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Top Tips to Spring Clean Your Business–Any Time of Year by coach erin garcia

Top Tips to Spring Clean Your Business–Any Time of Year

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Running a business is hard, especially if you’re feeling muddled down by an overflowing inbox, systems that don’t serve where you are in business right now or a customer list that’s not quite up-to-date. No matter what time of year it is, take some time to do some spring cleaning in your business. Clean up old files. Check in on goals. Review expenses. Whether it’s a monthly practice, something you tackle every quarter or even yearly, having a clean slate helps to open up space in your business and your life for new opportunities and growth. Put a few hours or a full day on your calendar and clean up some of these core pieces of your business: Do a goal check. Take a look at the goals you set for your business for this month/quarter/year and identify what you’ve done to move yourself closer to those goals (and what…

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How To Build Your Right Business by coach erin garcia

How To Build Your Right Business

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Have you ever stopped to reflect on your life and thought, “Yep. My life is exactly as I imagined it would be”? Likely the answer is a big, “No.” Does that make you a failure, that your life hasn’t turned out how you imagined it as a little girl? Absolutely not. It means that you’ve been able to grow and change and react to the events in your life in a positive way. And that’s a really good thing. The same is true in your business. Not everything is going to work out exactly as you planned when you started your business. Just because things are different than you expected, dreamed or intended doesn’t mean you did something wrong. Likely it means you did something right–and now your business is better for it. When I first started my business, I was pulled to host large, inspirational events. I remember thinking…

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Talking to Your Spouse About Your Business with coach erin garcia

Talking to Your Spouse About Your Business

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For more than a decade (since 2006) I’ve worked with hundreds of women who own their own services businesses and face one very common challenge that I also experience. That challenge is talking with one’s spouse about your business. Sure it can be fun and easy to share with our husbands when we feel confident, are making money, our clients are successful. But what about those times when we feel like nothing we do is right, our clients aren’t satisfied with our service, we lose a client to someone else? During times like that, we aren’t likely to reach out to other business owners. Who would want to look like they don’t know what they’re doing when they’re talking to their peers? We don’t typically reach out to our best friends to talk about business either. Have you experienced moments when you’ve done that and the discussion has left you…

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My End-of-Year Awesome List for 2017 with women business coach erin garcia

My End-of-Year Awesome List for 2017

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Not everything in business is rainbows and unicorns, but I’ve found that focusing on the positive keeps the momentum going. In my Surge Coaching Program we make it a point to create a “Ta-Da List” each Friday so we can end the week on a high note as we look at our achievements for the year. I find it valuable to do an annual Awesome List too. It gives me so much joy to see what I’ve accomplished over the last 12 months and sets me up to create goals for the next year. The purpose of the list isn’t to analyze our successes, but rather to recognize and acknowledge them. The list doesn’t have to be fancy or super detailed. Just allow your brain to recognize what you’ve done so it knows it can continue the momentum. I know you probably have a lot of goals for the new year.…

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New Year Business Affirmations

New Year Business Affirmations

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Start the year on a positive note with affirmations. They can help you retrain your brain in 2018 to be more mindful of the messages you tell yourself. Use a few of these each day to help you stop with the negative self-talk and to start loving all that you are.   I acknowledge my desire and I go for it It is safe for me to succeed this year This is going to be an amazing year for me, my business and my life This is the year my dreams come true This year I am going to achieve my goals This year I experience a daily increase in confidence I am excited for new opportunities arriving soon I am now surrounded by possibilities I am open and willing to accept opportunities that are in alignment with my talents & desires I am open to awesome coming my way…

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Make a better 2018: 10 lessons I learned

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Every year I’m in business, I learn new lessons. Life and business are full of them–knowledge we gain just by moving through each of our experiences. I also believe that this knowledge gives us an opportunity to do better. As Louise Hay said, “When we know better, we do better.” That’s what it’s so important to me to look back. Not just to reflect on what went really well, but also to think about what I learned. What do I know now that I didn’t know then? How can I use this information to improve something in my life or my business? Here are a few of the lessons I learned in 2017 and the knowledge I’m taking with me into 2018. I hope this helps you as you plan for the new year. Start planning earlier. I started my annual planning for 2017 in November 2016. Plenty of time,…

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women Business Owners Affirmations- Phoenix Business Coach erin garcia

Business Ownership Affirmations

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Owning a business is a lot of hard work but can also be beyond rewarding. You’re only human if you let self-doubt creep in sometimes. But using these affirmations will get your head back in the right place so you can move your business forward:   Being an entrepreneur is an adventure I ENJOY. Being an entrepreneur rocks. Being an entrepreneur is what I am meant to be. I am a hardworking entrepreneur. I am a mission-driven entrepreneur. I am a motivated entrepreneur. I am a trustworthy entrepreneur. I am an entrepreneur with a purpose. I am an innovative entrepreneur. I love working for me. I am a client-focused business owner. I am now able to see my business does much more than make money. I now choose to run my business from a place of enjoyment. I am fulfilled by the work I do. I am brilliant! I am…

