How To Get $10,000 For Your Business

Did you see the news?

The Queensland Government has just announced that they will be offering $10,000 grants to small and micro businesses to assist with the COVID-19 recovery.

Yep, if you have less than 20 employees, earn more than $75,000 a year and have payroll less than $1.3million, then you are eligible.

You need to be quick though…

… As I write this blog, there have already been 3,213 applications submitted and 32% of the funds allocated!

… So you need to apply today.

You can find out all the details and submit your application by clicking here.

One thing to note, is that there are specific services that you are able to spend your $10,000 on… 

THEY ARE:

  • Financial, legal or other professional advice to support business sustainability and diversification
  • Strategic planning, financial counselling or business coaching aligned to business development and diversification
  • Building the business through marketing and communications activities, for example, content development (web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media etc.)
  • Digital/technological strategy development
  • Digital training or re-training to adapt to new business models
  • Capital costs associated with meeting COVID-19 SAFE requirements
  • Specialised digital equipment or business specific software to move business operations online (e.g. logistics program for online ordering)
  • Meeting business costs, including utilities, rent.

If you want to have a chat about how I can help you with your application, then click here for a free, no-obligation phone call.

Good luck and get applying today! 

Be awesome

Billy.

Online Is The New Black

Yesterday I had one of my coaching clients make $1,100.

Doesn’t sound like much right?

Well… what if I told you that was on DAY 1 of her online salon business… 

… after taking her business online due to the coronavirus restrictions!

Below is another one of my coaching clients who had the same result on Day 1.

The thing is, I’m speaking with a whole bunch of salon owners right now who are getting these results from taking their salon business online.

Once the restrictions were put in place, they made the decision to go online and now they’re reaping the rewards.

In their online business, they have limited wages, no electricity, no equipment servicing…

… and in some cases, NO RENT!

Basically almost all of the income is pure PROFIT!

So, I bet that $1,100 a day doesn’t seem that bad now, right?

What would you do with $5,000 – $10,000 a week PROFIT?

How would that change your life?

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All you need to do is make the decision to get started. 

You can get started today by logging into my free program that I launched last week.

Yep, it’s FREE

No payment, no catch.

Just my way of saying thanks to an industry that’s given me so much and to help out business owners in a time of crisis! 

If you haven’t already got your login, click here now. 

If you have already created a login, but are yet to get started, then click here.

Make your own decision to get started today. Make a decision to secure your businesses future. 

Make a decision to be a part of the salons that thrive during these tough times.

You don’t need to be brilliant with technology, you just need to commit to implementing the program! 

Enjoy, good luck and be awesome,

Billy.

How You Make Salon Sales… Even During A Lockdown!

Billy, you must read this list, and I’m going to tell you why at the end. See if you can guess…

  • General Electric
  • IBM- General Motors
  • Disney
  • Burger King
  • Microsoft
  • CNN
  • Apple (Modern Day)
  • Hewlett Packard
  • John Deere
  • Fedex
  • International House of Pancakes
  • MTV
  • Hyatt
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Walmart

Did you get it?

Do you know what this list all have in common? 

They were ALL started in a depression or a recession!

So why do I tell you this?

Well, because like it or not, we’re about to go into one of the toughest financial periods since the Great Depression of the 1920’s.

Yep, 100 years ago was when we last felt economic pain like this.

So what are you going to do? 

If you’re staying positive, then read on. If you’re thinking negative, then read on. 

If you’re unsure… then read on!

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I’m here to be your voice of reason, but also to be your voice of optimism and hope.

Like the old song says I’ll be your ‘little ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.’

(You’re singing the song now right??) haha

The truth is, that YES, this situation sucks! 

Businesses are closing down, events are getting cancelled, people are getting laid off…

… but most importantly, people are also dying.

Whatever you’re going through right now, it feels like pain. 

It feels like there is no hope, but someone always has it worse.

The person on a ventilator right now in hospital fighting for their life, would give anything to have what most people are considering challenges right now.

I’m not denying that our challenges aren’t real, and I’m not downplaying some of the genuine concerns people have around money and their future…

But I want to keep things in perspective for one reason and one reason only…

… Because you must remain positive during this time, you must be hopeful and most importantly, you MUST be mindful enough to see the opportunities that exist during a time like this. 

