Learn how to start or scale a business.. and do it scared.
Annie Bauer is a beautiful soul and business mentor for female entrepreneurs who I met during my business course with Dean Graziosi, Tony Robbins, and Jenna Kutcher! Her main passion is helping to lead female entrepreneurs and side hustlers to success in their careers.
Molly: What would you say is the biggest obstacle facing women who are trying to start their business or side hustle?
Annie: Self doubt and lack of confidence. Women have been conditioned and taught to play small. When it comes to running your own business, we have to learn how to have a bigger voice and to not be embarrassed to share that we have something (whether a skill set of physical product) that can help someone. This is tough not just for people in the beginning stages of business, but also for those who have been in business for years.
Molly: What would you say to women who feel stuck in the traditional 9 to 5 and want to start their own business and leave those traditional confines?
Annie: I want to help women set up a new model or system that doesn’t include the 9 to 5. When we as women work in the 9 to 5 system, we often fine that we’re sacrificing certain things, like being able to raise our children, for making money. My stance is that the 9 to 5 system isn’t going to change anytime soon, so we need to go away and create our own system so that we can have more control over our destiny.
Molly: I think a lot of these women who feel stuck in the 9 to 5, who might have ideas on businesses they want to start, don’t because the idea of money stops them. What would you say to the women who feel like it takes a lot of money to start a business or a side hustle?
Annie: That might have been true years ago, but with today’s technology, you can start a side hustle with almost nothing.
Molly: What are three steps women can take away right now if they are feeling paralyzed with confusion, indecision, or not having enough to make that start?
Annie: The first thing, even if you don’t have any followers, is to go set up an e-mail service provider and start talking to them!
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The second thing is to figure out where your ideal clients hang out on social media and to get on there! Social media is free. Get on there and tell people who you are, what you do, and what problem you solve.
The third thing is to set up a free zoom account. You can talk unlimited on one on one calls and you can start making those connections.
Molly: Why should women act now to build a life that they love and not later?
Annie: Now is always the best time. Get out of your head and get into action. Action leads to momentum. Time is your most precious asset. Taking action can be as simple as setting up a facebook page, or joining a group of like minded people; it can be just one small simple action.
Molly: Can you tell our listeners what a mentor is and how they can help entrepreneurs in their business?
Annie: So many people ask this. People say “why do I need a mentor, can’t I just figure it out on my own?” But it goes back to what I said before, time is your most valuable asset. A really great mentor or coach will simplify and streamline things and get you where you need to go faster, with more clarity, and more purpose than you can get there on your own. Go to somebody who you feel is trusted person. Hire someone who is results and progress oriented. Hire someone who will help you save time and get there faster. Make sure you hire someone who is listening to YOU. What you want and your dreams.
Molly: What is a membership community
Annie: Membership communities are really unique. You pay a monthly free to be in the community but it’s also a way to get advice, coaching, and direction so that you also have accountability and guidance along the way. With a membership community you also have the added benefit of all the other people in the group or community.
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