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building my business over the course of a year- erin garcia business coach

What I did to build my business in the last year

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One of the most important ways to build your business is by doing what works for you, rather than what the rest of the crowd is doing. That’s exactly why I made some changes last year–because some of the things I was doing weren’t working for me. I wasn’t seeing results or just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. And that gave me the space to try new things and grow my marketing in other ways. So what changes did I make last year to grow my business and feel more aligned with myself and my clients? What I Stopped Doing I wasn’t seeing many results with Twitter, and frankly I didn’t enjoy using it. My clients weren’t there anyway, so I let that social media platform go. It was an easy change, and looking back I’m so glad I stopped using Twitter. I also stopped attending in-person networking events, which was…

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business plan for women owners by Phoenix coach Erin Garcia

Client Goals vs. Coaching Reality

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Clients come to me with a wide range of challenges and desires—everything from wanting to gain more clients to wanting to make more money to needing help with marketing. But when we sit down together, we often find that they’re actually looking for (and needing) something entirely different. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make more money through more clients or a bigger business. Professional branding, confidence in your service packages and programs, clarity in messaging are all ways to get there. And many coaches start here when working with clients. But what many business owners don’t realize until after they’ve started putting together the pieces is that having a certain number of clients or a specific income goal won’t make them happy. Having the most branded website on the  internet won’t either. Instead, the most personal satisfaction and fulfillment comes from appreciating the journey to get there. There’s so…

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business ideas on marketing your services by coach erin garcia

How to Market Your Services to Support Client Goals

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Your clients hire you because they have goals they want to achieve and your services are one ticket to get there. Knowing what those goals are makes it easier for you to market your services to your ideal audience so they can find you. The truth is that many women business owners (or, at least, most of my clients) experience negative feelings when it comes to selling their services. We don’t want to appear “pushy” and we feel nervous talking about money, pricing and payment options. We get so tied up in what the “sale” means for us, we forget about what it means to and for our clients. A sale for us means and opportunity to help others achieve their goals. It means we get to do what we love while supporting others. It means we are connecting our clients with the information and resources they want and need.…

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Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Need A Title — But Think They Do

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Too often, my clients get hung up on what they want to call themselves. The title they use when introducing themselves, the two words or the phrase that’s supposed to sum up what they do. When they can’t settle on that title, they’re paralyzed. They lose momentum because they’re so worried about a few words. In my experience, the title doesn’t do justice to what you really do. It’s just some words thrown together so you can conform to what the corporate world thinks you need. Your title doesn’t define you, and sometimes it can restrict you and your growth. In my business, I’ve changed from calling myself a “business coach” to “momentum coach” to not using a title, then back to “business coach” again. Like my clients, I was at odds with what to call myself and so felt like I was constantly switching gears. And then I stopped.…

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Top 10 Lessons I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Business coaching program for women by coach erin garcia

Top 10 Lessons I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Business

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Oh the things I’ve learned.  I’ve learned about myself, business and life.  I’ve learned from my own experiences. I’ve learned from clients and through their experiences.  I’ve learned from other coaches and other business owners.  The knowledge one can gain in 10 years of business is almost immeasurable.  The transformation makes one almost unrecognizable–at least from the inside out. While the changes may not be visible from the outside, being your own boss will for sure change you from the inside out. My top 10 lessons.   A few things I’d totally do again if I was just starting my business and a few things I’ve changed as my business has grown. 1. Go Against The Grain, It’ll Be OK 2. Your Business Name Does Not Need To Say What You Do 3. Your Spouse Is Doing The Best He Knows How, Give Him A Break 4. You Can’t Build…

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Steps to Align Your Business to YOU when starting a business by coach erin garcia

4 Steps to Align Your Business to YOU

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STEP 1: Acknowledge YOUR true dream. In a world where we often hear things like Dream Bigger, Be More Bold or Move to The Next Level we can get confused on what it is we really want, what our true dreams are. We can often see what others have & do and begin to think that is our dream. Yet, when we take time to focus in on what we really want we may find we actually do not want that which others have or do. We might find that we’ve fallen into the “keeping up with the Jones” or the “I’m not successful because I don’t have what she has.”  We often are not focused on our truest heart desires, but rather swayed by the life or business we see others living & operating. So, I have gathered a couple resources to help you in acknowledging your true dream.…

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Self-esteem and Self-trust Affirmations for Business Owners with coach erin garcia

Self-esteem and Self-trust Affirmations

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Let’s face it — it takes a huge amount of self-esteem and trust in ourselves to be successful at most anything. Yet, being successful at owning your own business and serving your clients often takes just that much more. YOU GOT THIS!!! And here are a few affirmations to help you out. Feeling good about myself is now as natural as breathing. From now on when I look in the mirror, I see only beauty. I accept me as I am. I am a human being with value. I am a woman able to achieve success. I am learning to love ALL of me. I speak loving thoughts to my body and about my body. The love I have for myself grows daily. I am allowed to be great. I am allowed to be successful. I am allowed to believe in myself. I follow through and it builds trust in…

