Establishing boundaries with clients

establishing boundariesOne challenge that lightworker business owners often face is that of establishing boundaries. As lightworkers, we want to help people. We feel drawn to healing modalities. In many cases, we feel connected to our clients and we have a stake in their ability to be empowered and to succeed.

While those are great qualities in a healer, they can be detrimental to your business and to your well-being. If you feel that you have to be ‘on’ all the time, or you feel that you must be available for your clients whenever they need you, it won’t be long before you’re experiencing burnout or noticing that other aspects of your life or your business have been neglected.

Establishing boundaries with clients is crucial to running an effective lightworker business. It’s also critical to your clients’ success. It’s easy for people to become overly dependent on lightworkers. You may get a client who feels unable to make a decision without your input. Or you may get a client who becomes addicted to your product or service, which is not the sign of an empowered and healthy client.

It’s best to establish boundaries in the beginning of a client relationship. Here are some ways to do so.

Set regular hours. Lightworkers are notorious for working all types of hours and accommodating clients whenever those clients want them to. While flexibility can be good for clients, it might not always work for you. When you are unable to plan your life because it’s always contingent on when your clients need you, you may find over time that you begin to resent your clients and resent the lightworker business that you love.

Limit appointments. This applies to lightworkers such as psychics who people have a tendency to become addicted to. Many business owners would say it’s great to have a client that seems addicted to their service, but that’s one way that lightworkers differ from other business owners. The goal of the lightworker is to make money while also helping our clients to succeed. A client who is addicted to a service is far from empowered. Establishing boundaries is a good way to avoid that.

Trust your negative vibes. If you feel uncomfortable working with a client, respect that. As a lightworker, you may not be able to help everyone. There may be a client who you immediately know you don’t want to work with, or you may decide that you don’t want to work with a client anymore after a period of time. Don’t feel bad for your misgivings. Instead, work with that client to find a better fit. You may tell them that you think they can benefit more from a different type of holistic service (if that is the truth.) Or, you might simply tell them that you are working with fewer clients or adjusting your business and cannot take on so many regular clients.

One of the greatest benefits of being a soulpreneur is the ability to run a business that is in alignment with your soul. Respect your boundaries and your clients will follow suit.

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