One of the best things about having your own business is being able to set your own hours. It’s nice to be able to set your work up around your life rather than setting your life up around your work. You may also be tempted to work when you feel like it. Some days you may start at sunrise, whereas others, you may feel more creative burning the midnight oil. Some days you may not feel like working at all.
So does it matter if lightworkers keep a free-flowing schedule? If the work you’re doing is work that is solo it doesn’t matter when you do it. For example, if you’re working on a workshop presentation or you’re creating a curriculum for a holistic class, you can do it whenever you feel you are most productive. However, when it comes to client work, it might be beneficial to your lightworker business if you have some consistency around when you’re available.
That’s not to say that you need to be available between 9 and 5. Depending on your clientele, you may realize that your customers are more likely to want services on Saturday mornings or on weekdays after 4 p.m. If that’s the case, you’ll do better by setting up office hours during those windows rather than sitting around from 9 to 5 doing nothing. It doesn’t matter what times you choose to be available, but it’s important that your customers know when to find you. For example, customers can know that you’re typically available on Saturdays so they may plan their weekend around it or share that information with someone who is also interested in your services. If customers find that it’s difficult to get an appointment with you, or they have no clue when you’re going to be around, they may lose interest or find someone who is better able to accommodate them.
Even if your schedule is not completely consistent, have a way in which clients can always leave a message and reach you, and have a system in place for returning the call or email as soon as possible. In other words, check your messages! You may not be available that day, but if potential clients hear from you and can set up an appointment for a later time, they’ll feel that you’re responsive to their needs, which is what all customers want from any service provider.
Just because you have the flexibility to keep your own schedule doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be professional and responsive. When you respect your clients’ time, they’ll be more appreciative of the services that you have to offer.