Just like Disney and FedEx and Hyatt did.

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There are opportunities that exist and there ARE ways to make money, even if your business is closed. 

Hang in there long enough, and there will be a MASSIVE opportunity to make a lot of money once this storm passes.

So what do you do now?

Do you take this time to lay low, worry and pray?

Or do you take this time to prepare, plan and get ready! 

I urge you to choose the latter.

I plead with you to choose positivity! 

Negativity and worry during a time like this will lead to worry and negativity.\

Positivity will lead to abundance and success.

And just like the old Pantene ad said ‘It might not happen overnight, but it will happen.’

In this time when everybody else is on the defensive and contracting their business…

Get on the front foot. 

Get on the attack and position yourself as the industry leader. 

Make yourself known and let your clients know that you aren’t going anywhere. 

Now is the time to expand and grow! 

And speaking of growth…

I’ve just launched a way that you and your team can grow through this down time. 

It outlines exactly how you can maximise your sales through the slow down and also how to grow lighting speeds faster than your competition once the industry starts to recover.

So instead of letting all this uncertainty paralyse you, you can instead get excited by what’s to come…

… And prepare yourself for the most exciting growth period you’ve ever seen.

You can check out all the details by clicking here now.

All I will say is that this training has saved my businesses time and time again…

… and it’s allowed me to grow my new company from $0 to $2million in the first 14 months of trading. 

Keep moving forward, 

Billy Rickman.

P.S. If you got value out of this blog please forward it to a friend or share it on your socials, during these testing times.

P.P.S Don’t forget to check out all the details by clicking here now.

The Power of Your Thoughts…

On average we have 75,000 thoughts per day! But here’s the even crazier part…

91% of those thoughts are exactly the same as the day before! That’s 68,250 repeated thoughts every single day.  

I assume most of you have heard of the principle, the law of attraction; that we attract what we focus on right… 

… To keep things interesting, your subconscious mind cannot differentiate between your thoughts and reality.

Crazy right!

Now, you are probably starting to understand just how powerful your thoughts are. 

I want you to take a minute or two now to think about what you usually think about. Yep, that’s right, I want you to THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT…

keep thinking!

How’d you go… and be honest, are the majority of your thoughtspositive or negative?

Ok…Now what I want you to do is focus on the life you dream of living…

… what does that life look like, what are you wearing, what kind of car are you driving, what house do you live in, where do you live, are you happy, are you laughing, how do you walk, how do others see you, what do you spend your days doing? 

The power is in the DETAILS, the more details the better. 

If our brain cannot differentiate between what is real and what isn’t AND…

If 91% of our thoughts are repeated on a daily basis AND…

If we attract what we focus on…

…then wouldn’t it be super powerful if you were INTENTIONAL with your thoughts? 

If you controlled your thoughts so they worked for you to attract the life you actually WANT to be living? 

I know my answer. 

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Now, before I sign off, I am going to ask you to do me a favour…

… For the next week in the 5 minutes before you go to sleep and in the first 5 minutes of waking, take 100% control of your thoughts

ONLY think positiveabundant thoughts, picture in as much detail as possible that dream life you were picturing earlier. 

Just 5 minutes twice a day, for one week…can you do that? 

Awesome! 

I promise you, if you can commit 10 minutes a day to really controlling your thoughts, you will start to attract MASSIVE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE. 

Happy Monday! 

Be awesome and let me know how you go. 

Billy ‘thought-provoking’ Rickman. 

P.S If you want to harness the power of your thoughts, shift your mindset and attract abundance in your life, then book in a free 30 minute business strategy session with one of our coaches.

Click here to book your free session now. 

The Dark Side of Dopamine

And How You Can Make It Your Superpower…

We have all heard of the popular neurotransmitter that everyone is talking about (including myself)…yep, you guessed it, dopamine…

…And rightfully so. This chemical means serious business! 

It makes sure we get stuff done, it focusses us on our goals and keeps us motivated and inspired! It also keeps us constantly searching for that next hit. 

So who likes to do lists…? Yeah, me too!

