When I Learned to Say "NO" as an Entrepreneur
No. Nah. Nope. No, thank you. Nizzy.
As an entrepreneur who offers a service, learning when to say "no" was a little difficult for me. For a while, I would take on projects simply because I needed the money or I was too afraid to decline a request (even if I had no interest in it). Sad, I know. However, on my journey, I've learned that peace of mind and professional dignity is much more valuable than temporary monetary gain. After all, saying "no" really isn't that hard if you're respectful and have sincere intentions.
Keep reading to check out a few reasons why I've had to say "no" along my entrepreneurial journey:
1 - The Vibe is Off.
Sometimes, you can tell immediately if a client is a good fit for you or not. It's kind of like dating, you know? If your personalities or creative views don't mesh well, that's okay. Every client is not for you and you are not for every client. Save both of you a headache in the long run.
2 - Family and Friend Requests.
I love my family and friends! I really do. BUT, we all know that family and friends sometimes expect the "homegirl hookup." Now, I'm not saying never help family and friends. I'm just saying know your boundaries! If their request is something that's going to take up a lot of your time and energy, don't be afraid to say no. Business is business. Family is family. They'll still love you afterwards (hopefully)!
3 - Requests Outside of Your Niche.
Here's a simple example... When I first started photography, I would shoot parties and nightclubs. I had no desire to be there and I knew deep down that wasn't for me. (I was also afraid of my expensive camera being damaged in there!) So, I stopped shooting that niche of work. Nowadays, if I get requests outside of my desired niche, I just recommend other amazing photographers who specialize in that field. Try to stay focused on doing only the work that is aligned with your main goals.
4 - Low Budget or No Budget.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. As business owners, we have to learn to set standards. If you set a standard as the cheap option, it's hard to break free from that. Why would someone pay you more if they know you'll accept little or nothing? Learn to stand your ground and value your work and time. Remember, professional dignity is much more valuable than temporary monetary gain. You'll thank yourself in the long run!
Have you had an experience with learning how or when to say "no" in business? Share it with me in the comment section!
Be Great Today! ~Jasmine