Tips For Newbie Spiritual Entrepreneurs And Tarot Readers
When you are working to start and grow your spiritual business or tarot reading business, you need to know a few things. Growing a spiritual business can be exhilarating, but it can also be hard work. Far too often, people give up before they really even put effort into their spiritual business or tarot business. Here are some tips that will help you understand that you aren’t alone, that your efforts will be worth it — if you put the effort in, that is!
I want to let you know that this list is honest. It’s not airy fairy and it’s not Law of Attraction based. It is the real deal. Far too many people will tell you to wish until it comes true. Well, while you are wishing, here are some things you should know…
You are going to have to work.
Sorry to say it, but you will have to put some hours into growing your spiritual business. Blog posts don’t write themselves. Podcasts and videos don’t appear out of the clear blue. You can spend all the time you want journaling and wishing, but if you don’t put in the effort, you won’t make a profit or grow your audience.
This is one reason it is so important for you to LOVE what you do, so much so that you could write and talk about it all. day. long. to anyone who will listen, up to and including your partner or your pet. My dogs learn all about symbolism when we go for our walks, and they help me to get focused on what I want to talk to my audience about.
It’s going to take time.
This is one thing I see over and over again — people expecting that they will write a blog post or two, put up a Facebook page and an Instagram account, and WHOOSH — the money will start rolling in. When it doesn’t, they get sad and quit.
Patience, Grasshopper. It WILL happen, but it WILL take time, energy, and focus. Your business will grow day-by-day and with loving care from you. Nurture it. Give it love and time. Cut out weeds, prune when needed, make adjustments, and it will grow.
Shout it from the rooftops
“If you build it, they will come.” Even Kevin Costner got a big wakeup call when he followed the advice he was given by Spirit. It wasn’t just about building it, but also about letting people know it was there. So, share your blog posts, videos, and readings with anyone who is interested in seeing them. Keep sharing. And then share some more.
You can and should share your blog posts and videos multiple times — that is totally OK. The algorithms limit who sees your posts to like 10% of those posting, and then they have to be online that day to see what you broadcast.
Create great content and share it all around!
Also, the more you talk about and share your business, the more eyes you’ll have on it. Once your audience grows, people will start sharing your blog posts and videos and recommending your readings. Encourage them to share your spiritual based business and don’t let their sharing stop you from sharing.
I can share it for you if you want me to. Let’s chat to see kind of help you need for your spiritual business.
You do you.
There are millions of spiritually based businesses out there — and the difference between what you are doing and what they are doing is 100% personality. You know the old adage: your vibe attracts your tribe — well, get out there and vibe it up!
The thing is, when you aren’t being you, people feel it. It dulls your work and, on a subconscious level, steers people away from you to someone who is more real and honest. YOU are a totally spectacular part of your spiritual business — your personality, your thoughts about different topics, your journey, your unique take on things. Don’t hide that from the world. Embrace it and let the world get to know you!
Speaking of honesty.
It’s the best policy. I’ll tell you, there are charlatans and scammers GALORE on the market. Don’t be one of them. It cheapens you and your work and it cheapens our collective work as a whole. It makes people distrust all healers and readers. Don’t be the person who sows that kind of energy into our space.
Don’t rely on unicorns.
What is a “unicorn”? A unicorn is a client who spends bank on your services, day in, day out. Someone who is addicted to your readings and hands a huge chunk of their decision making process over to you. The bad thing is, these people are likely not making the changes or doing the internal work, but putting all of their hope into you saying or doing some magical thing that will bring them love or fortune. When the results they are hoping for don’t come to them, they’ll be asking for a refund. In full. For all the money they’ve paid you through the months and years.
I have seen this happen more than once. It’s not good. If you find someone becoming overly reliant on you for advice, healing, or spell-casting, it’s time to draw a line in the sand and let them wing it until something changes in their lives. It might be hard to turn down the money, but you don’t want to nurture unhealthy, codependent relationships with clients.
Boundaries will save your sanity.
Trust me on this one. I’ve been “overly available” for clients before. I’ve let people continue to contact me after knowing (and telling them) they should see a psychiatric counselor or just give things time to unfold. I’ve let people spend my time looking things up they could Google themselves.
People are impatient and the internet — especially things like Facebook Chat and What’s App — gives people far too much access to your personal space and time. They want to get you to do freebies or they want to get around paying or doing the work themselves. I’ve been down this road before, and it led me to burn out and resentment.
People will value your time if you value your time by setting boundaries and being strict with them.
Get a scheduling application, like Acuity, and do not allow your clients to PM you or just reach out to pick your brain. Make them continue to work with you over the chatlines or through a pre-paid app. Make them pay for their appointments BEFORE you send an email or spend an hour with them (you can send a PayPal invoice right through your Facebook messenger). Trust me on this one.
I’ve talked to many other readers and healers who got scammed out of hundreds of dollars by clients — and I have as well. Keep firm boundaries and honor them, or your clients won’t honor them or value your time.
