When you own a holistic service business, it’s natural to want to want to be available whenever clients have the money and desire to hire you. You may even feel like you can’t afford to turn down work, particularly when your business is just starting out.
However, there are a number of reasons why you should consider setting up office hours and working regularly within that timeframe.
You teach your clients what to expect from you. Fear may have you thinking that if you tell a potential client that you can’t accommodate their crazy schedule, you’ll lose that business.
However, making decisions based on fear is never a good move. By setting up office hours, clients know what times you’re available and they will adjust their schedule to yours if they really want to. (This is assuming that you give a range of available times. For example, if you’re only available for a couple hours one day a week, you are likely not trying to run a full-time business in the first place.) Likewise if your schedule simply doesn’t match up with certain people, maybe that client isn’t in alignment with your services.
You set limits. One mistake that make soulpreneurs make is they work too hard. After all, they love what they do and they want their business to succeed. But here’s the thing: no matter how much you love what you do if you work too hard and too much, you can experience burnout. And then you and your clients suffer. To avoid burnout, you determine how much work you are willing to do. When you’re done, you’re done.
You create a time and space to honor your craft. One way to build a clientele is to make room for it. By creating time for clients even before you have clients, you send a message out to the universe that you are serious about holding that space for your holistic work. And nature abhors a void. Something will come to fill it. And when it does, you’ll be accustomed to spending your time working in that manner.
While you may cringe at the thought of setting up office workers and creating rules, understand that rules are nothing more than guidelines that help you to ensure that all of your priorities are being met.