One of the perks of being my own boss is I can choose what I want to work on, who I would like to work with and how I want to plan my daily routine.
At the beginning of my crazy wild something simple ride, saying yes was my favourite thing to do. Actually I’ve always loved saying yes.
Yes to new projects, yes to new adventures, yes to new clients… Then I discovered the word ‘yes’ is not always my friend.
I began to cringe when working on certain projects or wait till later to open an email. This was not how I envisioned my chosen career.
I had to take control of the situation and rediscover the word no.
‘No’ can be a very powerful word. One that allows you to spend time doing what you REALLY love to do, like creating a new campaign, working on a new workshop or simply being able to turn off your computer and watch a movie.
Before I became a solo-entrepreneur I wrote a blog post about the word no:
No. a complete sentence.
Now as an entrepreneur, I see it in a new light! It not only allows you to set boundaries in your personal life, but also in your professional.
Don’t get me wrong, the bills have to be paid, but it’s all about finding your dream client! Working for yourself is not always sunshine and rainbows, but it doesn’t have to be a full-blown storm either.
Discover your dream client!
If you’re stumbling through and trying to discover your dream client/project, ask yourself these questions:
- What do I love working on every day?
- If I had to write a to-do list RIGHT NOW what would be on it?
- What kind of environment do I like to work in?
- Am I a team player or a solo runner?
- How much time do I want to work each day? Each week? Each month?
There is an activity that I find myself running through every couple of months and it changes every time. Consider this, if you could invite ANY three people (literally anyone, celebrity, influential individual, friends or family members, fiction or nonfiction, alive or dead) to a dinner party who would they be? What do these people tell you about yourself?
Here is my current list:
- Tim Gunn: Serious fashion icon, but also could be everyone’s grandpa and is seriously supportive and honest!!
- Carolyn Holdsworth, founder of Me & C. Clothing: Carolyn is my go-to when I’m in a bind and need someone to help sort through all the thoughts in my brain. Also reminds me that it’s ok to forgive myself.
- Blake Lively: she does so much, is down to earth, stays connected with her family and may possibly tell me some juicy details about Ryan Reynolds
It is certainly an eye-opening activity! At the moment I am really looking for support, honest feedback and some girlfriends to WINEd down with.
Who would you invite to your dinner party? What does this say about yourself?