what ever, or from whom ever no longer serves my best interest.
  2. NO is not just a word, it’s a complete sentence.
  3. When you start seeing the value within others will too.
  4. You will attract unto yourself only at the level of what you believe you deserve.

Many people say that they want more money, a better job or career, a wonderful loving relationship, free time to explore and to create and to pursue their dreams…

Yet, unfortunately many of those same people will remain stuck in the same place day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, without any forward movement.

You don’t have to remain where you are if you are unhappy.  You can change, even if all you do is change your mind.

Believing that you are only going to achieve a certain level of success, or believing that you are only capable of having a certain type of relationship, or feeling as if you are only able to do what you’ve always done, are VERY limiting ways to look at your life.

When you look at your life from a narrow perspective then you will never be open to the endless opportunities that await you.

From now on, make a commitment to yourself to NEVER settle for less than what you truly deserve.

Know that you are a product TODAY of the choices you made in the past.  If you want a better life, start NOW making different choices.

Here’s how you can start NOW making different choices for your life:

  1. Ask yourself this question: “What or Who no longer serves my best interest?” (Write it down) Make a choice TODAY to unfriend, disconnect, or walk away from that negativity.
  2. Decide what you need to say NO to. (Write it down)
  3. What are you known for as being an expert in? (Write it down) – Ask yourself how you can best maximize that valuable gift that you have.
  4. Write down a list of 10 qualities you want in your ideal partner.  Keep this list in a place where you will look at it everyday.  Repeat the list out loud several times until it becomes a part of your inner D.N.A. and start to believe that who you want is already looking for you.

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