Shitty Clients

Shitty Business Clients

We’ve all had shitty clients. You now, the ones where they moan at just about everything, always on the phone/email about something or another and the ones that don’t pay on time! Most of us have had clients like these, especially in the beginning of business when we’re starting out and will take on every client we can get our hands on. shitty clients

Set Your Boundaries

Setting boundaries with all clients is a must, not just with the shitty clients. You do NOT have to be available 24 hours a day. You do not need to reply to their message/email at 10pm (in fact, stop checking your emails after 6PM) and set deadlines with them. Some will tell you it’s good customer service to be available constantly, I personally strongly disagree with this.

In my line of work, I often need clients to send me information. Here’s an example. If I take on a new client who wants me to create content for their Facebook Page, I’ll need content ideas from them or their favourite quotes. I put it all in an email and ask for X,Y,Z information by such and such a date. I also get payment up front. That’s a standard with me. No excuses, I want to be paid before I put many hours into my work for them.

Fire Shitty Clients

Oh yes you can. You can fire those shitty clients once your business grows. I’ve done it once and boy did it feel invigorating. I also stopped working with a client a few months ago who said I wasn’t fulfilling my end of the bargain with content. Why am I telling you this? Simple, because they were incorrect.

Here’s what really happened: They said I had made errors (yes there was one post with errors, I admit it, I made an error) I’m human, it happens. Then they said I wasn’t providing them with the content they wanted. THEY DIDN’T send me the content I asked for! That’s what really happened. Despite asking for it some 5 times, they sent me 2 damn quotes in 5 weeks! It was a joke. I was happy to not work with these people anymore. The joke was, they apparently empowered women – it was total bullshit. Oh and did I mention – I grew their stats by a whopping 3000%!!! And they say I wasn’t doing well? Stats don’t lie!!

IF you have to have shitty clients to get the bills paid, at least set the boundaries ladies and gents.

Taking a Break and Why It’s Healthy To Stop

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Taking a Break

As a business person, it’s not always easy to switch off, you feel you have to be constantly on the go. You may even feel you can’t take a break. Question, why did you become self employed? Surely part of the reason was the freedom? But if you’re working 50 hours a week, what was the point? Yeah yeah, doing what you love and all that. Personally, if you’re not taking a break often and grabbing a couple of holidays abroad a year, I don’t see the point. I say this whilst I am currently abroad in Tenerife. This is scheduled and right about now I should be by the pool 🙂

I probably worked on my corset business 50+ hours a week for years, until I burnt out and became ill. Would I do it again? NO. I have learned from my mistakes and I’ve also learned what works for me in both businesses. I have become extremely good at time management. Is this something that resonates with you?

Taking a Break is healthy

I see/hear this a lot, ‘i don’t remember the last time I spent a day doing nothing’ ‘I don’t remember the last time I sat with my partner and watched a film because I work every evening, but they understand’ Bullshit! They may understand now, but will they in a year? I’m telling you the likelihood is no.

I did this with my children a LOT! It stopped over a year ago and I have never looked back. I don’t pull long nights any more, I have learned to switch off and I sleep better for it. On holidays the deal is I check my phone in the morning before breakfast and answer all comments/messages etc, then again in the evening before dinner. But in-between I am present all day and having fun. They understand I have to be online to keep things ticking over, but I also understand I want to be present for my children. So that’s the agreement we have and it works very very well. Don’t get me wrong, I may spend half an hour to an hour online after they’ve gone to bed, but they’re asleep then and don’t know I was online. Often I don’t bother, because I’m so relaxed on holiday I don’t even want to work. I most often just read.

I have worked the odd night at home when I am passionate about a project, but the main reason I work the odd evening? To stop me from snacking! Yes it’s true. Over the last year I have managed to lose 15lbs and the only way to keep it off is to stop the constant snacking. So I work – I never seem to snack when I work.

Will you at least try to take a break?

Will you try taking a break too? It’s not easy I know, you have to programme your mind to do it. When all you’re used to is working, switching off is hard. You experience a physical and emotional need to pick up your phone or get your laptop out. BUT it can be done. I was an utter workaholic and look where I am now? So laid back with these things I could almost fall over!

Start by just taking an hour off. Tell yourself what day you’re going to schedule it in if that helps. I found this didn’t work for me. I wanted to have a complete break from being online one evening a week, but scheduling it in felt like pressure to me. Instead, I simply switch off earlier some evenings and just watch TV or occasionally read in bed all evening.

