Show Notes122: Better Business Boundaries Will Help You Love Your Life Again... I Promise
How could women say “No” to their clients?
We have so much trouble setting our boundaries. Because we believe that we don’t have a choice, we want to be accommodating and nice.
If you are starting or restarting your business, the first step to your future success is to set boundaries.
Boundaries give you back your confidence in your business, reduce 90% of your stress, and help you go bouncing through your workday.
02:26- 02:44 If you’ve had enough of taking on everyone else’s problems, you need boundaries. Boundaries give you back your confidence in your business, reduce 90% of your stress, and help you go bouncing through your workday.
Why do women in particular have so much trouble setting boundaries around their time, money, and energy?
03:11- 03:37 We believe we have no choice, we want to be accommodating and nice because women play nice, helping women should be free, we want people to like us.
03:41- 04:01 When you really get this lesson, you’ll see that having strong boundaries is actually the most loving and respectful thing you can do and one that will attract a better quality of life, the better quality of clients, friends, and other people into your life.
Boundaries around your time is key
04:11- 04:47 When I first started in my business, I would coach people at 5 am. Sometimes early. It sucked big time and I wasn’t present with my clients or happy getting up at dawn. It made me grumpy and sleepy for the rest of the day. Why did I do it? Because I thought that if I said no to my international clients, they wouldn’t book with me again. I wanted to be accommodating, even if it affected my quality of life.
You decide when you want to work
05:40- 06:27 You decide when you want to work. Do you want to do evenings and weekends or not? As for me I only do coaching clients on Mondays to Thursdays. Weekends are only by request and whether I want to do it or not. What’s the earliest or latest you’re happiest with working? When do you work best? Can you take off a whole day completely from client work? It’s okay to have your business be exactly the way you want it. There are more than enough clients out there for you.
Create a new policy and inform your clients about it
07:06- 07:45 Create a new policy and inform your clients about it. Just make a simple announcement on your website or newsletter. Like for example, “From 1st May, opening hours are X Y Z.” No apologies or over-explaining because it’s your business after-all and no need to beg for understanding. Just give them notice anything up to a month is fine and that’s the end of it. Remember, people make time for dentist and doctor appointments even lawyers. You don’t have to be super convenient for anyone and everyone.
Enforce the new boundary
08:15- 08:47 Enforce the new boundary. People will try and push the new boundary, “Can you make an exception for me, please?“. Trust me. It will happen within 24 hours of you mentally and emotionally making the decision. I bet you to your last dollar. And seriously, the first time you enforce this, you’ll feel like the biggest bitch in the world, but stick to it because you’ll feel amazing.
10:01- 10:22 So then, what about money boundaries? Money blocks and boundary problems are so common for female entrepreneurs and it can really destroy your business. Are you suffering from:
- Clients not paying
- Discounting clients
- Installments not paid
- Bartering or working for free
- Not earning what you think you’re worth?
- Decide when you want to work.
- Create a new policy.
- Inform your clients.
- Enforce the new boundaries.
- Boundaries around your time.
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