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Monica Shah
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I'm Monica Shah, founder and CEO of Revenue Breakthrough, business professor at LIM college in New York City, and business mentor for female business owners of service businesses. Today, Ideal Balance is a growing company with three coaches, assistants and even an advisory board.

But it wasn't always that way.  Even though I have my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, I found that being an entrepreneur was extremely difficult at first.  The long days of being alone (especially after busy corporate offices), struggling with an inconsistent cash flow, finding new clients, managing clients and running a business was a struggle.

But I was determined to make my service business fly - I was and still am totally committed to creating a business that makes a positive impact on the world and will continue that impact even when I'm not here - and living a high quality, abundant lifestyle at the same time.

So I learned everything I possibly could about small businesses from business workshops, countless teleclasses, and tons of business books.

All of that learning was great. It gave me a solid foundation.

But there was always something fundamentally missing and it took me a long time to figure it out. All of these business-training programs that talked about pushing and fighting your way forward were created and/or taught by people who didn't understand my own perspectives. They were amazing teachers, but ones who believed in competition and scarcity and manipulation. And many of them were men.

Finally I realized what I wanted. I wanted a life that was balanced between work and play. I wanted the freedom to think about creating a family and having my company at the same time. I wanted to attract business, to literally pull my clients toward me. I wanted to ride the structure I had created on the days that I was emotional or moody and not feel like I had to push my feelings away.

I recognized my uniqueness as a female business owner and I wanted to celebrate it. I wanted to operate from a place of abundance and cooperation, not scarcity and competition, because I knew that more options were available than what they told me in Business School.

So I started all over, from scratch.

I created a solid foundation: a clear vision both personal and professional, a three year plan and a daily action plan. I also learned the tools I needed to keep myself productive day in and day out and take care of my health and personal life as a female business owner. And it paid off.

My company is now four years old, has three divisions and is on track to make six figures this year. And I haven’t had to sacrifice my friends, my family or myself in the process

And now, I've started a new path - helping female service business owners take their businesses to the next level, crossing the $100,000 mark in 12 months or less, without compromising their lifestyles and while celebrating their unique identity as female business owners.  My company, profit and balance is all about just that, finding a peaceful balanced path towards ultimate business success.

I'm so grateful for having the honor of helping other women shorten their learning curve and create businesses that truly support their dream lifestyles.

