I’m a big believer in the importance of business retreats, especially if you work from home or in the online world where video calls are the most interaction you get with your clients and colleagues.
It is so important to mesh your energy, get out with people of like-mind that will support you, expand what you think is possible, and become new collaborators. The list of reasons goes on and on and on. I actually recommend attending at least 3 live events a year, which i talked about in episode 93: 3 Types of Events That Will Skyrocket Your Business.
A mindset event was the first major event I attended and it was mindblowing. I couldn’t believe the way that it opened up my awareness of what was possible. Mindset events give you permission to try things and go after the things that you are passionate and inspired to do. The people you meet at mindset events make you feel like you aren’t doing it alone.
As with all things in business, one of the biggest hurdles holds you back. I hear it all the time.
“I don’t know if I can afford it.”
You can! Today, I’m going to show you all of the ways that you can save money on your business retreats and conferences.
IN THIS EPISODE
I want to be completely transparent about what you can expect from this episode. Everything I’m going to tell you will depend on location. Ticket prices, transportation, and hotel are going to vary.
The good news is that every single thing I’m about to share with you is a business write off.
Save Money on the Event Price
The price to attend an event will generally vary between $200-$1000. There are events that will be more, but I would say to expect this range.
The first way to save money is to check out early bird. If you are thinking about an event commit to going and buy early so that you aren’t paying full price.
Another way is to barter. Do you have a skill that might be of benefit at the event? You could facilitate, donate a service, or even sponsor it somehow. The best way to find this out is to contact the event coordinator. It never hurts to ask.
Large events usually have leadership/support teams that do set-up, check-ins and more. See if you can work the event. You might have to stay longer hours, but it’s a great way to save money.
Save Money on Getting to the Event
The most common ways to attend an event is through airplane, Greyhound, or Amtrak.
Check discount sites, like Airfare Watch Dogs. Tuedays tend to be the best day to buy an airline ticket
If you live in a major metropolitan and you are going to another major, you can also fly standby for free. Just remember to give yourself a little bit of extra time, go early, and bring a good book, like the Mindset Switch.
Save Money on Lodging
The best way to save money is to room with somebody. Get into the conference Facebook group or post on the coordinator’s event pages to start getting to know people prior to the event. People always want to share a room. Some of my greatest business relationships come from rooming with somebody i didn’t know.
You can even take it a step further by booking an AirBnB with a group. Here you’ll have a kitchen to save money on food, even.
Save Money on Food
Often at an event, some of the meals are provided. At the Profit Party Retreat we are providing lunch both days.
For all of the other meals, I would recommend budgeting $20 – $30 for every meal that you have to eat out.
When you arrive at your hotel or AirBnB, it’s a great idea to go to the grocery store and grab things to munch on for breakfast. One great meal to enjoy at a hotel is oatmeal. You can put one of the oatmeal packs into a cup and run the coffee pot with no coffee.
For the meals that you have to eat out or want to for networking, check out the specials for nearby restaurants – Happy Hour, Taco Tuesday, etc
Save Money on Event Transportation
I always prefer to Uber instead of renting a car. You can even save money on transportation by sharing a car with someone who is arriving at the same time as you. Post in the Facebook group and find out.
The bottom line is if your vibe is aligned with making it happen, the Universe will move mountains.
The first event I went to, I was terrified because I didn’t have the money to do it. When I added the ticket to my cart the mouse was hovering over the buy button and I was freaking out. But I did it. It all worked out. I manifested the money and ended up going.
Let’s Chat More
Head on over to the Facebook Group and feel free to ask any questions you have about budgeting or writing things off for an event!
- 13:20 Manifesting works after you decide. You don’t manifest from a place of hope. You manifest from a place of positive expectation.
- 13:40 Your step to meet the universe halfway is simply deciding and committing.
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