TentMaking. The Christian Income Effort
Your business (tentmaking) is a full-time effort, but it is in a phase of generating part-time pay. Whether this is your side-hustle, or your only income source, at the end of the day, you are ‘tentmaking‘ (working to earn an income) and your family has needs that require MONEY! Before you quit or lose your focus, be sure you are doing these 7 things:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
7 Tentmaking Tips:
- Know your WHY
Apostle Paul was a tentmaker on purpose because he knew his WHY. He was serving in un-chartered territory where he would not get support from those he served. While he was fully entitled to a living wage, he used tentmaking to finance him during his ministry so that he could continue.
1 Corinthians 4:11-12 “Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living.”
If you do not have a clear and passionate why, your business will feel like a burden (it’s not! It’s a solution, but you lost focus); and your effort will be a frustration (sorry, but if the bread needs 1 hour to bake, increasing the temperature may make it burn, not bake faster).
2. Don’t be Shy
People need to know you are tentmaking. Prospect or not, those around you should know what you do for a living. I learned the hard way, when a friend bought something I sold from a stranger because he did not know I sold that thing. I did not speak up. Not everyone is a possible client, but they may be able to offer a referral. Plant the seed! Simply share honestly, you just want those around you to know what you do – you are tentmaking, and this (fill in the blank) is your tentmaking thing. Speak up!
3. It’s OK to Cry
If it were easy to be an entrepreneur, everyone would be doing it. You are carrying a cross. If Jesus could sweat blood knowing the personal sacrifice required, trust me – it is OK to cry. Not many will understand those tears either, but I do. I have walked this road, I have cried those tears. Even so, don’t cry too long, or too often. Wallow in self-pity and you lose momentum, focus and energy. Dry those tears and get back to business!
4. Send Prayers High
This should be a no-brainer, but we are such ‘DOING’ people that praying is not done hard enough, long enough or often enough. We plan, we scheme, we stress, we work – and if we pray, it is more like sending up a wish list to a Santa Claus who thinks we have been too naughty to reward. Prayer is not just for the realm of ministry. Prayer absolutely belongs at foundation of your business.
5. Build to the Sky
Beware of glass ceilings! The problem with them is, you don’t see them and so you don’t even know they are there. Years ago, I played the Prosperity Game to find I got stuck at explaining the $64K the ‘Universe’ delivered to me in the game. Prior to that, I had not personally earned in excess of $55K and would have laughed if anyone had tried to suggest (a) I had a glass ceiling and (b) it was as low as $64K. Once I got over that and expanded my mindset, I played again and got stuck at $250K. I kept playing the game over and over till I felt comfortable with the idea of earning millions. I had to see it in my mind before it could become possible in my life. What about you?
Lofty goals intensifies the effort. Anything target you feel is easy to reach will trigger little effort from us. Huge, overwhelming, reaching to the sky goals, well – those have it already built in that ONLY extra effort will help you maybe reach kinda there. Building to the sky, or 10Xing your goal is like what my mother use to tell me, “shoot for the stars, if you hit the tree tops it is still a better place than the ground”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Leave a Comment and share with a friend. Most of all – do not give up. Your family is depending on you. Need help? Connect with me.
[tweet_box]”Mediocre, ordinary, and lame goals are totally uninspiring. Reach for the sky. Stretch yourself. Grow!” Trudy Beerman[/tweet_box]
6. Numbers Don’t Lie
I know number crunching sounds as much fun as having your tooth pulled without anesthesia, but trust me – delegate it if you must, but embrace numbers!
[tweet_box]”If there are no targets there will be no measurable results.” Trudy Beerman [/tweet_box]
What is the history of the numbers telling you? Ordered too much, not enough, too early, too late? Who is buying? What age group? More men than women? Average number of units sold, and so on. When we are willing to embellish and qualitatively enhance things, numbers don’t lie. My radio show used to draw an audience of 67% females aged 33-55, then I noticed a shift to 54% males in the same age group. I traced that back to an earlier tweak from referring to my target market as business owners, to breadwinners. Apparently more men resonated with that term, With that insight, I now say income earners. Time will tell how that impacts my numbers. Check your numbers, and do it regularly.
7. Say Goodbye
Say goodbye to time wasting activities. Say goodbye to energy sucking negative ninnies. Say goodbye to mediocrity. Re-evaluate your team and say goodbye to some of them too. Anyone who is not on board with the vision will hold the team back. Have a pow-wow session, hash it out, get them on board or show them the door.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ― Henry Ford
Sometimes you just gotta do the hard thing that is the right thing. Sometimes you need to say goodbye.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]