Making money from other people’s efforts: right or wrong?

 

‘Get $2000 each time someone signs up!’

‘See lots of £55 flowing into your account, as your people sign up for my programme!’

‘Not only will it change lives, you will benefit financially too!’

These lines are very common in a world where a new way of making money is coming to the fore.  It’s called affiliate sales, where you promote someone else’s product or service and get paid for it.

Not that this is new at all really, it’s been done for years. But with the advent of computers and the internet it is now done automatically – and therein lies the appeal for some people. Money really can flow into your account without you apparently doing anything for it.

So for instance, Jodi Chapman, a colleague of mine, sets up the software at her end to enable me to subscribe as an affiliate of her programmes. She then provides me with a link (like the one above) which means that if you buy her product, at her end she is told that has happened, and that she owes me a certain amount of money.

There’s nothing wrong with any of this, except that morally people have all different kinds of ideas about it. (Well you probably know if you’ve been on my list for a while that I believe there is nothing wrong with anything unless you think there is, but that’s a whole other topic!)

Some people think this kind of information should be shared for free (and I do that too); others think it is fine to make a bit of money (or a lot) from sharing it. And then there are all sorts of other opinions in between these two.

But what it boils down to is this – what is it that motivates you?  For me, I have no choice, it appears. My mission on earth is to inspire and awaken others to live their lives in abundance, pleasure, joy, happiness, peace and contentment.

The form surrounding this mission has changed over the years, but it’s always been my driving factor.

That’s got nothing to do with money (abundance includes money, and plenty of other things too). But sharing others’ work that I know is great IS something I have always done, regardless of whether there is money involved or not.

So you have to find your own way with this. For me, I had the realization above. Plus I have to have tasted that person’s work myself personally before I can recommend them. It feels all wrong otherwise. But you might be different, and that’s OK.

Ultimately, sometimes I share things that I will receive a cut of and sometimes there’s no money involved.

If you want to explore this opportunity above (or any other) but you don’t want to subscribe to the notion of affiliates, then just take off the identifying link in the url and you’ll get to a page that will enable you to do that without any money exchange going on.

I’d love to know what you think about all this, so do comment and lets hear!

Do you have a business or are you in a J.O.B?

How does the word ‘business’ make you feel?  On the recent Wild Wealth Programme one thing that emerged was something I’ve seen over many years in this profession. It’s the effect this word has on many solo professionals.

When I had our complementary health clinic, there were few practitioners who considered themselves as anything other than ‘having a private practice’.   Some even described what they did as ‘just seeing a few clients’.

When you don’t think you are running a business, then it’s very likely you don’t conduct your financial affairs in a business like manner. This then means that it’s likely you won’t have a separate bank account for your business, that you trade your time for money, that you maybe don’t even pay yourself. These are not great things if you are wanting to build a sustainable business!

So today I’m asking you one of the questions from the Wild Wealth programme.

When you consider the statement ‘I am a successful business person’, how do you feel, what kinds of thoughts go through your mind?

How you respond to this statement will tell you something both about your idea of business and your idea of success.   Post your response by clicking on the number at the top right hand of the post, I’d love to hear from you!

And while we’re about it, here’s a few more illuminating questions:

  • Do you do all you can to limit the amount of money you bring in so you don’t have to pay any tax?
  • When do you pay yourself – after all the other bills, or are you top of your list of priorities?
  • Do you consider your only source of income to be that from your business?

All of these questions will tell you about how you view not only your business, but your wealth creating capacity.

The more successful practitioners in our clinic almost invariably did consider they were running a business, and often had the back up to help them do that, whether that be part-time administrative help, book-keeping, coaching or other advisers.  And part-time could be literally a couple of hours a week, or sometimes even less. But the great thing was, they had a business mindset.

