Hello gorgeous entrepreneur, it’s Tash Corbin here and welcome to episode 160 of the Heart-Centred Business Podcast. You can find all the show notes and a very special link at tashcorbin.com/160 for today’s episode.
Now what I’m talking about today is what I do when money is tight, or my income starts to drop in my business. And this is a really juicy one, because it’s going to help you to come out of an income slump, or know what to do if the money has dried up and you’ve got no resources left, or you’re getting lower than you’d like comfortably be in terms of your buffer in your business. It’s gonna be a great episode, it’s gonna be quite practical. Let’s get started!
Before I talk about the strategies that I use when income has started to dry up, or I’ve started to see a dip in my income, I want to tell you that I know when my income has started to drop very quickly. I pay a lot of attention, not only to my overall finances but also to my daily income, because I know how important that is for my business.
Now if you are not tracking your income every single day, I want you to take that one strategy away from this. One strategy. Track your income every single day. I’ve done an episode on why money tracking isn’t JUST money tracking previously, if you haven’t watched that episode before I will pop a link to it in the show notes, and I want you to go and watch that one as well. What gets measured, gets improved. You cannot shift your money mindset if you’re not aware of what that money mindset is, and one of the fastest ways to tap into it is actually to track your income each day. Make sure you go and check that one out, and make a commitment to yourself that you’re going to track your income daily.
Let’s get into the episode now, because I wanted to make sure we got that one out of the way. I want to share with you a little bit of an insight into what’s happening behind the scenes for me in my business, and that is that I have had some increases in my business expenses and a bit of a decrease in my income over the last few months.
- We moved to Bali.
- I’ve taken on an online business manager to take a more senior role in my business.
- I’ve made some big commitments in terms of overhauling my website, my social media, and also my Facebook ads recently.
And another little insight as well. When I was about to leave Australia and move to Bali, I auctioned off some spots on retreats and so for the last 3 weeks that I was in Australia, instead of doing a big launch of one of my signature programs, I was facilitating retreats that I had sold previously thinking (once again) that whilst I had a retreat going on in my home, I could still totally be in launch for something else.
No, Tash, no.
This is not how business works and it is not how I work. I know when I’m facilitating a retreat it is a full-time commitment for me, and therefore I missed one of my critical launches this year of one of my programs.
So, what am I actually doing about it? How have I started to lift the income in my business?
1. I always ask when I see a dip in income: “Is this actually part of the plan?”
So there’s a big difference between a dip in income because you decided not to launch that thing you were going to launch and not thinking through the repercussions, Tash, and actually being in launch of something and promoting free lead magnets therefore not expecting a lot of income right now, but I’m going to have a surge in income when the launch actually kicks off and the doors open on early bird for my launch.
I make sure that I check in with myself: “Is it true that my income is actually drying up, or is this just one of the down spells in preparation for a launch which is going to net more results for me?”
That’s something I get clear first and foremost, is it part of the plan? Something we do in the 100 Days of Colour program – which I absolutely love and adore – is we do our money stats. We look at what your expected income is for the next weeks, and you stack it all out so you can see what’s expected income, what’s reasonable to expect income, and what’s unexpected income. What are the gaps that we need to fill with unexpected income, or what changes do we need to make to your strategy so that you actually do have some income coming in? This leads to part 2.
2. Do you actually need to address part of your business strategy here?
Have you set yourself up so that the only thing that you’re offering is under $100, and you don’t actually have the reach or sales with that to hit your income goals? Is there something that you need to address or adjust in your business strategy? One of the things that I’ve done, is I’ve actually got rid of one of the courses/programs that is part of my business because it wasn’t bringing in enough money to justify the energy and effort I was putting into it. I’ve taken that effort and energy from that and put it into something else that actually does make great sales, and is a really good part of my business model.
Maybe there are some strategic things that you need to change up. You might need to increase your prices because you’re working really hard and you’ve got lots of clients coming in, but you’re not actually hitting your income target. Maybe you decided to go off and launch something, and it hasn’t worked properly, you haven’t got the results you were expecting. Are you, therefore, going to need to adjust your strategy moving forward to make up for that income deficit? Are you able to ride it out, keep going with the plan and say: “Well that didn’t work as expected, but I’m not going to change what I’m doing.”
So, have a think about your business strategy and how it can be adjusted. It’s definitely something that I do first and foremost after making sure you need to address something.
3. Look at your mindset.
Am I wandering around going: “Money’s tight, money’s tight, I need to hustle!” Am I chasing people around the internet? Am I feeling really desperate? Am I starting to get really focused on making the money for no reason? Am I actually feeling like I’m aligned to that energetic, rich abundant Tash, who is calm, and centered, and high vibe, and feels amazing? Or am I just going crazy and being effervescent and vibacious all over the internet, thinking that that’s me being high vibe, but it’s coming from a space of desperation.
So check in with your mindset. I have a lot of tools I like to use. Number 1 is always pulling out the journal and do a bit of journaling and check in with myself. Number 2 I do have a consistent emotional freedom technique or tapping practice that I do as well, so I might do some EFT in the mornings in the shower and see if I can tap into what’s going on.
