In my years of being a business coach and supporting women entrepreneurs in creating financial success in their lives I’ve noticed that women entrepreneurs tend to make the following 3 financial mistakes:

1. Maintaining the Status Quo

The first mistake is maintaining the status quo.  We tend to do the same thing we’ve always done and complain when we get the same results.  Dan Kennedy, consultant to millionaires says the following about predicting personal income:

“In one years time I can tell you how much money you’ll have, if you’ll provide me with the following information:

  1. The balance in your bank account today.
  2. An analysis of how you spend your time in an average week.
  3. A list of the books and recordings you’ve read and listened to in the last month.
  4. Some information about the five people you hang out with most.

For 90% of us the answer is ‘the same.’ In one years time you will have the same amount of money that you have in your bank account today.”

I share this story to inspire you.  Whether you have debt or not, do you want to do more than just maintain your current financial state?  If so, then it’s important to take action and expose yourself to new ideas and concepts. Otherwise, why would you expect your financial situation to be any different one year from now?

2.  Inconsistent Actions

Women falsely believe that if they’ve made one really good financial move they’ve done enough.

For example, they open a retirement account and continue to invest the same amount year after year without re-evaluating, or they start an emergency savings account and put just a small one-time lump sum of money in it.

Or when it comes to marketing and their efforts fail to produce their ideal results they begin to doubt themselves and think that it’s not possible to build a successful business.

I teach women entrepreneurs that the secret to making consistent progress lies in taking bite-size steps towards financial success.

Focus on Progress Not Perfection.  Regardless of your financial situation the important thing is to make consistent progress.  As long as you’re doing this then you are moving in the right direction.

3. Not Working as a Team With Their Spouse When It Comes to Money
You have to work as a team with your spouse in order to truly be financially successful.  The goal is to create financial success in your business AND your personal finances.

Many couples believe their “systems” work fine.  I often hear, “Oh, we’re fine!  I pay the bills and my wife balances the checkbook.”

Well, I’m glad everything is “just fine”, I think to myself.  But how much of your system is based on mutual discussion and working together as a cohesive financial team?

If you aren’t working on your finances as a team, you’re missing out on a connecting and life-changing process.

For people not in a relationship this concept can also be applied on an individual level; are you working as a “team” with yourself?

Are you supportive, positive and taking consistent steps to improve your finances? Notice your internal mindset and belief systems.  Do you feel pessimistic or optimistic when it comes to improving your finances?  Remember, financial success begins within.

I often say, “start small, grow tall.”  That means taking small action steps to begin making improvements in these areas.  By taking bite-size action steps in these 3 areas you can begin to create financial success in both your business AND your life!

Author's Bio: 

Leslie Cunningham specializes in working with women entrepreneurs who experience fear and self-doubt in their ability to consistently make more money in their business. The end result that women achieve through following Leslie's advice and expertise is that they are able to permanently get off the emotional financial roller coaster ride and break into six-figures and beyond.