So do you have a business mindset? Or are you really in a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke). Because if you’re in the second category, you’ll never be able to really reap the benefits of owning and running a real business, such as most of what you do being tax deductible; knowing exactly what the numbers in your business are saying, to help you make decisions; or making a profit and being able to do what you like with that.

One of the first things you can do to take you further with developing your business is to pay attention to your money – start to love it, that’s what paying attention is about! You can do this by using the Radical Income Welcome Toolkit, which if you have already bought, I wonder are you actually using?

The Toolkit enables you to start to think about your money in a radically different way, a way that lets you love it for what it is, as well as what it can do for you. You’ll be able to identify your Money Comfort Level, and also be putting into practice a very simple but really effective method of welcoming in more income.   All of which is essential of course to a growing business!

If you haven’t already bought it, I invite you to do so now – here’s the link. It’s incredibly good value, check it out now and see what I mean!

3 hidden home truths about business that hardly anyone talks about

  1. Just because you have a very professional looking website does not mean you are financially successful.

    Not at all, in fact!  I know several people who have fabulous websites and are just scraping by, and some who have pretty ordinary websites, even boring, but are making plenty of money.  Moral: when designing your website, make sure you have all the critical components but don’t spend hours trying to get it ‘right’. Better to apply the maxim ‘done is better than perfect’ (especially as there is no ‘right’ or ‘perfect’ to get).

  2. When someone tells you it will work because it worked for them – the truth is, it might!  And it might not.

    What works for one person does not necessarily work for even one other person. Even if they do exactly what they have been told. Think about it – how on earth can it?  No two minds are alike.  You cannot know what is going on in the mind of another, so regardless of what someone else says (including me) how can you guarantee the results that person can get?

    On the matter of guarantees – many business owners/websites will guarantee results or your money back. Some will give it, some won’t.   They may indeed feel very confident about their product, so confident that they are happy to give money back. But let’s be clear, what’s really going on here is that any concerns you have about paying for the product are being addressed, so that you will buy it.  A guarantee simply helps to make you feel safe, which makes it easier to buy.

  3. Setting goals is not the be-all and end-all.

    It has been proven statistically for a long time now that if you set a goal you are more likely to reach it. For example, when you think about travelling somewhere, that is true. Unless you deliberately set off without any knowledge of where you want to end up, in which case you’re not playing the goal-setting game, then you will by default have chosen a goal. Buy a train ticket to Inverness and you have your goal – to arrive in Inverness.

    However with a business, goals tend to be along the lines of ‘I want 10 more clients’ or ‘My goal is to increase sales by 25%.  Clear, well defined, albeit without a date, which usually goal aficionados ask you also to set.   This is all based on encouraging you to keep taking regular actions which will enable you to arrive at your goal. And there’s nothing wrong with any of this – unless you are not enjoying the process, or discover when you get your goal that actually it’s not quite what it was made out to be.   If that’s what’s happening, then stop playing the goal-setting game. See what happens when you just turn up in life and your business instead. (Yes, that is the extreme opposite, and I don’t necessarily advocate that, but it is interesting to play with this!)  Usually I invite people to set an Intention-Direction (ID) instead.
    You can read more about them here.

    Enjoy!

Living Spiritually in a Messed-Up Marketplace


River-drawing

One of the struggles many heart-centered entrepreneurs have is reconciling what you have to do to make a business work, with the spiritual values and love at the core of who you are.

There’s often a sense of defeat or numbness that comes when it seems you can’t do what needs to be done to make it financially without abandoning your heart.

 

So let’s take a little trip into the Columbia River Gorge, to a town named Corbett. Continue reading

Do You Have a Self-Employed Job or a Business?

In a coaching session the other day, I was introducing the notion that those who are self-employed have a different mindset from those who are employees. I first heard of this notion through Robert Kiyosaki’s book The Cashflow Quadrant: The Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom.  The question is, do you have the kind of thinking that corresponds with a self-employed person, an employee, a business owner, or an investor? Read on to find out. Continue reading