Saying no may feel like the wrong thing to do when you're a small business owner just starting out but it is the total opposite. I found the graphic above on Pinterest a while back and it really stuck with me. I have always been a "YES" girl which has helped me get to where I am today but at this point in my journey, saying yes might be more detrimental than good.
What do I mean by that? Let me give you an example. I have a total of 7 clients that I do social media marketing for. Right now, with my part-time job, my business, my side gigs and having a social life, I....AM.....SWAMPED. I went to my first BNI meeting yesterday morning and I received 5 -7 business cards from people who really want to work with me and use my services, I know I am too busy to take on new clients but I am always looking to expand my horizons and make some extra dough, of course.
This is an instance of finding the beauty in saying no.
What I should do is prioritize my projects (whats important and what makes the most money as well as what I actually enjoy doing) and then feel free to say no to the other projects; you don't need to be involved in everything thrown your way. Being able to say no is going to help you gain control over your destiny and help you focus in on what you really want to do in life.
If you get what I am laying down, ask yourself these questions before adding any new projects to your busy schedule:
1) Will this project make me more stressed and take more time away from everything else?
2) Do I enjoy doing this type of project?
3) Will this project benefit me in the future?
4) Can I make a profit off this project that will allow me to give up another lower budget project?
These questions will give you insight on what projects are worth it and what projects can be put on the back burner. You may be a business owner but you're no miracle worker so cut yourself some slack, say NO when necessary and live your best life!
-The Blonde Boss xo