Too much or not enough?   13 comments

I haven’t been on here much lately to update my blog, as been so busy especially over the last two weeks and it continues next week as well, which is great although unplanned. Still I am not complaining it’s brilliant that I made such a good impression that they want to keep me for a while longer to help them out.
Talking of which how do people plan their work especially those who are self-employed. Do you limit how much you take on, or do you try to do everything for everyone? I think at times you have to say no, as obviously doing too much can prevent you from the giving the excellent service that you provide. Then again do you take on everything that comes your way as you don’t know when or where your next client will come from.
I think probably there is no easy answer to this question. Everyone has to decide at the time how much they can take on. I must admit I have turned a few new clients away in the past, simply because I was either too busy or I did not feel that it was what I wanted to do. Then again I think this does depend on how much work comes your way and how stable you business is. Another factor is whether or not you are just starting out or been around for a while and can afford to say no.  At the start I think anyone is glad of any work just to get the clientage and money coming in but as time goes on I think everyone needs to bear in mind how much work they want, how much they want to earn and how stressful they want their life to be. After all surely one of the main reasons anyone goes self-employed is because they want to enjoy what they do and feel less stressed with life and work? 
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Posted October 9, 2011 by cmm in Blog

13 responses to Too much or not enough?

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  12. I've got to say that I grappled with this for a long time Cathy. As you know I specialise in transcription services and for a long time it was all or nothing, one minute things would be quiet and the next all hell would break loose and loads of work would come in all at once.

    Its still like that now although it has evened out a bit now as I have quite a few regular clients, although the majority of them are on an ad hoc basis. This means if they all need my services at the same time things can certainly get a bit hectic and yes I have had to turn new clients away.

    I don't think this will ever change but I do love what I do and being self employed so its worth it.

    • I am much the same, although like you things have evened out a bit more now. Although I still get some manic calls when work is needed the next day and if already booked up just cannot do it. At first I did feel guilty about refusing the work, but at the end of the day you can only do so much and there are only so many hours in the day.

      I don't feel so bad now about saying 'no' sometimes and don't worry so much where or when the next booking will come from.

      Like you said it's great being self-employed and being able to choose when, where and who you work with and also the variety and flexibility it gives you. Each day can be so different!

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