Full write-up, review of the hotel, coworking space, Dubai and more pics coming soon.
Full write-up, review of the hotel, coworking space, Dubai and more pics coming soon.
You are BRILLIANT.
Your business idea just might be the one that changes the world as we know it and becomes a multi-million dollar brand. But the reality is you don’t have thousands of dollars – yet alone millions saved up to get your biz off the ground and present it to the world. You’re willing to bootstrap it but even bootstrapping takes some cash.
YOU’VE STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW YOU’RE HERE.
But you need to get to —-> THERE.
You’ve built your business from the ground up by your bootstraps but now you’ve hit a ceiling. You’ve proved the concept, built the product, got the customers and made some money but in order to grow your business to its potential you need to expand your team, up your marketing budget and invest in new systems and technology to handle business operations at scale. That means you need an infusion of cash that your current cash flow can’t handle at the moment.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE.
THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF CASH.
First, you have to tap into the appropriate vehicle and resources for your business and its goals.
‘Cause errthang ain’t for errbody.
Posting your project on people – driven platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and iFundWomen can be the sole way to raise money for your business or it can be a supplement for debt and equity investments such as loans and angel investors.
Corporate companies and a host of organizations are holding pitch competitions and challenges where you can win $5k to $1 million cash for presenting your business idea.
Obtain debt – free cash investments, equity-free grants, free and discounted resources for your business and access to mentors, education and more through these programs. Think programs like these are only for people who code or super techy companies? Nope. There are accelerator or incubator programs available in most industries.
Attract and develop partnerships with corporate brands and that can equate to millions of cash and revenue for your business.
A token sale, also known as an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) is one of the latest way startups are raising millions of cash. According to Smith + Crown, a leading blockchain research, data and consulting group an “…ICO is an event in which a new cryptocurrency project sells part of its cryptocurrency tokens to early adopters and enthusiasts in exchange for money today. ICOs provide a way for cryptocurrency project creators to raise money for their operations. Most ICOs raise money in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.“
There are a lot of ways to run a successful fundraising campaign. There’s also plenty of ways to jack it up… and you may have first-hand knowledge of this. You may be familiar with the ways I mentioned above and even tried one or two or all of these vehicles to no success.
This is why I created the SECURE THE BAG UNCONFERENCE.
SECURE THE BAG is an unconference event for entrepreneurs in the concept to the scale stage seeking to capital to fund their businesses. The content shared is tested and proven, strategies and resources for leveraging traditional and non-traditional funding opportunities.
Whether you’re attempting to raise a small amount of startup cash or millions of dollars, this event promises to provide loads of value by providing you with not only the WHAT to do to solve your fundraising challenges but the HOW to get it done.
Join me at the SECURE THE BAG UNConference taking place on September 22nd, 2017 in NYC.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 17th. Get them —> here.
That’s all for now.
I posted the following note in the private Build Brand Profit Mastermind Facebook group a few weeks ago. I hope its offers you some inspiration and motivation to seek out a like minded person or group to commit for an accountability partnership to reach you’re goals.
Listen, I’m rooting for you!
Most of all I hope it offers some encouragement and reiterates that I’m here for you and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
WHY BBPM & YOUR ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER IS KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS.
“A crowd can’t support you, but a small group can. They know when you’re sick, when you’re having a tough time, when you need a break. You can share your goals and your successes and failures, and they will rejoice with you and encourage you to keep going. You’re going to need that when you make the right kind of goals and pursue them wholeheartedly.” – Pastor Rick Warren
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” (MSG)
Lack of support is a major hindrance to women entrepreneurs. Aren’t you blessed to have a group who will protect, encourage, rejoice, share with/for YOU and vice versa while pursuing your goals?
So many women are in this thing by themselves and YOU ARE NOT. So keep in mind just how blessed you are and use that to KEEP GOING and SHOW UP!
You’re not in this thing alone…but YOU gotta be IN IT to reap the benefits.
This is also was a confirmation for me as I had been seeking a mastermind program for myself. It also was a gut check for me because I hadn’t been ACTIVELY pursuing this or the additional coaching for some areas I need to work on. So I AM so ON IT now.
