Listen, boundaries are not just for relationships, they are for business too ! As an entrepreneur it is so easy to become overwhelmed and overworked; that is why I am here to give you 4 tips for creating personal boundaries so your business can be successful.
Boundaries are often hard to set in any fashion of your life, but did you know that by creating healthy boundaries for your business you can start to live a life that you love? That’s right, you will grow exponentially as a person!
1.) Demand respect
It is important to demand respect . I know the ‘demand’ seems like an awfully strong word, but we can use it in a powerful and positive fashion to meet our needs! It can be challenging to run a handmade business, and many of us do it in the comfort of our homes, which can lead to constant interruptions. By setting boundaries and clearly communicating things like : work hours, policies, and more you, will start gaining the respect that you so deserve. You need to have the best of a work/life balance and you have complete control over that!
2.) Set work hours
As handmade business owners it can be hard to get caught up in the minutiae of what it takes to run a household, especially if you have kids, like : I have laundry to do, a few dishes to wash, make the bed, entertain , answer the phone , etc. Look, all those minutes add up! You could end up doing housework for 2 hours, when you should be working and focusing. Respect yourself by setting work hours, letting others know, give yourself a lunch break, and some other short breaks. But do not get caught up in the dailies of life, respect your work hours.
3.) Be Consistent
The best way to create habits is to be consistent. Although there are always exceptions, try not to give into to the boundaries and rules you have set for your business. This is going to help you make them habit. I suggest keeping a journal; every time you give in or make an exception, I want you to write it down. Tally it up at the end of each week to see where the inconsistencies are coming from, and how you can change those habits.
4.) It’s ok to say no
Have you ever seen that movie ” Yes Man? ” In this movie, Jim Carrey plays a man who is stuck in the rut of his negative ways. After attending a self help seminar , he suddenly learns to unleash the power of yes, almost with dire consequences, but it also leads him some really transformative experiences. It can be empowering to say yes, but it can also lead to a lot of stress and heartache if you are doing it for the wrong reasons. It is OK and healthy to say no when creating boundaries for your business AND life. Saying no is not cruel, mean, or dismissive, but it WILL tech others to respect your time and space. And…you don’t EVER have to have a reason for saying no. Practice saying no instead of yes at least one time this week. See how it feels, write it down so later you can remind yourself of why you set that boundary.
Breathe deep, smile, and have respect for the beautiful human being you are.
*Fashion Designer*Creator*Unicorn Whisperer*