BETTER CASH FLOW is one of the main reasons why entrepreneurs eagerly take my vendor courses. When small business owners need more money, they’re often desperate to quickly learn skills for selling 3 to 5 times more product. The dilemma, or catch 22, is when there isn’t enough money in the bank to pay for the education. Ironically, everybody can afford our tuition fees here at Inspirit Arts Academy, and by the end of this blog, you'll understand why and how.
Some people get really surprised when I don’t give them scholarships. It seems out of sync with my obvious generous and non-materialistic nature. I have a long humanitarian history of offering compassionate commerce solutions to support needy people. My work with artisans in developing countries shows me what REAL need looks like. The last thing I want to do is impoverish a cash poor American, by labeling them a charity case, who is not capable of compensating me fairly for my classes. Cash poor people don’t need charity. They simply need opportunities to cash in their talents and prove their resourcefulness.
THE REASON WHY I insist on being paid fairly for my educational products, is because
- I accept many forms of currency and recognize alternative resources as wealth.
- I understand the spiritual dynamics of reciprocation and circulation of resources.
- I don’t want to deny anybody an opportunity to express their non-monetary abundance, problem solving abilities, talents and creative resources.
MONEY IS A HOLDING DEVICE FOR TALENT. The more someone develops their skills and talents, the more products or services they can exchange for money. For example, Inspirit Arts Vendor Academy can charge students, because I started developing my vending and teaching abilities over 30 years ago. Since my business activity revolves around teaching vendors profitable ways to make a living, my income level is a direct expression of how talented I am at reaching my goal. In other words, my abundance grows in proportion to the number of students I help become successful vendors. If I don’t have enough money, then I need to develop more talents and abilities, perhaps in marketing, to address the deficit. When I have enough money and go out spending it, in essence, I'm handing over my talent that was converted and stored as currency. Simply said, talents are circulated in the form of money.
HAVING GOOD IDEAS FOR MAKING MONEY is quite typical of all entrepreneurs. Unfortunately ideas can’t be deposited into the bank. Fortunately, however, optimism and creative thinking are powerful resources that don’t cost anything. Besides learning and developing talents, sometimes getting more money is just a matter of taking action and applying more effort to convert whatever is readily available into cash. It’s an invigorating experience to recycle or sell something you don’t need, to get money for something you really want. I remind myself not to rob people of that empowering experience when they come asking for scholarships.
WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT US. Inspirit Arts has programs that pay commissions to apprentices, micro franchisers, meetup hosts, and sales reps who promote our products and classes. They get priority treatment because they bring a wealth of energy to our programs. The only qualification needed is getting involved. Once they show some dedication, Inspirit Arts accepts alternative forms of payment, and bartering for talents that normally cost cash (such as landscaping, coaching, computer work, odd jobs, graphic design, photography and more). Ironically, some people who ask for freebies are not interested in reciprocating. They simply want to consume my talents without compensating me fairly.
RECIPROCATION IS SO IMPORTANT that ancient Egyptian Kemetic philosophy associates the Maat principle of reciprocity to foundation of order, balance, truth, balance, harmony and justice in the universe. Every religion known to mankind has a version of The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Karma has become a household word, however it is often wrongly interpreted. Karma simply means ‘cause and effect’. From a physicists point of view, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” according to Newton. Even without understanding the underlying scientific and spiritual principles, most people would agree, through everyday observation, that “what goes around, comes around”.
I invite entrepreneurs to take a moment to apply this common knowledge to their own situations.
- Don’t ask others for freebies unless you would have others ask freebies from you.
- Don’t be slow to pay others unless you would have others be slow to pay you too.
Get the message. How you pay, is how you receive. The universe reflects your actions back.
THE PLIGHT OF CASH POOR STUDENTS is that even if I give classes free without reciprocation, they are still not off the hook. The universe is always in integrity, and seeks balance in one way or another. What you take without paying for, will eventually be taken from you. It’s wiser to pay upfront, pay it back, or pay it forward. That's the way of Maat.
I DON'T FEED POVERTY CONSCIOUSNESS and false beliefs that a person can’t pay. I’ve noticed that 99% of people who say they can’t pay, in reality aren’t willing to make the effort because they just don’t want to hand over their hard earned cash. Is bartering time and talent any different than paying with cash or credit? Whenever paying is a priority, I know it doesn’t take much time or creative effort to find a way.
PAYMENT PLANS TO 'BUY NOW PAY LATER' are a helpful way for eager and optimistic students to start learning right away. I'm confident that when anybody puts a 50% deposit down on our Headwrap Business Start-Up Packages, they can easily pay the balance if they also join our Customer Coaching Community to learn The Headwrap Vendor Method. Any student who makes an effort, will probably recoup their investment in just a few days of practicing head wrap styling skills on their friends and family. I'll show you how.
I hope this blog explained why instead of giving charity, we benefit students more by acknowledging their ability to pay through talents and resourcefullness. That's why we offer programs that are more honorable, more empowering, and better karma.
Feel free to contact me for guidance.
Sylvia NebSa Harmon