Speaking of value, charge your worth.
This might rub sandpaper on the nerves of many a generous and “5D” spiritual entrepreneur, but we are still living in a 3D world and we still have stuff to pay for. Our businesses have real expenses, like computers, internet access, phone lines, new decks, training seminars, electricity, an office space (or home office), gas, parking, rent, etc. — and we have needs (food and clothes) and desires, too.
If you want to be a full-time psychic, tarot reader, or healer, you have to charge a rate that will cover your expenses and pay for your living costs, food, clothes, and the things you want in life. If you don’t want to charge for your time, then go get a job and do your spiritual work as a hobby, because it isn’t a business. I know that sounds harsh, but it is true.
Don’t be shy about asking what you truly think your readings or sessions are worth. Factor in things like drive time, booth rent, parking, and hourly rates. Be confident that you will find people who will pay what you ask. Put your prices on your site in plain view!
And don’t base your business on the lowest common denominator. Be valuable, not cheap. There are a million other people in other situations who might charge less. That’s OK. Charge more, but make it worth it.
Don’t half-ass it.
I hear about people who are running multiple instances of hotlines on their computers at once, chatting with multiple people at one time. Whaaaaat? How can you get a good spiritual connection with several people at once? That sounds like a barroom conversation, and who knows if you are getting crossed lines.
I’ve seen people say they type slowly during the “free three minutes” when they work on chatlines or just copy/pasting readings. C’mon now! And courses — don’t just regurgitate what you’ve seen/heard other people doing. And DON’T STEAL.
And, while the occasional typo or misspelled word can slip by without harming your reputation (even if the Grammar Nazis point it out), sloppy, hard to read, and low-quality posts and content will definitely harm your credibility. We all start somewhere and we get better as we go, but consistently churning out messy, mediocre, and just boring content won’t likely do anything good for you.
You are building a reputation for yourself with each and every action and encounter you have. Make your reputation speak for you in a good way.
Ask for testimonials.
This is kind of like reputation building. People LOVE to see that you have helped other people. They want to see a name and a picture of a person with a testimonial.
Make sure you ask for the testimonial from someone who has mentioned they loved working with you or said your healing session was heavenly. Also, ask if you can use the person’s name and picture on your site. Most of the time, the people who are happy with your work will be happy to provide you with not only a little paragraph of praise, but also a nice picture to use on their site.
Check out my Praise Page for a look at how this is done.
One thing I have to say here, though, is how icky it is when you tell people that you will give them free minutes for or ask for a 5-star rating at the beginning of a reading. When I was doing QA at the psychic hotline I worked at, that drove me NUTS! Don’t waste a person’s time — especially if you are charging like $9.99 a minute — asking them to inflate their opinion of you. Do a good job and the 5-star ratings will accumulate.
Don’t freak out over bad reviews.
Not every review you get will be 5-stars. It’s OK. If you are consistently doing your best, you’ll still have some person who won’t like what you said. Don’t let it affect your energy or your confidence. Just shake it off and move on.
Click here to read more Don’t Freak Out About Bad Reviews.
BUT, if you are getting a lot of bad reviews, it might be telling you something. A bunch of bad reviews might mean that you need to polish your skills, take time to type better, or sorry to say, do something different. A bad rating from time to time is authentic. If you are getting all bad ratings, then you need to change something.
Hang out with people who are a level up from you, get a mentor, or join a mastermind.
I cannot tell you how much I have learned over the last few years by participating in some great online courses, like the Sparkling Biz Academy, The Conquer Club, and BSchool. So. Much. Good. Stuff. And the people I’ve met??? Phenomenal!
When you are working on building your business, it’s a great idea to join a group of people who are also working on building their own businesses, along with hiring a mentor who can look after your specific needs and keep you motivated. The conversations you’ll have and support you’ll receive go a loooong way in helping you learn the ropes, discover tips and tricks and go from zero to 60 in a way shorter time than it would take if you did it all by yourself.
And last, but not least…
Set your spiritual business up as a business from the start.
My sweet Lamb, your business IS a business, so let it be just that. Businesses earn money – they function to profit. Businesses have business hours, products or services, payment options, savings for paying taxes, organized receipts, business accounts, separate cash flows from personal finances, etc.
You want to realize this from the get-go so that you set things up properly. Let me tell you, I got whopped with a $2K tax bill that I am making payments on because I didn’t put the money aside to pay my taxes. It happens.
It’s just best to be organized, keep good records (and your receipts), charge money, and start learning the biz stuff from the get-go. It will help you create good habits right from the start and also avoid costly and stressful mistakes down the road.
Ultimately, even though there is a lot to keep in mind, running a spiritual business can be fun and rewarding. I just shared my experiences with you all to give you tips about what I’ve discovered while running my spiritual business.
Do you have a tip to share with us? Please feel free to comment and let us know what your best advice about starting up a spiritual business or a tarot business.