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!

The 3 Unsexy But Essential Pointers to Your Business Success

It’s tax return time again, and what are you doing?

  1. Scrabbling around, a bit panicky, trying to get figures together in time?
  2. Getting someone else doing it for you right now?
  3. Filed your return way before Christmas?

I’m glad to say I fall into the third category, and it was easy to provide the information to my accountant because I’d kept my monthly figures up to date throughout the year. I have a relatively complex set of figures to keep, but still, it was easy getting them all together.

However, it reminded me that this year I’d been not so good about practicing what I preach, and I spent a lot of last weekend getting everything up to date, so that next year’s return can be filed any time after April 2015.

But even if your tax return isn’t a problem for you, what about knowing exactly what’s going on in your business on a day to day basis?

Could you tell me what percentage of people buy which of your products or services?  Or how many on your mailing list signed up for your latest offering? Or what your conversion rate is from opt ins on your mailing list to clicking through to your webpage?

Why is this important?  Because figures, systems and monitoring are like a road map in your business. They tell you where to go, instead of driving round the countryside, wondering which road will get to you your destination.

This wasn’t the case with the recent Get Your Year in Gear Giveaway event that I was part of. Not only was I in a country I didn’t know well at all, I wasn’t using the road map. Here’s what happened.

The community of coaches I belong to were holding this event, which meant I felt 100% happy about telling you all about it, because I knew most of the other people offering some really great free products. There were lots of coaches participating and it was going out to hundreds of thousands of people, so I got excited.

My free offering was (and still is) The 3 Radical Income Welcome Principles, and I got all the back office stuff set up, checked the links and started telling people about it.

The statistics page for the event was exciting to watch, as you could see how others were progressing, as well as how many clicks on my page. And every day there would be more – yes, it’s a really great way to build a mailing list!

After a few days, I realized no one had bought the full Radical Income Welcome Toolkit, on offer for a very reasonable price when you clicked on a link at the end of the Principles. That seemed a bit odd, considering that by now hundreds of people had downloaded them  – and that’s when I found out that the link in the document had stopped working. Had it ever been working?  Don’t know; it had on the test run.

When a link doesn’t work, it gives a really bad impression, like you don’t care that much. Of course it’s been amended now, although it took quite some time to work out what was going on.  Why?

Why? Because I hadn’t been checking the StatCounter statistics on a daily basis – not only that, I hadn’t fully understood them anyway.

Oh dear. It wasn’t the end of the world re possible sales being lost, as adding people to my mailing list was what was really important to me.

But I felt mortified that most of these people didn’t get a great impression of me right at the start.  Bit of a blunder there.

So what’s the learning here?  That’s where the 3 unsexy but essential pointers come in.

  1. Face Your Figures keep your figures up to date at least on a monthly basis. Not only does that make your tax return easy to do, it gives you vital information about where your business really is in relation to where it is going. Which means you can correct if you need to, before you end up down a dead end lane in the countryside with no idea where you are or what to do.
  1. See Your Statistics all pages of your website or landing pages need to have Google Analytics or StatCounter on them. This will then give you lots of information about who is visiting your pages, how long they stay on them, where they come from, and all sorts of other conversion rates.
  1. Meet Up with Your Monitoringyou need to visit your statistics regularly!  They are your map, and you need to read it. Otherwise you might as well not have one.  If you have a mindset that says ‘figures = boring; statistics = even more boring’, then this needs to change.

When you understand figures and stats are key to you being able to navigate well in the countryside, meaning you can much more easily get to your destination, then they become very precious indeed.

So where are you with figures, stats and monitoring them?

Which area of the map is essential for you to improve on?

I invite you this week to take one small step in the right direction to where you want to go, by identifying which of these areas are most needing your attention, and then specifically which step you’re going to take, and by when.

What am I going to do?  Familiarise myself to the point where I feel really comfortable with how StatCounter works, and I’ll do that by this time next week.

SAM_0833 copyWhat will you do, and by when?

And if you know you need someone to help you read your map, connect with me through a free Spirit in Business Strategy session, where you’ll end up:

  • knowing exactly where you’re going
  • where you are on the map
  • what’s likely to get in your way of getting there (apart from not knowing your numbers!)
  • be inspired to get going again!

Scroll down on this page to find the form to apply – I only have 4 spots available, so listen to any inner promptings you have and complete the form now!

PS: If you want the chance to participate in the Giveaway, you still can until 28th January, click here (yes, it does work!)

