Asking for and receiving money is one of the most difficult things in business. And as creatives who make things, who puts so much time and love into something, we are terrible at asking for money.

Equally we can have a block with receiving it too.

But think of it this way. You can’t live on fresh air. Your kindness and generosity, even if you did things for free, is not going to make you feel good in the early days and it certainly doesn’t put food on the table.

We have to learn to remove the emotion around money. You need to work out what you need to earn and what you want to earn. I teach this in The Creative Reset.

When money holds us back it is a mental mindset that needs to change. When you are in a small business, you will struggle to ask for money for things you have done but it is so important that you know your financial worth.

Time is money. Money is time. So if that is true and you don’t have money then you can use your time instead. But use it wisely.

It really goes back to your vision (which is emotional). Listen to and see your vision so you are clear on what you want to achieve.

Even if the vision today is a small part of the bigger picture and it’s just that small step today to get to where you want, don’t let the thought that money holds you back. Because it doesn’t. It’s just your way of thinking that holds you back.

If you believe in yourself, and you believe that the vision you are trying to work towards is something achievable, then you can do it, and nothing will get in your way.

This is one of the reasons why I use an elephant in my logo. Because an elephant removes all obstacles. And in order for us to fulfil our vision and fulfil our dreams and get our tasks and our jobs done, we need to be a little bit like an elephant storming through all the problems. And be under no illusion, the problems come one after the other, but it’s how we deal with those problems that makes us stronger.

We can start to deal with them just by having a positive mindset. If it’s money that holds you back, just think, you can still do things without money. You can make small steps, without money. It’s not the money that is the issue. It’s your belief in your vision.

Listen to one of my business heroes in this video. She has a famous saying (not on this video) about money and that is to remove the struggle, remove the chase because money comes when you ignore the emotion.

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