Blog Posts by Monica Shah

How to Stop Being Weighed Down by Money
Why Is This Happening to Me?
What Is Your Money Story?
Warm Garlic Knots
Shaking Out The Sluggishness
How Will You Make This Year Different?
Getting Through the Hard Times – Knowing Your Why
What Are You Focusing On?
How To Take a Vacation and Feel Rested Afterwards
How To Motivate Yourself – Even on the Off Days
The Story Of A Japanese Spa
Just Turn It Off
What I Learned From Being On Stage For 3 Days (This Might Surprise You)
Your Fear Isn’t Going Away
Dancing in the Darkness – Embracing The Uncertainty of Being an Entrepreneur
What’s The Key To Breakthrough Results?
These 3 Actions Will Make You Rich
Your House Is On Fire
Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect. Ever.
How Do You Get It All Done?
Please Don’t Copy Me
Million-Dollar Organization Tip
20 Feet From Stardom
Being Grateful: How To Stop Beating Yourself Up.
Need Some Holiday Cash – How to Do a Holiday Sale
Getting Through the Hard Times – Knowing Your Why
Have You Started Planning For 2014?
What To Do When it All Seems Too Hard
What Are You Focusing On?
Overworked and Underpaid – How to Have a Life as an Entrepreneur
So When Exactly Should My Business Be Profitable?
What Do You Do When You Are Disappointed?
My Referral Partners Aren’t Referring!
Are You Standing On The Edge Of The Pool?
I’m Over It: How a Little bit of Patience can Lead to a Lot of Success
What Really Happens In Your First Year of Business
Lessons From My Mom
A Tribute to My Mom
What Is Your Money Story?
The Final Two Minutes – How to Play Full Out in Your Business
The Hardest Thing in the World
Why Snowstorms Are A Good Business Strategy
How a Jellyfish Can Make All the Difference – Finding the Courage to Try Again
She’s Better Than You – What to do When it Feels Like You Just Aren’t Good Enough
Two Lessons From My 8-Year Old Niece
What Are You Focusing On? The Secret to Success
Numbers That Might Make You R.I.C.H In 2013
The Essential Ingredient To Success
Essential Steps to Take Before You Speak – Check Your Space
Focus On Projects To Bring in Revenue and Balance
Talking Yourself Off the Ledge – Four Statements That Make All the Difference
Do You Plan By Projects Or Hours?
Here’s Why You Aren’t Selling More –It’s Cause You Are Counting Chickens
Business is a Language That Every Entrepreneur Needs To Learn
The Secret Behind Power and Success – Saying Yes
Who Are You Taking Advice (or Compliments) From? – Three Steps to Finding Great Advice
Dealing with Fear – Three Steps to Being Courageous In Your Business
Get a Plan
Dancing in the Darkness – Embracing The Uncertainty of Being an Entrepreneur
Why Is It So Hard in the Beginning?
The Simple Secret to Setting Revenue Goals and Achieving Them
The C.A.S.H is in the Collaboration
How Are You Ever Going To Get There?
Hiding Behind The Quest For Perfection – 3 Steps To Stop Focusing on Being Perfect and Start Putting Yourself Out There
You’re Not Bothering Them – Following Up In Your Business
Get Off the Roller Coaster – Creating Consistent Cash Flow In Your Business
Your House is On Fire Now: Taking Your Business Seriously from Day One
How To Stop Judging Yourself and Start Making Quantum Leaps in Your Business
Quieting the Clappers: The Number One Revenue Generating Strategy – Focus and Follow-Through
3 Surefire Ways to Make Fast Cash in Your Business
Learn From the FireMan – Be Clear about What You Offer
Inspiration is Unpredictable – How to Keep the Ideas Flowing
VIP Intensive Days
Business is a Language That Every Entrepreneur Needs To Learn
How Cleaning Leads to Earning
I’ll Meet You in the Air – How to Get Over Your Fears
What To Do When They Start Drilling in the Middle of Your Calls
Is the Pressure Rising for You? Ways To Find Peace
Are You Leading a Double Life?
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How To Deal With Money Regrets and Bad Money Decisions
So When Exactly Should My Business Be Profitable?
Four Tips for Getting Speaking Events
How to Attract More Money Part 2 – Releasing the Shame
How to Attract More Money Part 1
How to Stop Hiding and Start Getting New Clients
Ten Places to Find New Clients
How to Hire a Great Team – Part 1
Three Steps To Managing Your Debt
Getting it Together: Three Steps to Getting Organized
The Power of Accountability
The Real Reason You are Procrastinating
Getting Your First or Next 10 Clients
Three Steps to Get Stuff Done – Even When You Don’t Want To
