Setting Boundaries in Business
Setting boundaries in business is something i have found many businesses don’t learn until they might be a year or more into their business. It was the same for me in my previous corset business. I was available to everyone constantly. I was replying to emails and messages on Facebook at midnight… not good!
Things changed after i invested in a course years ago. It was a course to grow my business, but also included boundary setting. The course taught about setting boundaries and why you shouldn’t be readily available constantly. I was close to burn out at that stage.
How did setting boundaries effect my business?
Admittedly, a few customers who had gotten used to me being there all the time were a bit miffed that suddenly i wasn’t replying to them immediately and some even said it was bad customer service!! Seriously, burning out and burning the candle on both ends is NOT healthy. Setting boundaries was essential more than anything else. I simply explained that i could not be available all the time, however i would be available between these hours and if people didn’t catch me in the evening before i logged off, then i would of course reply in the morning.
Then i got really brave and turned off the messenger functionality on my page. The page had grown so much that i was waking to so many messages and it was stressing me. By turning off the messages, it encouraged people to either email or simply as their question on my page, which was even better for business.
How you can set boundaries
Some easy way you can set boundaries in your business or personal life is to not be readily available all the time. My new thing is 2 evening a week my phone goes on silent face down and i enjoy some time to myself. It’s not about being online Constantly!
Set times that you check emails. Morning and afternoon is sufficient, you don’t have to be on there at 10pm! Conclusion: Give yourself a break, be kind and stop letting people control your day. Because your health mattres and you have to put yourself first every now and then. Hence switching off and making time for you.