When I first started my business, I was so determined to succeed that I didn’t really consider the fact that I wanted to love my job. Of course I was excited and I figured that I’d have so much more freedom. My personal life and responsibilities would in no way be an obstacle and I’d feel a much higher sense of achievement from everything I built from my own ideas and plans. Honestly, at that point, I’d work with anyone who wanted my help.
I’ve worked with a lot of lovely people who I just clicked with, you know? And those tasks were the most enjoyable. I loved it! And for me, this confirmed that starting my own business was definitely the best decision I had ever made.
But then there’s the downside of working with “just anyone”.
Each individual has their own personality. And this may clash with someone else’s personality. If you don’t have that connection and enjoy each other’s presence, then how the hell are you going to get the best results work-wise? It simply does not have the greatest benefits.
I’ve had some clients that I haven’t clicked with. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with their personality, or even mine. We just weren’t compatible. Outside of work, we wouldn’t be friends who meet up for coffee or hang out. Sometimes this makes you dread the job at hand, and you can’t run a business like that! What’s the point in working for yourself if you don’t love your job? There was one particular client whose tasks made me so uncomfortable that I ended up having a breakdown and considered closing down my business. At this point I had to remind myself of the reasons behind me becoming my own boss and I had to rethink my strategies.
Now, I do not work with “just anyone”. I think this is greatly beneficial to my prospective clients as well as myself. It needs to work for everyone involved. It may be fine for those one-off tasks, but definitely not for a long term working relationship.
So… my first priority, along with finding out exactly what help is expected of me, is to get to know my prospective client to see if we feel that mutual connection. This builds a sense of trust and makes me excited to get stuck in. Ultimately, this is the best feeling and makes me enjoy my job without that dreadful feeling of “ugh, work!” as soon as I wake up.
I’d pass this advice on to any entrepreneur and businessman/woman. You’ll definitely reap the benefits more than working with someone you’d rather avoid talking to. It would be the same if you were hiring a new employee to join an already established team – if they’re not going to get on like a house on fire then their productivity isn’t going to rocket.
Again, if you don’t love what you do then what’s the point in doing it?