Do you think you can manage this? I URGE you to look after your own health and look after your relationships with your loved one and children. Make time, because you won’t get this time back.

Monday Morning Motivation

Monday Morning Motivation

My Monday motivation is brought to you directly from my sofa today. I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I only have 10 minutes and then have to make the children their breakfast.

Monday morning – you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I love it. Now don’t get it twisted, I’m not a morning kinda person, but I love the promise of a new week. 5 working days to really knuckle down and get shit done. A Monday morning is a fresh start. own the hell out of it.

What’s on my list this Monday morning

I’ve kept my list pretty simple today.

  • Write this blog post
  • Create a new contract for a client
  • Create and finish a sales page for a client
  • Send an email shot out to my corset business audience
  • Read some more of ‘Crushing It’
  • Try a new workout today

I know more things will get done than what’s on my list, because that’s how I roll. However, THESE are the tasks I definitely want completed today, so I will ensure I work through it. monday morning motivation

What’s on your list?

You can make your lists as simple or complicated as you like. That’s completely up to you. But if you’re trying to get organised and getting used to lists, try starting with just 3 things. This will help you start small and you’ll be less likely to fail at it.

Right, I’d better stop – breakfast won’t make itself and I have packed lunches to make too.

Monday Morning – OWN IT!!! Terrible sorry if there are typo’s in this post, I wanted to get it published and start as I mean to go on today – ON It!

Why Entrepreneurs Give Up

Why Do Entrepreneurs Give Up?

Entrepreneurs – A word so many use just because they set up their own business. I personally do not believe an entrepreneur is someone who owns a business, it’s someone who is making a difference and succeeding with their business on some level. Anyone can be a business owner, not everyone can be an entrepreneur. True entreprenuers are a special breed.

What reasons do entrepreneurs give up?

successful-women  There are many reasons why people decide to set up on their own. They have a dream and a vision of the life they want to lead and the people they want to help. However, being an entrepreneur is HARD WORK! Not everyone has it in them to stay the course and that’s when people start giving up. In my experience is they give up 6-12 months in. That’s so early in the game, but they don’t know that.

I have been reading Gary V’s recent book ‘Crushing It’ and I just finished up reading a chapter that was about people giving up on their entrepreneurial journey. Here are some the reasons he says he has found people give up (I bet some of you can relate to them too) The entrepreneurs in Gary’s book are super inspirational. Buy the book, you won’t regret it.

Excuses Excuses…

  • I don’t have the money
  • I don’t have the time
  • My family is holding me back
  • I have an idea for an app but I don’t know how to code
  • I have a full-time job
  • I’ve got kids (seriously, don’t we all)
  • My parents don’t get it (it’s true, my parents generation don’t, but that doesn’t stop some of us)
  • I don’t have the right equipement
  • Only a few people are reading what I have to say
  • I’m too old

Blah Blah Blah….. Excuses are excuses – end of discussion. I built my first business with 2 babies under 2, in a marriage that I was unhappy in and only his income coming in. I worked till midnight most nights and when the children napped. It was all a blaze of tiredness and mayhem. Somehow in the midst of all this, I still cleaned the house and cooked a meal every day. That is all a blur – I don’t know how I did it. I’m not saying you have to keep on top of it all, it was just something that was important to me and helped me feel in control.

Then I left the husband. I still worked all the hours, put the children in part time nursery and grew the hell out of my business! I didn’t use excuses that I was a single mum who got NO help from family. Basically I cracked on and didn’t let the world beat me down. SHIT GOT DONE! This picture below is when I was tired beyond belief, but I carried on.

Conclusion… entrepreneurs successful women

Here’s how I’m going to end this blog post. You will either give up OR you put the hours in and work your butt off. Ask for help when you need it, read all the books and don’t find excuses not to succeed.

Your WHY should be strong enough to keep you going. My why was that I wanted to be mum who would do the school runs, who could attend assemblies, sports days and all the other millions of school activities these schools put on on a regular basis. I wanted to be able to cook my children a proper meal every night and not rely on fast food regularly. THAT was important to me.

Don’t get me wrong, once a week we have pizza and sit down early to hang out and watch something together. Because spending time with them is important. My children are now 9 and 8 and it’s easier as a single mum now. They don’t need me constantly. I am still growing my business and have evolved into different areas now.

You can have this too.