News flash, you don’t have to coach everyone who wants to work with you. Having a good interview process is crucial for weeding out high-maintenance clients and to eliminate those who don’t want to do the work. I like to call them vampire clients: they suck the energy right out of you with their constant complaints, excuses, and questions. Trying to get a handle on this type of client in an interview process allows you to reject their business up front or to express your boundaries and expectations right away, allowing them to decide if working with you is the right decision for them.
We make big goals. We have big plans. We go to crowded gym classes and buy piles of dieting books. We vow to spend less time on our emails and to have more of a social life. Everyone goes in with the same mindset.
Do you have a business buddy that makes you jealous? Maybe she has a similar niche as yours, but got there first and is better known than you are. Maybe her business model is just like yours, and you always feel like you’re competing. Or maybe you simply feel like she does the same thing, only better.
I do. And while I think “jealous” is a strong word, I definitely get business envy from time to time and find myself comparing my business to the people around me. Social media only makes it worse.
It reminds me of being a kid and only one girl could claim Jem as her favorite. The rest of us had to be one of the other Holograms, but Jem was taken. And really, it was only because my friend Allie claimed her first.
Seeing your business friends consistently churn out great work while you haven’t even sent out a newsletter in 2 months can be paralyzing. And when you’re paralyzed, you’re not able to do your best work, be creative, or collaborate on anything.