That satisfying feeling you get when you cross things off your list…yep you guessed it again, dopamine. 

In the right balance dopamine can be extremely beneficial to our lives, but dopamine has a dark side that most aren’t talking about…

Did you know some of the other things that release dopamine include, alcohol, sex, nicotine, gambling, and even your cell phone! 

If unbalanced, dopamine is extremely dangerous and it’s destructive

This is because dopamine is highly, highly addictive

It’s no wonder that this chemical can lead us into a false sense of achievement, going about our day creating and ticking off the items on our to do lists, constantly chasing that next hit of dopamine, but never progressing too far forward. 

Tony Robbins explains ‘most people mistake movement for achievement.’ Yep, once again, dopamine is the culprit. 

So what do we do? 

We have to SHIFT our focus and become obsessed with outcomes instead of activities

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We must be more intentional with our movements to ensure they are bringing us closer to the outcomes we desire. 

This way we can use dopamine to our advantage and not let it trick us into thinking we are progressing forward. 

So now we know how powerful dopamine really is…use dopamine as your superpower and make it your advantage over your competitors! 

Be awesome! 

Billy ‘Superman’ Rickman

P.S If you want to see what your true potential could be by shifting your focus to true outcomes, then book in a free 30 minute business strategy session with one of our coaches.

Click here to book your free session now. 

 

Why Happiness Is NOT The End Goal…

And Why You Need To Stop Chasing It!

In the wise words of Gautama Buddha…

“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have…” 

All too often, I see people so intrinsically focused on the end result, on where they so desperately want to be…

I will be happy when I earn $X amount.’  or ‘When I lose X amount of weight, then I will be happy.’

Let me preface with saying, we have all done it – myself included – but, I genuinely believe that the goal is to be exponentially happy in the present moment…NOW!

And I know what you’re thinking, ‘Billy, how can I be happy when I am struggling financially or when I am overworked and stressed out?’

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Here’s the thing…if we are continually seeking ‘happiness’ then we are coming from a place of ‘lack.’ 

We are already telling ourselves that we are NOT presently happy and we are attaching our happiness to external sources in the form world.

We need to flip that mindset on its head. Instead of lack, we must start to come from a place of abundance. 

Remember… happiness comes from within and it is a conscious choice we have to make everyday. 

So often, I hear people tell me they feel guilty about being happy because they are not yet where they want to be…

… But we need to give ourselves permission to BE happy! 

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We can be happy AND be striving to achieve financial freedom. We can be happy AND be trying to lose weight and prioritising our health…

…These things are not mutually exclusive!

If we continually view happiness as the end goal or destination, how do we know when we have ‘made it?’

That we can now be happy…? Because there is always going to be another goal, another mountain to climb and there is always room for more self-improvement. 

Happiness is an inside job and a daily practice. There is no path to happiness, the path IS happiness…

So to everyone reading this, let’s make it our mission today to BE HAPPY, right now…irrespective of any external conditions…

Nope, no excuses!!

Are you excited?!?! ME TOO! 🙂 I mean who doesn’t want to be happy… AM I RIGHT!? 

Be awesome (and BE HAPPY)

Billy ‘Happy Dancing’ Rickman

P.S If you have pre-purchased the Official Recording of the SALONGROWTHCON event, then I’m super excited to let you know, it will be available in only a couple of weeks time! 

If you haven’t yet got your copy, click here now and grab it for only $97! 

5 Ways That Dwelling Is Killing Your Business

… and why you need to stop.

The other day, someone asked a question of whether they should call out their competitors for buying cheap products overseas when they purchase theirs locally.

The answer is that both options have pros and cons, but the number one thing you shouldn’t do is dwell on the decision

You either do it. Or you don’t. 

Dwelling on decisions and stalling on action, can be the number one thing that causes your business to stall, and here are 5 reasons why:

1. It distracts you from your bigger goals – Every business should have one or two major goals that they are trying to achieve at any given time. The major goals in your business are those that will make the biggest impact and move the needle the most. Often times, the decisions we dwell on, are not those in relation to the major goals and they are usually smaller decisions that are not overly impactful in the greater scheme of things. Dwelling on these, takes you off course, and ends up causing you to lose focus on the things that are most important. 