I also have an EFT practitioner that I work, a kinesiologist, a hypnotherapist, so there are lots of strategies I can use. I also do regular journaling with the fabulous Carol Brennan. I have practitioners that I can draw upon as well to help me if there’s a mindset thing going on, because, a lot of the time I find that I’m able to deal with mindset stuff in terms of maintenance practice, but if something big is happening and I need to dig underneath it, I can be quite reluctant to do that.
4. I do a fast money challenge.
You’ve probably heard me talk about the 7-day Fast Money Challenge before, if not, I’ll pop the link in the show notes. But I find that it’s a really sexy 7-day process that works. It shifts my energy around money, it shifts my results, it creates more income for me, it gets me focused on income generating and business building activities instead of faffing about around the edges of my business. It makes me do the things that I know work for me.
I will talk a little bit about the Fast Money Challenge at the end of this podcast as well for those of you who are interested because we’ve got a new and improved Fast Money Challenge for you! Woohoo!
5. The last thing that I do is I increase my focus on long-term business growth strategies.
Now, this might seem counter-intuitive to you. If I have a short-term cash flow issue, how is focusing on the long-term actually going to address what’s going on? Firstly, it stops me getting into this situation in the first place. Secondly, often by focusing on the long-term stuff in my business, and doing things like making sure I’m consistently posting content, making sure I’m being consistent with the activities that I’m actually supposed to be focusing on, it can focus me down on the things I know that work, but I’m not giving any time or energy to.
As I spoke about with those 2 retreats that I ran. No regrets in my business, no regrets on the things that I do, but, the reason why I actually did the auction of those retreats was because I had a bit of a money tussle with my landlord back in Australia, and he changed his mind about an agreement that we came to leave the property on July 15th, and he said: “No, you have to stay until August 15th.”
So it was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction from me to go: “Well, I’m going to make some money out of this time then. I’m going to run two retreats.” But actually, what I had planned for that time when I was in Bali, was to do a big launch of one of my signature programs. And so I didn’t think about the implications then of focusing being on retreat, and not having the time and space I was planning on having – being in Bali – to run that launch. Of course, that launch ended up being thrown out the window.
Now If I had just focused on my long-term strategies and nailing that next launch, and brought myself back to earth instead of offering those retreats, I actually would have been better off financially in my business, and I wouldn’t have had such a big downturn in my income. So I got the short-term income, but long-term I actually sacrificed a bigger return on investment for my time in my business.
I think it’s really important for us to have this conversation, I’m happy to talk to you about how I feel with the things that I do and the mistakes that I make because often we only see the “sun shining” parts of those experiences. I’ll be honest with you, those retreats were super fun. It lit me up and it was such a fun experience for me, I love the ladies that came on retreat with me, and we had an amazing time. But also, on the other hand, the things I had planned for long-term growth in my business, didn’t happen.
When I’m on retreat, I give myself 100% to those ladies, and I love doing that. I know that I’m better for them if I focus down in the way that I serve them.
So particularly for me, after I’ve done a Fast Money Challenge and I’ve addressed the short-term stuff, I very quickly get on to doing some actions that are going to grow the long-term results of my business. For example, I will check in on the social media strategy for the next few months and make sure we’re all up in advance and sorted for content. Blogs, these podcasts, Facebook posts, Facebook lives etc. Are my team clear on what the strategy is moving forward? What is my long-term strategy for growing my mailing list? For growing my reach? For increasing conversions?
I might start rewriting email sequences that I know are starting to get a little old and aren’t necessarily converting well. I might improve the sales page of my programs, or look at my free lead magnets and how effectively I’m promoting them right now. I could look at my ads strategy and see if I’m really growing my mailing lists with great, fresh, warm leads who are my ideal clients.
Those things will actually have a bigger impact on my cash flow long-term, and I want to make sure that I’m giving the priority that they deserve.
So those are the 5 things that I do when money is tight, or my income has dropped in my business. I hope that’s been helpful for you as well!
I mentioned that I was going to tell you a little bit about the 7-day Fast Money Challenge. This is a beautiful, evergreen, 7-day challenge that’s totally free. You can jump in and get started with it at any time. From time to time, we do live rounds of the Fast Money Challenge together as well, and we have one in October. If you’re watching this before mid-October, do make sure you go and sign up quickly because you’ll get all the information about the 7-day Fast Money Challenge Live Round that’s going to be happening shortly.
What it involves is signing up and you’ll get access to the 7 videos of the Fast Money Challenge. If you’re doing it self-paced, you just need to jump in and watch one of the videos each day, and those videos will take you through all the little actions you need to do.
It’s very simple, very easy.
It’s not called the 7-day Hustle for Money Challenge,
It’s not called the 7-day Hard Work Challenge,
Or the 7-day Hard-earned Money Challenge,
It’s called the 7-day Fast Money Challenge.
And it brings together both the practical business strategies and ideas that will help you to increase your income, with the magnetism and magic of the Law of Attraction. So we’re bringing together mindset work and proven market strategies to help grow your income in both the short and long term.
You can find out all the details to sign up at tashcorbin.com/160, and if you haven’t done the 7-day Fast Money Challenge recently, it is a new and improved, very VERY special, EXTRA easy version of the 7-day Fast Money Challenge, so do make sure you go and check that one out.
Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of the Heart-centred Business Podcast! Until next time, I’ve been Tash Corbin, you’ve been a fabulous listener, and I cannot wait to see you shine, and I cannot wait to see you bring in that money! Bye for now, and big love from me!