Wish lists aren’t just for the holidays! All entrepreneurs should have wish lists. It’s good to verbalize what you would like to have in your business or personal life.
You can make a “wish list” in written form, or you can get creative and make a vision board. If you love Pinterest, consider making an Entrepreneurial Wish List pin board too.
Keep your wish list visible at all times, and celebrate when you achieve an item.
Need ideas on what to add to your wish list? Here are 10 ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
#1: Inspirational books
Whether you love the feel of a book in your hand or enjoy listening to audio books during your workout, don’t forget to add inspirational books to your wish list. What you consider “inspirational” will be unique to you – it doesn’t always mean self-help or a biography. For example, one of my most inspirational books is a fiction book called The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – an inspiring tale about love between family and friends – even during history’s darkest hour.
#2: Conference or workshop
Investing in yourself is one of the best investments you can make. Why not add an educational opportunity to your wish list? Ideally, find a multi-day conference where you can meet others while learning something new. Think big! The more you invest (time, money and energy), the more likely you will be to implement what you learned from the conference.
#3: A coach
Why not consider hiring a coach to help you? Whether you need a marketing coach, health coach or spiritual guide, finding someone to mentor your entrepreneurial journey is a valuable investment – one that you will recoup with better business practices, health, mindset and profits.
#4: Professional photos
Nothing says you are serious about your brand than a professional photo. And if you already have professional photos, is it time for an update? Many entrepreneurs invest in new pictures every year. Don’t be shy about investing in great photos of yourself.
#5: Visual identity
Many people avoid hiring graphic designers because of the perceived cost, but you may be surprised how affordable good graphic design can be. Consider adding “visual identity” to your wish list so you can get help creating your logo, website look-and-feel, ezine template and overall branding. You will look that much more professional with a visual identity that embodies your brand.
#6: Video camera and editing tools
There is nothing wrong with shooting a video with your iPhone (I do it all the time), but when you’re ready to kick up your video marketing a notch, it’s time to invest in more sophisticated video camera and editing tools. A good video camera doesn’t have to break the bank! Read consumer reviews and select a camera in your price range. Don’t forget to also invest in video editing software for your PC to fine tune your videos even more.
#7: Email service provider
Depending on your needs, it may be time to invest in a more robust email service provider. Providers such as InfusionSoft and Constant Contact do charge monthly fees, but their features can accelerate your email marketing. Research the best providers for your needs.
#8: Virtual assistant
How much time are you spending on administrative tasks that could be spent on your marketing? A virtual assistant can be a lifesaver, helping you with back-office projects and administration of your business. Even if you hire someone for two hours a week, those are two hours you can devote to marketing and growing your business.
#9: Help around the house
I always say “When I get rich, I am going to hire a maid, a gardener and a cook!” Well, you don’t have to be rich to hire people to help you manage your house. Working, parenting, helping elderly parents and managing a household all equal major stress! Find ways to cut the stress by hiring people to help you clean your house, mow your lawn, take care of your pool, do your laundry or run errands for you. This will give you more time to devote to your business, and more importantly, to spend time with your family.
#10: A vacation or two
All work and no play does not make for a good life! It’s essential that you unplug and take a vacation (or two). Even if it’s just a weekend getaway, plan for fun and relaxation. Your batteries will get recharged, and you’ll be a better entrepreneur as a result.
Now that you have 10 ideas, it’s time to write your Entrepreneurial Wish List!
What items will you wish for? Let me know in the comments below (I can’t wait to read your ideas).
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