The Virtual Elf Blog
The Virtual Elf Blog
When starting out, and in fact any time after, every entrepreneur would be willing to do anything and everything to make their business a success. This isn’t always a good idea.
The whole point of being your own boss is to have a job you love – if you don’t love it, why are you doing it?
This is something to be remembered when accepting jobs.
Don’t just do it for the money. If you don’t enjoy it, there’s a fair chance you’re not going to get the great results you’re used to achieving. Then there’s a chance that you might lose your passion and start to dread working the next day.
There is no need for you to say yes to everything.
Working with the right people plays a huge part in all this. One reason you may have setup your own business may have been the lack of love you had for your bosses and colleagues at previous employment. Remember this feeling and keep it with you when making your decisions. Again, you are your own boss now and should enjoy every aspect of your business venture.
You should be working with people who you get along with so that there is no breakdown of communication.
A common issue a lot of business owners will come across, is a customer wanting to pay a fraction of the price. Everyone loves a bargain but remember, you get what you pay for. Consider the reasons behind the rate you are charging, and stick to it. You could effectively end up paying out of your own pocket for someone else’s work. If you want to make a success of your business then you need to be doing more than just making ends meet with your business costs. Do every job well, and charge what you think is right.
If you think your customer’s desires are unrealistic, this is also the time to say no. Maybe their budget is too low or their time-frame is too tight. There’s a lot of factors to consider here. Evaluate the job carefully so that you can be sure you are going to get the job done and to your usual high standard. It’s better to let someone down so they can find an alternate provider, than to waste everybody’s time, money and efforts.
There may be a time where you come across a customer who wants you to work against company policy and/or bend the rules. You should know straight away that the answer to these types of requests should always be no. Don’t feel like you need to do any favours just because you want to do well. There could be some serious consequences that you’d never want to face. Ask yourself if it is really worth it.
Making decisions for your business can sometimes seem like the hardest challenge of them all. If you’re unsure, and don’t want to just trust your gut, ask your family, friends a business contacts for advice. The choice is yours at the end of the day, and only you will know what’s right for you as well as your business.
Saying no could be the best choice in some cases. We won’t always get it right, but we can always learn from the results. If you are strategic, yet firm and polite when turning a customer down, you can rest assured that you’ll preserve your reputation and gain respect from your customers for your honesty.