Why Letting Go Is Essential For Your Business Success

SAM_0822It’s a lot easier to fully move on to a next stage in your life or business if you’ve taken the time to acknowledge what’s gone before. Actually, it’s essential because you can’t go forward properly until you’ve fully accepted where you are right now.

So please be kind to yourselves as you reflect on the following questions!

Preparation:

Allocate a time in your diary to attend to this exercise; allow at least an hour or so of uninterrupted time. Get your last year’s diary so you can easily remember what’s happened.

Now answer the questions below.

Reflection:

  1. What did you accomplish in the course of the last year? (this can be huge things you feel inordinately proud of, or just tiny things but in their own way, equally important)
  2. What did you learn in general? What business lessons did you learn?
  3. Did you have any dreams that came true?
  4. Did you have any disappointments? If so, what did you learn from them?
  5. How did you limit yourself? How can you stop that in the future?
  6. Did you have any areas that felt out of balance? (eg how many days did you take off from your work? Or did you need to actually work more, or in a more focused way?)

Your business figures

This is important because it is a factual measure of where you have been, where you are now and therefore helps you in where you want to go. So often I’ve heard people be disappointed in themselves until they look at their figures and see that they have actually made progress.

A: What was your gross profit?  (that’s the total amount of money that came in to your business)

B: What were your total expenses?

C: And your net profit? (that’s A – B)

(Keep these figures, because you want to be able to compare them to next years).

Notice how you feel about this section. If you don’t know your figures, you will probably have to find them out for your tax return anyway, so you might as well do it now. But set up a system if you haven’t already got one, for monitoring this on a month by month basis. It makes it really easy when you come to do these questions!

When you write the figures down, you’re likely to feel ecstatic, pleasantly surprised, disappointed, embarrassed – or maybe some other emotion. Just check in and see how you feel. Remember they are only indicators of what’s been going on factually – they are NOT who you really are, NOT a measure of your self-worth, NOT set in stone. These figures can change, and will as you learn more, apply what you’re learning, and grow within yourself.  Plus, that’s just what your lovely ego thinks – and the real you knows a lot better than that!  So listen to your own wild wisdom if your reaction to your figures is less than you’d like it to be.  In other words – be kind to yourself!

Marketing

  1. Find out, if you don’t already know, what were your top-selling services or products. Set up a system to monitor this if you haven’t already done so.
  2. If you have a mailing list, by how much did it increase in 2014?
  3. If you do social media, what happened there? Did you make strategic decisions to increase or decrease your following? Why?
  4. What marketing actually worked for you? What was your most successful strategy?

Finally – what did you most love about your business in 2014?  And what did you hate the most?  And what are you most grateful for?

Now comes the creative bit – take a few moments to sit silently with the results of your questions.  Listen to your own wild wisdom about how it wants to express your gratitude for what you have received and given this past year.   It may be through colours, like mine; but you might rather sing your gratitude, paint it, sculpt it. You might want to dance it, cook with it, or sew something. Or you might want to knit, craft, or model something. This is your gift to yourself, expressing your own gratitude for everything that has happened this year, including all the things you weren’t so keen on, because they ALL have contributed to who you and your business are now. Wow!

Check out this link to get your 2015 Workbook from Leonie Dawson, so having let go of 2014 you can jump right into the next year in the most creative way possible!

How do you feel when you’re extra generous?

SAM_0809The sign said ‘Admission £2’, and there was an honesty box below in which to leave the cash.  We’d already paid to be in the park. It stopped me, I didn’t want to go into these gardens by having to pay more.  I announced to my friend,

“I’m not going to pay now, I’m going to find out what they are up to in the gardens and then think about it’.

So we progressed round the gardens and I had my first encounter with a robotic lawnmower – it was so funny seeing this little ‘beetle’ trundling noiselessly over the huge expanse of lawn!  The gardens were beautiful, some renovations had taken place and it was really flourishing.

On the way out, I gladly put my £2 into the box, I had so enjoyed the care that had been taken in the new planting. My companion left £2.05.  This impressed me because he was someone who had once been extremely wealthy in monetary terms, but had been made bankrupt and lost everything. But he still had a mindset that allowed him to feel rich and pay that extra 5p.

I liked that generosity, it made me feel good.

I would have preferred that notice to read ‘We would love you to share our gardens, and if on leaving you have also loved them, please do leave £2 towards the upkeep’. More of an invitation than an admission fee.

However, this whole thing got me thinking about how I wanted to be more generous too.  So here is a gift to you:

If you already have a business, or are self-employed, and are not currently working with me,  I’d like to invite you to take part in my new Wild Wealth Programme – for FREE!  Check it out here.

