When you’re the boss, it’s equally gratifying and terrifying. Bringing business in is entirely your domain when you’re the one in charge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little help.
In fact, many entrepreneurs can use the Chinese “secret weapon” to help them be more effective and profitable. That secret weapon? It’s feng shui and can become one of your secret entrepreneurial weapons.
When everything is up to you – from filing to financials – it certainly isn’t going to hurt you. What’s more, if feng shui can help make you be more comfortable in your office, attract more clients, and in short, improve your bottom lines, how can it hurt? Here are some tips for entrepreneurs that can help improve the feng shui in your office.
Feng Shui Tip #1: Make money the priority
Too often it’s easy to be distracted by emails, tweets, and other details, that when it comes to managing money, it’s often the last thing attended to. But don’t. Make sure that money – whether being made or being paid – is always at the front of the line on your to-do list every day. This is called protective feng shui because taking care of money matters protects your business.
Feng Shui Tip #2: Create an image
Your office represents you and your business. Make sure it’s professional looking and that your desk says “executive.” Resist the urge to go on the cheap with your office chair, artwork, and accessories that look like a real business. When your office says “business” it’s easier to feel more serious.
Feng Shui Tip #3: Keep the area in front of your desk clear
This is an important concept on feng shui. It means that when the way in front of you is clear, there are no impediments to your success. So, avoid pushing your desk against a wall and keep it out in the center of the room, where energy can gather and build momentum for you.
Feng Shui Tip #4: Set your sights high
Whether your office is a spare bedroom or in an office building, adding artwork or signage on the wall with your business name is a great way to raise your sights. Never, ever placemats with your company name on the floor because it means others will “walk on your good name.” If you’re just getting started, frame your logo and hang it on the wall to keep you inspired.
Feng Shui Tip #5: Make communication easy
Sales come connections. The more you can connect with others, whether that’s through Skype, a 1-800 number, Twitter, and Facebook, the better. And, usually, the more the communication, the more sales.
Feng Shui Tip #6: Feng shui your business card
Instead of having a business card that’s horizontal, print yours on the vertical. The vertical positioning looks like a growing rather than a fallen tree, and that’s good feng shui because you want your business to grow! Make sure you have all your points on contact on your business card too and use the backside as well.
Feng Shui Tip #7: Avoid interruptions
It takes 500% more energy to work on a project that has frequent interruptions than to work on it without interruptions. Disruptions represent the interruption of the flow of energy, and that’s not good feng shui. If the production of content or work is dependent on your skills, the more important it is to stop interruptions so you can produce your work. Many entrepreneurs are trapped responding to calls and emails and their work slips. Turn off email chimes and notifications, turn your phone to buzz and then concentrate fully on your task at hand.