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2. It uses up cognitive resources – We all know that as an entrepreneur, most days you come home from the day exhausted and fatigued. Depending on your industry, it can be physically, mentally or both. The thing is, we only have a finite reserve of energy and we want to make sure that we are using our energy for the things that are serving us to reach our goals. Using mental energy to dwell on decisions is never going to benefit your productivity and it will almost certainly end up delaying your results.

3. You miss other opportunities – The Reticulator Activator System (RAS) is a bundle of nerves at our brainstem that filters out unnecessary information so the important stuff gets through. Basically, it’s the reason why when you buy a new car, all of a sudden you see the same car everywhere! The RAS is tuned into filtering out things that are important and things that aren’t. When you focus on something, the brain sees it as important and looks for other things related to that. If it’s not your focus, then the brain filters it out. When you are dwelling on decisions of the past or stuck in dwelling on a current decision, your brain is focused on that, and is missing the countless other opportunities that are passing you by on a daily basis! 

4. You lose momentum – Momentum is hard to get and easy to lose. Momentum is also the thing though, that when you do have it, it will turn you into a business superhero! For momentum to take place, it involves two ongoing steps – keep taking action and keep getting results… whether they are small or big! You cannot get, or be in momentum when you’re standing still. So whilst you’re stuck or you’re dwelling on a decision, you are in effect standing still and definitely out of momentum. 

5. The moment passes – An opportunity can sometimes be fleeting. Becoming a YouTube star when it was first launched. Executing on email marketing before it got saturated. Buying a house in an area before it booms. Opportunities come and go, but real opportunities usually don’t last long and are either taken by someone else or the market catches up. Whenever you dwell on a decision, just know that the opportunity you’re dwelling on, may just pass you by. 

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I hope this convinces you to start making bolder and more swift decisions. You’re never going to get it right 100% of the time, but I can promise you that you will achieve more, get more gains and get closer to your goals by being a rapid and decisive action taker, instead of dwelling on your decisions. 

Be awesome,

Billy.

P.S If you are still being indecisive about SALONGROWTHCON, then become a better decision maker starting today. Go to www.salongrowthcon.com now and get your ticket. 

This is a decision you will not regret making! 

Trust Me: This Matters… A Lot!

There was a time not so long ago, that I was so broke I couldn’t afford to put milk on my cereal.

Yep thats right, one morning I had to choose between putting milk on my son’s cereal or my own because I couldn’t afford any more milk. 

Of course I chose his, and that morning I had water on my Weet-Bix, and this story always serves to remind me of how bad things were… and how far I’ve come.

What happened at the time, was that somebody I did a business deal with, really screwed me over and left me with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt because of their failure to pay. 

I had stupidly signed an agreement as a guarantor on a contract and when they fell through, I was left with all the debt! 

The more I am in business, the more I realise these things happen, and as much as we try to control things and protect ourselves, some times we just learn lessons the hard way.

I’ve wrote about this story a few times in more detail, but the point of this blog today is not about what happened in this moment, but about what I did to come back.

One of the things Im passionate about in entrepreneurship is being a problem solver. 

In business, I’ve never met a successful person yet that didn’t have an innate ability to look at any problem in the business – no matter how big or small – and always have the mindset of ‘let’s find a way to solve it.’

I think by-in-large, this is what separates successful entrepreneurs from those that don’t make it.

I posted on my Facebook page about this last week, and it amazed me how many people reached out and told me how much it hit home!

This mentality goes for anything in business. For example, if you found your new perfect location or you need to make an extra $20,000 this month.

Successful people don’t look at opportunities or targets and say I cant make it happen… they instead look at them and say how do I make it happen?!

This mindset and this way if thinking is exactly what I had at my worst moment, when I couldn’t afford milk, and it’s what allowed me to keep going and move forward to get myself out of it.

I never once thought that I couldn’t make it happen, I just constantly kept asking the question ‘how do I make it happen.’

I kept asking it until I found a way.

If there is anything you want or need in your business right now, and you think it’s out of reach, maybe you’re just saying the wrong thing. 

Maybe you’re not asking yourself the right question.

