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GIVE FREELY

GIVE FREELY

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Give Freely – Give Often – Give Joyously

Abundance flows to those who have a grateful and giving heart!  Have you ever noticed that?  When you freely give to someone, whether it is your time, money or items, you are often rewarded with abundance in your own life.  This is also known as the Law of Abundance.  If you can…think back to a time when you felt you were kind of stuck in the rigmarole of life or work, when maybe things didn’t seem to be going the way you wanted them to go.  Now think about that same situation and fast forward a little bit to when it did start going the way you wanted it.  Was there some action that triggered it?  Maybe there was a time in your business when your sales were not increasing as quickly as they should have been even though you were putting in the work, so you decided to take a step back and do a little training or team building activity for your team to get everyone refocused.  Maybe you GAVE a few hours of your time to teach, inspire and fuel your team.  Did you notice a difference after this action?  Did you see a spike in sales?  Did you see some form of abundance come into your own life?

When you start looking at life through these goggles it makes it really fun.  You start trying to figure out where you can insert some giving and you have fun seeing that come back to you two fold.  Now don’t mistake this for being selfish and giving just so you can get something in return.  That is not what is being said at all and not encouraged.   Giving freely means that you give without expectation of a return gift.  By consistently, freely and abundantly giving to others around you, you actually create and operate on a higher wave length (energetically speaking).  When you operate at this higher level you act as a magnet and start to attract actions, items and people into your life that are also operating at that level.  It’s truly amazing!

You can also look at it in reverse.  If you tend to be hoarding of your time and a negative nelly you will attract similar people, actions and items into your life.  Do you really want to live that way?  I know I don’t.  So take some time to re-evaluate who you surround yourself with, what you surround yourself with and ask yourself if this is you operating on a high frequency with a giving and happy heart or if it is you operating on a low frequency and you need to change the way you think.

We encourage you to take some time and research the topics of the Law of Abundance and the Law of Attraction as well as look at our post from a few weeks ago that takes you through some easy ways to increase your giving.  We wish much joy and abundance to you and those around you!

PRESERVING JOY

PRESERVING JOY

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This weekend my fiance and I watched our first baseball game of the 2017 season, and as I sat there I couldn’t help but think about how much joy this sport has brought to my life.  Growing up my dad played high school and college baseball, he then coached high school and legion ball.  While he coached I kept book and helped maintain the fields.  We watched baseball all the time!  Then I met my fiance and he grew up playing baseball and knows more about baseball than I can believe.  Now, he and I are season ticket holders of our local minor league baseball team.  We go to every home game and each game brings back great memories.  It’s the sounds, the environment and the people I get to share it with that bring me joy.

This particular game however, started to cause me some frustrations.  We’ve been to this stadium before and it’s a lot larger than the one at home.  This night also happened to be a Star Wars themed night and there were a lot of people in attendance.  I found myself in lines and away from family longer than I wished; and while sitting I found myself watching people walk by more than the game itself.  I started getting really frustrated that I wasn’t able to focus on something that brought me so much joy.  I had to work at being intentional with my focus and keep my joy, the game and my family, at the forefront of my thoughts.  When the game ended and we left the stadium I still had a great time and enjoyed quality time with family.

The reason I chose to tell you this story is because it’s a great example of how quickly and easily our joy can disappear.  You see, our joy is what keeps us moving.  It keeps us putting one foot in front of the other, it gets us up in the morning and it’s our joy that helps create our dreams.  This is not to say that with these distractions our joy is gone forever, but it’s important to understand what is robbing our joy so we can determine how to stop it from happening.  I’m sure that you can look back on your week and pick out one or two things that have distracted you from your joy.  Was it the 10 minutes of gossip at work?  How about the kids running around screaming and hitting each other?  Whatever your distraction was did you realize it was a distraction?  What were your feelings during that time?  If you are anything like me I am guessing that you got pretty frustrated and/or you felt disappointed.

Today though, I want to give you permission to have those feelings.  I also want to give you encouragement to be intentional about the thoughts and actions you have and take each and every day.  Remember that what you do today should take you closer to your joy and your dreams.

The Magic of Managing Expenses

The Magic of Managing Expenses

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On occasion, here in the Sideline Sisters blog, we will address business finance topics—to break them down into easy-to-follow steps. We know this topic may make you want to roll your eyes back in your head and take a nap, but we promise to make this quick and simple. Today we’ll be highlighting the how and why of business expense tracking.