However, I can SHOW you better than I can tell you…..so #WatchMeWerk
And again….YOU’RE NOT IN THIS ALONE.
So for Lent I started an new daily bible devotional by Rick Warren – “Transformed.”
I went through it and then got to the last Bible verse of the day’s topic:
“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.” – 1 Corinthians 9:26 NLT
I read it and said “WOAH!” Although I know I have, I felt like I’ve NEVER read this scripture before! So I knew God wanted my attention.
Here’s what is interesting about this particular scripture….
Most of us talk about “walking in purpose.” Its very common. As a matter of fact I’ve probably said that phrase 20 times since Saturday alone.
But the Apostle Paul says he’s “running with purpose.” Not walking but RUNNING!
Then I heard:
“Are You walking or running with your purpose?”
Next came a gulp and momentary sinking feeling in my chest. I had just been checked.
Oh yes He did! God came for me….and no I didn’t send for Him. But He got it like that.
Paul was serious about the “#BossMoves” he was making. EVERY SINGLE STEP. He wasn’t walking, seeking, procrastinating, delaying, questioning….he was running. That says to me: He was serious and devoted to his calling and moving about FEARLESSLY. Plus he was very intentional about each move he made – making only those that moved him closer to his goal.
Paul goes on to say he’s
“not just shadowboxing.”
In 2015 speak….I’m not just exercising, I’m in training. Big difference right? We can take a boxing class at the gym but never get in the ring at a Golden Gloves tournament.
In other words, we can get caught up in the motivation/inspirational speeches, take all the trainings, webinars, read all the books, attend the conferences BUT NEVER APPLY IT – shadowboxing. Paul was saying I’m in this thing to win it – so I’m in training for the title.
So I understood why God came for me this morning. If I was truly accepting my purpose and calling I need to start running with this thing. No more delays. No more excuses. No more setbacks. No more procrastination.
Start running…. today.
So ask yourself:
Am I running with my purpose with every step?
Am I training for my purpose or just shadowboxing?
It takes significant, progressive, high goals to make this your best year yet.
If you are working toward significant, progressive, high goals, you will face significant resistance.
High goals won’t allow you to be comfortable. You’ve got to be bold, courageous, get uncomfortable and Get It Done. You’ve got to fight the resistance. The only way you can keep up the effort against the resistance is if the goal matters enough. It must MOTIVATE you.
It is just not enough just to have clearly defined, S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Yes, that’s what I said. Its not enough.The goals are merely apart of the process.
You will fail to reach your goals if you don’t have clarity about WHY the goal matters. To get it done and win over resistance you need to know why each one of your goals are important to you.
What’s at stake if you don’t accomplish them?
What’s possible if you do accomplish them?
What’s your motivation to get to the other side of the road?
These answers – your motivating factors – are going to be what drives you to the finish line.
Now that you have come face to face with the limiting behaviors keeping you from succeeding in your goals its time to examine WHY these behaviors exist.
It all surrounds your beliefs and thoughts.
Here’s what you have to do…..
Life is a reflection of our thoughts and words. Our lives are consistent with what we say to ourselves and what we predict, likely by also speaking it consistently into the universe. Life is a self fulfilling prophecy!
Review what you listed in the BEHAVIORS action assignment.
To discover the beliefs you have about yourself that lead you away from reaching success ask your self the following question:
“What am I saying about myself to explain my limiting behaviors?”
This may be a difficult assignment because you will have to you to step outside your thoughts,observe them, and capture them for further consideration.
We are usually so caught up in all the “noise” going on in our heads that we don’t take time question what we are saying to ourselves and if it is true.
For each of the behaviors you listed, ask yourself “Why?” and write down the thoughts that occur to you in response. As much as possible, write down the exact words you say to yourself and out loud.
We will call these “confessions.” They reveal what you believe to be true about yourself.
Here are some examples…
I am just not good enough
I am not smart enough or educated enough to do better
I do not have enough time
I way out of my league – this is too big for me
My family and friends will not approve
No one is interested in hearing what I have to say