“How can anyone even begin to think of putting up their prices in this economic climate?” said a colleague one day. Indeed. It’s relatively easy if your thoughts about the economy, money and pricing are separate from your emotions. Which doesn’t mean that you don’t feel empathic towards people who are genuinely struggling for money these days. Of course not. What it does mean is being willing to look at your ideas and beliefs behind the emotions. So what are your beliefs and attitudes around the current economic situation, money in general and pricing, yours in particular? Continue reading →
‘I just can’t be bothered!’ This can be a problem when you’re self-employed. And I’ve been experiencing it lately, perhaps not surprisingly. But these moments or phases come at all kinds of different times in the world of self- employment, and it’s one of those perennial questions: how to stay self-motivated?
There are plenty of articles on how to motivate yourself, or stay motivated, on the internet if you look for them. But there is one thing that spiritual business people need to do before any of these, and that is not ‘do’ anything. Continue reading →
When you are in the business of spirituality, or have a spiritual business, or even simply aspire to conducting your business in an ethical, authentic manner, you are going to have to deal with money. Without money coming in and going out, you don’t have a business at all. So money is a hot topic when it comes to business – and it’s also a hot topic when it comes to spirituality! Can money and spiritual principles live side by side?
Over the many years I have been in various businesses, I have heard other self-employed people struggle with the concept of charging well for their services. It comes out in statements such as: Continue reading →
When I was a psychotherapist,I used a very simple model of exchanging my time for the clients’ money. A session was arranged, the time went by, and at the end of the hour, the client would hand over money to me, often in the form of cash. The agreement was clear – payment was being made for my time. When it was cash, any trust involved ended at the point of the cash being handed over. When payment was made by cheque, trust began immediately to operate in a far larger way – I trusted that they had the money in their bank account to honour their cheque. I trusted that the bank would do its job properly. Once again, though, when the payment had gone through the bank, the trust involved in that transaction ended.
Trust is inherent in any business, whether it is at this simple level of trading time for money, or at a more complex level of invoicing someone for your services, and waiting for them to pay you. Of course, sometimes this system doesn’t work, but most of the time it does. The people involved at all the different levels of the business simply trust that what someone has said will happen, will.
But what happens when the systems you thought you could trust fall apart? Continue reading →
Remember how the word ‘massage’ used to only conjure up an image of a seedy backstreet in a red light district, and catering to unusual sexual tastes? That was over twenty or thirty years ago, and now the term massage is widely accepted to mean what it is – a treatment covering many different modalities, dealing with many different health issues, but all of them about bringing the person into better health. In other words, it is perfectly respectable and well-accepted by the general public.
I think the term ‘spiritual business’ is going to become more and more acceptable, too – it might take another twenty of thirty years, but especially in the light of so much evidence of corruption in recent years, the credit crunch and the disillusionment with banks and the banking system, something has got to change. Continue reading →