When I first started out in my business, I sort of knew that I should be keeping track of my expenses. However, other than stuffing my receipts into a folder, I did nothing else with them. When tax time came, it was an unholy disaster and so incredibly stressful! Luckily, I had a good accountant who helped me get it straightened out, but I do not recommend anyone approach their business in this manner! If you already have, it’s never too late to go back and fix it. If you’re just getting started, trust me, it’s worth getting off on the right foot.

You may already be aware of the tax benefits** available to small business owners.  There are a multitude of expenses that can be written off come tax time; cell phone bills and internet, product purchases for demonstration purposes, postage for sending items to clients, even travel and lodging and fees for business conferences.  There is a plethora of information to be found at the IRS Small Business website, and we strongly encourage you to visit and learn what you can. This is worth your time.

Next, let’s talk quickly about the HOW of business expense tracking. It’s actually quite simple, and if you keep up on it daily or even weekly, you’ll find it’s not nearly as daunting as you may believe.  Right now I’d encourage you to check out our freebie called, conveniently enough, Expense Tracker.

You’ll see four boxes for different expense categories-for instance, you’ll want to keep your postage costs separate from your product purchases. (Categorizing them now will save you time when you’re preparing your taxes). Write in the date, the amount, and a note or description of the purchase. At the end of each month, total your expenses at the bottom of the box. Most importantly, be sure to keep those receipts! One easy way is to tape them to the back of the page. If that doesn’t make sense to you, simply attach the page to a manila envelope—keep all of your receipts inside! Print as many of these pages each month as you’ll need to cover all of your expense categories.

If you follow this simple system, we can guarantee that you’ll not only feel much better at tax time, but you’ll also be able to see where your business is spending money. This all leads to you being able to make more informed decisions about your business

** Please note—we are NOT tax professionals, nor do we claim to know about the particular tax laws in your state. Please see a certified tax professional for official advice and tax preparation. We are simply speaking from our own experiences. **

BOOK REVIEW: BUSINESS BOUTIQUE

BOOK REVIEW: BUSINESS BOUTIQUE

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THE PERFECT READ FOR STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

In April 2017 Christy Wright released her new book Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves. Christy is a Dave Ramsey personality, and as loyal Dave Ramsey fans we were extremely excited to get our hands on a step by step guide for women starting a business.  We had high hopes for this book and it exceeded those hopes.  (Go here for more info on Dave Ramsey. He changed our lives.)

When we started out on this beautiful journey called Sideline Sisters we had a pretty good idea of the steps we needed to take, but also had the understanding that we didn’t know everything.  So when we could pre-order the book we did so without hesitation and counted down the days for it to arrive.  We took the next two weeks to read the book and answer as many of the questions as possible before coming together for a full day of exploration, planning and dreaming.

The way this book is laid out makes it easy to take in what is being said and then turn around and put it into action using the action plans and questions at the end of each chapter.  We had already developed our mission statement, vision and goals, we had an idea of our target audience but added on more as we read, and we knew we needed to have a business account, but didn’t know that there was a right and wrong way to run it (just to name a few).  I think that the most interesting part was the financial section, finding out exactly what to do with the income coming in and what to set aside for taxes and savings.

So, as a network marketing professional, why should you read this?  What will this do for you?  Unless you have a business degree you have probably never been taught how to properly, lawfully and successfully run your business.  You have most likely been taught the policies of your company, the best way to make sales and how to talk to customers.  But, has anyone really sat down with you and asked…what’s your mission?  Why are you doing this?  Who is your ideal client?  What marketing avenues are you going to use and what’s the best way to get your name out there?  Do you have a business bank account set up and do you know what you need to set aside of taxes?  No, these topics probably haven’t been addressed in detail…well…that’s what this book is going to do for you and why you should read it!

It’s really hard to express to you in this blog just how exciting and on point this book is.  It makes you think, it makes you plan, it makes you dream and when you are done it makes you feel accomplished and less stressed.  Though this book is designed with women in mind, I was able to take all the information it contained and help apply that to my fiance’s business.  That just goes to show you the versatility of the book as well.   It is without hesitation that we at Sideline Sisters recommend this book.  Happy reading!

p.s. We receive NO kickbacks for referrals of this book. If that ever changes and we have affiliate links, we’ll make it very clear that is the case. 🙂