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Instead of saying you can’t make it happen, start asking yourself ‘how can I make it happen’ and I promise you, your business will start to thrive.

You can start with with this mindset straight away!

If you’re wanting to come to SALONGROWTHCON 2019 because you know how much it will benefit you and your business, but you’re saying that you can’t make it happen…

Then flip it right now and ask instead ‘how can I make it happen?’

Become a problem solver in business, and keep going until you find a way.

Be awesome,

Billy.

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This Post Will Make You 😂 And 😱!

It’s Billy again with something a little more humorous today!

All my life, I was always told that the early bird gets the worm.

It annoyed me sometimes when I wanted a sleep in, but dang, ain’t it the truth!

I’m not trying to go all “preacher mode” on you, but if you want to get the worm (aka SALONGROWTHCON ticket), you have a very limited time left BEFORE tickets increase from $197 to $297!

And to put the price in perspective, here are five things that cost more than a SALONGROWTHCON ticket…

Three Months Of Commuting Over The Sydney Harbour Bridge – $516

A Weekend Of Serious Partying – $350

Luxury Frisbees – $305

Lamer Moisturising Soft Cream  – $3,350

Two Months of Coffee From Your Local Coffee Shop – $416

Pop Up Book About The History Of Clams – $2,500

Ten Voss Shampoo – $420

Really takes a book about clams to put things into perspective, right?!

SALONGROWTHCON is happening on June 15th and 16th on the Gold Coast, QLD, at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. 

We have Tabatha Coffey headlining with a 60 minute presentation and 30 minute meet and greet, plus 23 of the very best industry speakers.

We have a limited number of Early Bird tickets left. So, if you want to learn direct from the people who know firsthand how to succeed in this industry, then get your ticket now! 

Click here to get your ticket now. See you in June.

Be awesome,

Billy

PS: If you have any questions, comment on this blog post or click here to email and I’ll get back to you asap.

This Might Just Be Better Than SEX!

Did you know there’s a huge connection and link between SEX and being MOTIVATED?

It’s true…

Recently I was learning all lot about how the brain tiggers motivation, and what I learnt was fascinating!

There is a HUGE correlation between motivation, success and having a healthy body and healthy mind… 

…and it shouldn’t be underestimated!

There is a saying about motivation by Zig Ziglar that goes…

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

… But how do we become motivated and how do we keep motivated each day?

Turns out that one of the main players in staying motivated, is that neurotransmitter everybody loves to talk about called Dopamine.

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Dopamine has been thought of mainly in the past as the chemical responsible for pleasure, but more and more these days, there is evidence that Dopamine is actually responsible for encouraging us to act… either to achieve something good or to avoid something bad!

It simply isn’t there to just make us feel good.

Dopamine spikes for many reasons, such as foods, exercise, close relationships, but did you know that higher levels of dopamine are found in motivated and ambitious people?

This means that when you are motivated and achieving, you will have more dopamine releases and you will feel good! 

Who doesn’t want to feel good, right?

Dopamine is also the main neurotransmitter that makes men and women feel good before and after sex.

The anticipation and build up of sex triggers dopamine releases and then afterwards… well, lets just say there’s a significant increase in Dopamine there too!

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Having sex regularly causes us to maintain higher levels of dopamine, and so too does being in a state of motivation and inspiration.

If you want to feel like you do during sex, then get motivated in your daily life!

If you are feeling flat right now, then it may be because you’re not motivated, inspired (or having enough sex… or maybe all three), so you need to do something about it to increase your dopamine levels and start to feel GREAT!

I can’t help you with the sex part, but I can help you with becoming  motivated and inspired beyond your imagination.

The event I am hosting in June this year called SALONGROWTHCON, runs for two days and has 23 speakers from the hair and beauty industry, who are the most motivational people imaginable… including the legendary Tabatha Coffey!

They have all achieved huge things, they have accomplished massive goals, they have helped so many people around the world. 

Now, they want to share their knowledge with you! They want to motivate, inspire and excite you to succeed in your business and in your life beyond anything you could have imagined.

Go here to get your tickets nowbecome HUGELY motivated and give yourself the gift of increased Dopamine in your life!

Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Be awesome,

Billy Rickman