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Confidence Affirmations for Women Business Owners- coach erin

Confidence Affirmations for Women Business Owners

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A lack of confidence can damage your business and your self-worth. But using affirmations can cut out the negative self-talk and get your mind in a place of empowerment and tenacity. When you feel your confidence waning, add these affirmations to your daily routine. I am capable of amazing things I am comfortable, calm and confident I am doing my best and learning to do better I am me and I am proud of me I am my own expert and it is safe for me to trust in me I am now embracing 100% of me I am on my way! I am ready and willing to share my talents with the world I believe in my ability to improve things for others I now choose to believe I have worth I now choose to walk into every meeting with 100% confidence I now recognize my ability to make…

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Take Fear By The Hand & Do It! coaching program with coach erin garcia

Take Fear By The Hand & Do It!

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I’ve long said that fear is not all bad. In many ways fear keeps us safe from harm. but sometimes fear gets confused on what’s harmful and what’s helpful.  If you’re a parent, you at one point loved fear (yes I said loved fear.. stick with me) because fear kept your child safe.   You taught your child to stop and look both ways before crossing a street. That was fear protecting your child from getting into possible danger.  So fear can protect us from possible dangers.   However, the goal of utilizing fear is not to keep your child from ever crossing the street.  The goal of utilizing fear is that your child cross the street safely. This sets us up for utilizing fear in a way that not only protects us but also pushes us to progress.   It’s when the fear sensors get dirty that we run…

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Service Affirmations for Women Business Owners By Coach Erin

Service Affirmations for Women Business Owners

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As service based business owners, we are faced with marketing our business, serving our clients and improving our client results. Keeping our mindset positive and forward focused allows us to create the ultimate business success for ourselves and top notch service results for our clients. I am constantly discovering new ways to improve my services. I recognize my clients needs and design perfectly fit programs for them. My packages allow me to do what I love and am naturally good at. My packages provide my clients solutions to their greatest problems. My service packages are beautifully designed and my clients love them. My services are now creating amazing results for my clients. The demand for my services is constantly increasing. My packages and programs attract new and returning clients. My packages, programs and offerings reflect the work I LOVE to do. My services are in high demand. I acknowledge the…

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Productivity Affirmations for Women Business Owners By Coach Erin

Productivity Affirmations for Women Business Owners

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If work isn’t getting done, you’re not getting paid, right? Keep your mindset on being productive, both in your business and in your life. When you’re feeling like you’re not checking enough off your to-do list, give these productivity affirmations a try. I am organized and productive. I am slamming through my to-do list faster than I thought possible. I am working with strategy and focus. I easily focus my mind and get things done. My mind is focused on getting things done. My to-do list is shrinking. I am a woman who effortlessly gets things done. I utilize my time to maximize my success. Creating tracking forms is now easy for me. Every time I track something, I am accounting for more of it to come. Getting things done is becoming easy for me. I am a WISE woman who spends her time and money on what matters most.…

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A Look Inside a Sparks Chat

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Masterminding and communicating with other business owners is essential to business growth. No matter what stage you’re at in your business, a mastermind can help you grow and develop both personally and professionally–if you’re connecting with the right people and focusing on the right things. With this in mind, my Sparks Mastermind Community has grown and evolved over the years. Today, it’s a twice-monthly virtual chat, monthly sparks productivity sprints, resource file and an active forum. I’m continually amazed at the progress and growth each member makes, and it’s the calls that drive all this change. Every call starts with quick introductions if there’s a new member to the group. Then each attendee talks about something that they need help with or that they want to celebrate. Because sometimes group calls can get off-track without an agenda or clear direction, I have a Topic in My Pocket that I use…

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Business Owners Keep Positive with Affirmations

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We all have difficult days – those days when nothing seems to go right. Days when something in our personal life spills over into our business. These affirmations are designed to help move past the negativity and to put your mind in a more positive and productive place. Daily I choose thoughts, words and actions that support my integrity. Every day I choose thoughts that support me in feeling good about me. I commit to thinking about what I want and believe my dreams are possible. I now expect myself to succeed. I see abundance all around me. I speak positively about my business at all times. I speak positively about myself at all times. My focus is now on being the best version of me. My inner critic is transforming to be my inner cheerleader. My mind now focuses on positive thoughts. My mind is now focused on prosperity.…

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During my Clarity Creator, Erin was able to take what I felt was disorganized thinking or a brain dump, and pull out key information, providing clarity.  We spent much of our time combing through client intake processes, examining what happens first, second, third etc. We also clarified who my clients are, and talked about building service packages. I gained a lot of clarity!

My session felt very comfortable and exceeded my expectations. If you’re thinking of working with Coach Erin, I would definitely encourage you to do so. The little time I've spent with Erin has been valuable and solidified my desire and decision to proceed further with coaching.

- Bridget Jablonski : Phoenix, AZ

email: erin@ecoacherin.com        phone: (602) 499-4825