Pay Yourself First

The Secret to a Sustainable Business, Part 1

How much are you paying yourself? If you’re like most early stage entrepreneurs, the answer is not very much. Most people starting a business feel they can delay paying themselves, often never making enough to take a real salary. According to a Columbia Business School report, only 20% of women-owned firms have revenues in excess of $50,000.

Your time, work and talent are worth far more that what you’re paying out. With all the expenses that come with building a business, it’s understandable if you’re tempted to put your needs last. But your business will only grow as much as you do – and that includes your personal bank account.

So how do you overcome penny-pinching your payroll? We’ve created a worksheet to help you shift your mindset.

Download: How Paying Yourself Will Help Your Business Grow

To get some ideas about founders’ salaries, check out this informative salary chart we found.

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