What Order Should You Spend That Moolah?
How to Inspire Success Every Single Day
Flying Can Lead To More Clients
Your Spouse and Your Business: 3 Tips To Harmony
Procrastination: Three Steps To Move Beyond It
Are You Ready To Have Networking Work For You?
How to Raise Your Prices and Get More Clients – Three Phases
ClockWatching – The Key To Getting The Right Things Done
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Taking Time Off – The Truth You’ll Wish You’d Known Earlier
Speaking Events that Sell – Two Tips to Success
Isolation is the Enemy of Wealth
Seven Key Questions To Picking The Best Coach For You
Making a Quantum Leap – Five Lessons That Will Help You Get There
It’s Not Personal, It’s Business
The Truth Will Get You Rich
It Just Never Seems Like Enough
Hiding Behind Perfection – 3 Steps To Stop Focusing on Being Perfect and Start Putting Yourself Out There
Sales Isn’t Annoying, It’s A Gift
Money Rules – Creating Rules that Work for You
Defining Fear
Credit Cards Declining? The Solution May Be Closer Than You Think
Change Your People – Transform Your Business
Three Steps to Break the Cycle of Perfectionism
Catching the Balloons – What To Do When You Have Too Many Ideas
The Power of Masterminding
The Essential Ingredient to Business Breakthroughs – Big Bold Action
Networking Not Working? Here’s Why
Stop The Confusion: Business Information Versus Business Strategy
Where Do You Stop? Learning Your Triggers and How to Get Around Them
8 Breakthrough Steps to Doubling or Quadrupling Your Income
The Final Two Minutes – How to Play Full Out in Your Business
Just Stop Comparing: Three Ways to Stop Being So Hard On Yourself
Don’t Let Debt Get You Down
Four Reasons Why Planning Doesn’t Seem to Work and How to Resolve Them
What To Do When Your Passion Has Become Your Prison – Three Steps to Ignite Your Dreams
Looking in the Mirror – What Are Clients Are Really Teaching Us
Will Making More Money Change Who You Are? How to Stop Repelling and Start Attracting More Money
How to Avoid the Business Blues – Creating Rewards and Celebrations
Is it Time for a Raise? – How to Generate, Save and Earn More
What Makes You Different? – Finding Your Angle
Avoiding the Money Fight – How to Talk to Your Partner About Money
It Wasn’t Always this Way – Building a Sustainable Business Takes Patience, Persistence and Commitment
Two Secrets to Filling Your Next Workshop
Brand For Today Not For Forever
Just Say No – 3 Steps to Creating Boundaries and Keeping Them
Feeling Desperate and Panicked About Money? – Three Steps to End the Desperation and Increase the Cash Flow
It’s Not Your Assistant’s Fault – Three Steps to Managing Your Team for Success, Every Time
Look to the Left. Look to the Right – How to Inspire Success Every Single Day
Need a Second Pair of Hands? – How to Find Your Next Assistant
You Have To Start With 10 No’s – Secrets To Following Up With Ease
Filling Smaller Glasses – The Reality of Getting More Done
The Fastest Way to Get Clients
There Is No Secret Sauce
How To Stop the “I’m Just Not Good Enough” Voice
How to Use Debt to Grow Your Business
You Just Can’t Skip Steps! The Exact Order In Which To Build Your Service Business
What To Do When Your Friends and Family Think You’re Crazy!
Avoiding the Hit or Miss in Your Business
These Numbers Might Just Make You R.I.C.H
Stop Trying to Make Decisions in the Dark!
Is It Time to Get a Real J.O.B?
3 Simple Ways to Fatten Your Bank Account
8 Breakthrough Steps to Crossing the Six-Figure Mark
Is It Time to Fire Yourself? Two Strategies to Bring the Business-Love Back
What I Learned from the King’s Speech – 4 Secrets to Creating Long-Term Client Relationships
Please Don’t Take That Next Course, Training or Certification Program – Before You Read This Article
Confidence is Earned, Not Learned – 3 Steps to Confident Marketing, Selling and Performing
Why Does It All Seem So Hard Sometimes? – 3 Steps to End the STRUGGLE
Money Loves Attention – 2 Strategies to Stop Worrying About Money and Start Attracting It
4 Strategies to Create Raving Clients and TONS of Referrals
My Three Ways to Make “Fast” Cash In Your Business
Putting More Cash In Your Pockets
The Top 5 Vital Qualities For Owners Of Recession Proof Businesses
Making Time Stop – Creating Peace Amidst the Madness
Are You Still Searching For The Fastest Current In Life?
Recession Proof Businesses – The Top 5 Vital Qualities For Owners Of Recession Proof Businesses
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