Saying “No” Helps You Focus Your Services

As a full-time CEO and a part time writer, I have a lot of business on my plate, especially when it comes to writing. When it comes to writing, I could accept any number of projects, but when push comes to shove, it only makes sense to pick projects that interest me, that pay well, and that will help me build my career. It’s true that any number of people, at any time, might be knocking on my door and asking me to write for them, but it only makes sense to say yes if it helps me grow my business, or develop further personally or professionally. As a full-time CEO, most of my time is sucked away with my full-time business, so when it comes to writing, I only say yes to projects that really fall in line with my writing goals.b0f12f0f-9cc2-4058-ae64-b27af9a1090c-original

The same goes for you and your business. You’ll be surprised at how many services people will ask you to provide when they are happy with one service you have already provided them, but if it doesn’t fall in line with the kind of business you do, it will often end up sucking your time, and not paying off in the long run. Stick to what you know, and what you’re good at, and as you say “no,” you will be able to continually focus and fine-tune your services.

Make More Money And Save Time

Another reason to develop the habit of saying “no” when it’s appropriate is that it helps you make more money and save time. For example, you know exactly how many projects you can balance, how much time each project will take, and a quick cost analysis will tell you which projects make sense when divided up into an hourly, and which projects do not. If a project is going to suck so much time that you end up getting paid less than minimum wage for the hours put in to the project, it’s worth it to say no and accept a project bid that makes more financial sense.

Say No When You Don’t Have A Contract

Another time saying “no” will help you in business is when you don’t have a contract, or when the company hiring you is being weird about payment agreements. If you don’t feel comfortable that you will be compensated appropriately, or don’t trust the company you are doing business with, don’t be afraid to tell them no, and to put your time and energy into working for someone who is willing to sign a contract, and/or pay upfront.

What are some other times YOU think you should say “no” to business?

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