Freedom – Financial, Time, Self-Expression
Do you dread going to work in the morning? Are you bringing in big bucks for your company and taking home peanuts? Are you tired of being told what to do? Do you do all the work and someone else gets all the credit?
Are you ready to be your own boss?
Entrepreneurs are the backbone of America. Small businesses account for nearly half of the American economy. It isn’t as easy as it looks.
About 50% of small businesses will still be in business after 5 years, according to the Small Business Administration. The reasons for failure are many. The only question that matters is: How can you succeed?
The best way to become successful is to hire the knowledge and expertise you need. The problem is you don’t know what you don’t know. That is where Affolter Academy comes in. Here you can get the basic business knowledge you need to be successful. Plus, access to me on a weekly basis to answer questions and give you insights.
The following are categories I’m working on for the Academy. Click on Blog in the menu to see the posts in each category.
Successful people control their minds. They make things happen. They don’t let their minds tell them what to do. They tell their minds what to do.
You use your will to control your mind. While using your will you are closest to your Creator. That was the conclusion of Napoleon Hill (author of Think and Grow Rich) after spending 20 years studying the 500 most successful men in the world.
I have created a course to help you realize how often you are not in control of your mind and help you take control. The process actually helps you realize who you are and what makes you unique. The process is valuable for everyone but is critical for the entrepreneur.
Understanding the fundamentals of business including accounting, finance, business structures, marketing, taxes, and investment decision making is important. Most successful small business owners do not have MBAs. In fact, the MBA is helpful for getting a job in a major corporation, but often fails to teach what is necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.
What is helpful is finding a mentor – someone who has the experience to help you avoid the pitfalls. Some people have achieved success almost as if by magic. When you hit a rough patch they have no idea what to do because they didn’t have the experience.
Real Estate Investing
More wealth is created through real estate investing than any other single form of investment. It was years before I really understood the power of real estate investing. You become a real estate investor when you buy your first home.
It is important to buy right. Some people get lucky and purchase a home then turn around and sell it for a profit. Talk to people and it won’t take long to find someone who lost money on a home purchase.
My neighbors just told me that they put their house on the market. They are asking $10,000 less than they paid for it. If they get their asking price, they can pay off the mortgage.
Again, the point is you have to buy right.
Without health we are not truly successful. Think about financial freedom. Think about time freedom. Then, think about being sick and unable to enjoy those freedoms.
Many people spend the first half of their lives neglecting their health to achieve wealth and the second half spending their wealth trying to regain their health.
I’ve been a practicing chiropractor for over 30 years. I’ve helped hundreds of people with many different problems. I’ll give you my insights on how you can live a better life.
Many people enjoy my comments on different subjects. I have a knack for finding fallacies and connecting dots that most people don’t catch until I point them out.
Every week I offer a webinar I call Insights. It starts with about 10 minutes of my thoughts about something that has come up during the week. You can watch a couple of Insights without being a member. See what you think.
This is a membership site.
This is a membership website. I offer a few examples of my thinking so you can benefit and decide if you would like even more.
Go to the menu and look around. When you have convinced yourself that you want more, just click on Click Here and Join Now in the right margin.
Do you believe in something for nothing?
I believe you will find that you attract people who think like you do. Are you constantly looking for free advice? Or do you expect to pay for professional services?
I’ll give you an example. I wanted the advice of a CPA. I thought I already knew the answers to my questions, but I wanted to run my ideas past a pro. I made an appointment and spent half an hour with a CPA. At the end, I asked what I owed him. He said he gives away half an hour to prospective clients. I told him I wanted to pay him and paid his usual fee. If you expect to be paid for your services, you should expect to pay.
Every small business has limited capital.
Look for value in the goods and services you purchase and offer value when you are selling. I have frequently paid top dollar for things and found the value was not there. What a disappointment!!
I’ll give you an example. I want to help as many people as possible with Affolter Academy. My business model is to create high quality courses once – and offer them over the Internet. That keeps my costs down and provides tremendous value to members. You benefit by getting more value for you money.
You also get weekly Q & A webinars. I set aside time to answer questions about the courses. Again – I can help a lot of people over the Internet without travel – for you or me.
You can also come to Insights and ask questions or share your experiences. Most business challenges are similar. You may hear a solution from a completely different industry that will help you solve your problem.