Archive for February, 2011
Question: I’m 50 years old and I’ve been a massage therapist for about 10 years. I work for someone else and am basically making it from paycheck to paycheck. I would like to retire at some point, but don’t see that happening anytime soon. How do I start to save for retirement?
Leigh: It is never too late to start! I found that the best process for me was, if you were able to have automatic payrolI deposits, to specify two different accounts and have a portion of your earnings go to savings/retirement. If that is not possible, then just set up online banking and do manual transfers every time that you receive a paycheck. If you pay yourself first, it will be easier than waiting till everything else is done.
If you think you don’t have money for retirement, start tracking your finances (I use Quicken which is awesome), and look for ways that you spend money – things like Starbucks runs, Eating Out, Entertainment , even cutting off your cable TV and using your Internet to watch shows – all these types of things can help find some extra money for savings/retirement!
Question: “What account software package do you recommend and why?”
Leigh: I’m a huge fan of QuickBooks – Industry leader for years; For Personal Finance and self Employed earnings – I like Quicken! For taxes, I have used Turbo Tax for years. Quicken/Turbo Tax integrate together!
Are you interested in blogging but don’t know where to start or what to write about? Or maybe you are already blogging but don’t know how to get people to your blog or keep them coming back? Check out my free teleseminar this coming Wednesday. Irene Diamond of MassageSuccess will interview me on this very topic. Here’s some of what will be covered:
- The Top (5) Reasons every therapist needs to have a blog.
- Top 2 free blogging platforms and why free might not be the best option.
- The QUICKEST way to get started creating a blog your clients and prospects will want to read
- 3 strategies you can use to build interest and interaction within your audience
- 3 no-cost ways to get new readers to your blog
- 3 ways to WOW your audience and keep them coming back for more
- 3 key points to remember when choosing the right theme for your blog
- 4 SIMPLE ways to stand out from other massage therapist bloggers quickly and easilyHow to choose the Hot topics to blog about
- Strategy to manage your blog writing so it doesn’t overwhelm you or consume too much of your time and
So go ahead and register here. If you can’t make the call LIVE, register anyway. It will be recorded and Irene will send you the link for the replay.
Seth Godin’sTribes is a little book with a powerful punch.
Its message and concept is simple: a person needs to be part of a group and wants to bond with other people who share similar goals and passions. However, Tribes is not a how-to manual for creating great groups. Instead, Godin lays out the benefits of leading a group of people, communicating with people who share similar interests, and growing together with like-minded individuals. Through stories and analogies, Godin inspires readers to lead, unite, and change their world.
Godin highlights many points throughout the book but there is a common thread: we need you. The world needs you. The world needs the abilities and passion you can bring. And, believe it or not, the world is ready for you. Godin states, “What I’m saying is that one person – okay, what I really mean is you – has everything. Everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself. The people around you realize this and they are ready to follow if you’re ready to lead.”
Tribes is a call to action to lead with vision, purpose, and faith. Check out a few more tips in my video book review.
Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?