Most recently, project budgets have been the reasons why we’ve turned down a few projects. We’ve recently raised our rates, which is completely overdue, and it’s been great to sort of have control over which projects to take on. These are extremely excellent points Melissa! Great post. 🙂
Ooo that’s a very good reason I should add to my list! Money is a very important factor, especially when you have to pass a project because the client can’t afford it and your schedule is too busy to make an exception. Thanks Angel!
Hilarious Melissa: “Unless your duties for this project include sitting around and smiling…” I think time is my biggest struggle. I am a “business person” in so many ways that I forget my creative side can come in and take over. It’s the side that wants to take on at least 80% of the projects that are presented to me or that I create in my head.
A trusted friend recently told me that I needed to stop creating and start marketing/promoting everything I’ve already created. And I think that’s the thing for a lot of us. Make sure you’re continually getting value from everything you’ve put your hard work into. If it’s a book, keep marketing it. If it’s a workshop, keep connecting with new people that may want to attend. If it’s a client project, display it prominently in your portfolio and continue to add value to that client so they’ll recommend you to others or come back for more.
Your post is great food for thought! (just realized I have no idea where that phrase comes from)
Thanks for your words of wisdom.
Hey Regina!! Sorry for the late reply (damn Disqus has been going into my spam), but I really like your point on promoting work you’ve already done. It’s a cycle, and can take time, but it’s great to step back and refresh your business a bit. Thanks for chiming in!
Agreed, Melissa. I can definitely relate with #3: Creativity at stake. In the past year, I’ve declined or ‘broke up’ with my client for the very same reasons you mentioned — that time is precious and it is not about money. In fact, the client was willing to pay me more but in the end, I was not happy with the progress that was not accelerating. Time, talent, (and money) were all wasted because instead of moving ahead, we had unnecessary revisits. I say ‘unnecessary’ to point out the difference between time-wasters vs necessary revisits (aka productive, meaningful re-evaluations that improve projects.)
Today, I find myself needing to constantly keep up with the amount of inquiries and new connections/opportunities. It is fun but quite a distraction. Learning to say ‘No’ does not mean ‘Never.’ It simply means ‘not right now but perhaps in the future.’ Being realistic with our time and being up front and honest with clients is the way to go!
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