The only thing you have to do is be willing to complete a short feedback form after each class, and if you feel so moved, a testimonial at the end, as this is a pilot programme.  And we will be a small group as I want to be able to interact with each one of you.

The programme start date is Tuesday 30th September, at 7.30pm UK/11.30amPST/2.30pmEST.

If you are interested in this – and I only have 2 places available to subscribers of my newsletter – then please email me immediately:  jane@wildwisdom.co.uk

In the meantime, how can you be extra generous today?  It feels so good to do it, so listen to whatever impulse you have, and then act on it!

Blocks to Money Tells the Amazing Answer To Money Flowing More Easily!

Remember when going out on a Saturday night meant being in the company of someone you fancied, viewing a film, or going to a dance or a gig?  Last Saturday I did something very different – attended a group constellation evening. What’s that?  Scroll down below and you’ll find out! It includes an amazing nugget of information about money blocks, perfect given the content of my teleclass last week.

First a couple of pieces of information:

  • Tomorrow, Thursday, you can hear me being interviewed on the subject of How Willing Are You To Receive? Really? As part of the Get Clients Fast Summer School 10am UK time, Thursday 7th August, sign up here for this and plenty of other free offerings.

Article: Blocks to Money Tells the Amazing Answer To Money Flowing More Easily!

In the Findhorn community, we have an Abundance Fund, where people can give money if and when they wish, and where others can apply to receive money if needed – all anonymously and without judgement.  It’s been working brilliantly for over two years now, and last weekend an event was held to support it:

Restoring the Flow: A Systemic Constellation Evening.

If you don’t know about constellation work, it’s a very powerful method originated by Bert Hellinger where a group gathers to explore an issue through the body, but mostly without words.  In our case, the issue was about money, the flow of money and what gets in the way of that flow moving easily.

Constellations happen when the facilitator asks a member of the group to choose someone to represent an aspect of the various ‘players’ in the issue. The issue can be personal, but in our case it was both a personal and a community-wide challenge.

pushing-money-away-300x300 copyI was chosen to represent the Block to Abundance. Tuning in to what my body was feeling, great anger was present initially, and I felt huge, enormous, much bigger than my body.  I was standing initially outside of everyone else (Lack of Money, Financial Freedom, Money itself), and eventually managed to find myself in the middle of the floor, where I felt I belonged. Right in the middle.

But I was still being ignored, no-one noticing me, just going about their business, doing their thing.  Things began to shift when Lack of Money said he felt threatened by Blocks, and I began to feel sad, and to need to sit down, and be small. I didn’t want to be a threat, I wanted to be seen for who I was.

SAM_0597Eventually, The Angel of Courage enabled Lack of Money to say hallo to me.  That felt better, beginning to be seen.  Then Creativity gave the donation bowl with money in it to Lack of Money, who took some of the money and put it in his pocket.

This was a crucial moment.

I felt compelled to go over and take the bowl and the money out of his pocket, and walk back again to the centre.  When asked to speak, words simply came out of my mouth, surprising even me:

“I had to take the money, because it had itself been taken, and not received”

You could feel the atmosphere in the room change as these words sunk in.

open arms heartEventually, a new role enabled Ability to Receive  join the group. I felt immediately attracted and very warm towards her; she was leaning her head on Lack of Money’s shoulder, and I put my head on her shoulder. It was such a relief when I was received.

Towards the end, I ended up in the middle, with Money on one side of me, and Ability to Receive on the other. I was no longer a block – I had been seen, acknowledged and was now part of the friendship amongst all the elements.

Reflection: Blocks to Money could not be released until they were noticed and received.  Not processed, analysed, worked on, overcome or understood – simply noticed, seen and allowed to be there fully.  Just acknowledged and welcomed.  Being accepted as they are.

What does this mean in actual life?  To notice your blocks, without judgment. To accept them as they are.  As Eckhart Tolle says ‘to  surrender into things and then they are fine’.

It is the pushing away, the ignoring, the determination to continue living while paying no or little attention to the ‘blocks’ in life that mean those blocks continue to make their presence felt. However, when you are willing to tell the truth; to acknowledge their presence (and corresponding emotions), then they are able to transmute, and contribute to the greater whole.

Questions for you to reflect on this week:

  • How do you feel about your blocks to abundance?
  • Do you have ‘pushing away’ energy when you think of them, or are you able to welcome them into the fold?
  • What would need to happen for you to welcome them in fully?

All comments are welcome in the box below!