Boundaries, Convenience & Perception in Your Business
So many coaches talk about “boundaries” and “holding your boundaries” with clients, team members, etc. in order to create the business/life of your dreams.
In fact, I remember a former business advisor who often said I needed stronger boundaries or else my clients wouldn’t value me and what I had to offer.
Boundaries, to that advisor, existed, in part, to create a certain perception of when and how much one works in their business.
So what exactly are boundaries?
We view boundaries as doing business on my terms:
• The hours we work — after all, not being an employee means you don’t have to be in the office from 9am – 5pm and gives you the flexibility to schedule clients around times which work for you both.
• The clients we work with — accepting the fact that not everyone is a good match for your business is one of the most freeing things you can do for yourself and your business.
• Protecting ourselves from all the hype and BS which permeates online businesses and ticks me off whenever we see it — you know it when you see it and my best advice is to unsubscribe and move on.
• And, speaking/living our truth which includes providing extreme client care in everything we do — no matter what, be true to who you are. . .those who resonate will join you.
If it’s convenient for us to check emails or respond to calls at 11pm on a Saturday night, that’s when we’ll do it — we don’t post-date my emails so the client won’t see them until 9am Monday morning, thus creating an illusion of when we work.
It’s about convenience and providing excellent client care rather than perception.
Our Request To You:
We’re all busy. . .in our businesses and in our lives. Create boundaries which support your desired business and lifestyle. What are your “non-negotiables” or boundaries for your business?
Remember that strong boundaries — as defined by you — create a strong business.