Boundaries are critical. We know it, and yet – it’s so hard to create and respect them. If you are like the many service-based business owners I know, you struggle with this, too. Here’s the truth: boundaries are necessary if you want business success.
Boundaries for You = Increased Productivity
It’s really easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks and forget to prioritize the things that really matter for your business. Email from clients, requests from contractors, and even the constant ding of your Apple Watch as the Facebook notifications trickle in.
One of the most important aspects to your business, though, is productivity. Your clients expect you to produce high-quality work and that doesn’t happen if you are constantly distracted.
If you set boundaries for yourself when you’re starting out, you’ll be able to increase productivity and get more done for all of your clients!
Boundaries for Clients, More Professionalism
When you’re working closely with your clients (as most consultants do), it’s important to make sure that there are boundaries in place. Boundaries are critical to the success of your consulting business because they let the client know what your intentions are. Setting boundaries for how they contact you, at what times they contact you, and what your scope of work is will keep things as professional as possible. Since you’re an expert in your industry, professionalism should be the indication of success that you strive for the most. It’s important to always let your clients know up front (and clearly) what you can provide them with and what your expectations are for them.
Clients can quickly cause issues for your business. Setting the intentions up front allows your boundaries to be in place from the get-go.
Boundaries for Business, Better Time Management
Anyone who works for themselves is going to get caught up in time management issues. As a consultant, you likely either do not spend enough time on important tasks or you spend too much time working. The chances are, you fall into the latter like most other consultants. You can remedy this issue by setting boundaries for your business. This is especially important if your consulting business is your full time job. Treat it as such. Make sure you know when you are going to be working and what you’ll be doing during those hours each day. Get intentional about your business and your work plan so that you can still have time for your personal life. Barring true emergencies, you should always stick to the hours that you’ve set in place for yourself.
Boundaries for Resources, Greater Profits
Resources are excellent for any consultant, but you still need to make sure that you have boundaries in place for all of your resources. From not choosing too many tools to making sure that you’re using the resources in the best way possible, resource boundaries are critical to the success of your consulting business. If you let your resources get out of control or even if you’ve simply spent too much money on different resources for your business, you can be losing money. When you’ve learned how to harness in those resources and make sure that you’re doing everything right with tools for your business, you’ll then begin to see greater profits and an overall more successful company.
Quality resources are critical and will allow your business to grow. Resources, though, can be a drain so make sure you’re paying close attention to everything you use to improve your consulting business.
Boundaries for Success, Paced Growth
When you’re looking at success, especially in the beginning, you likely have stars in your eyes. There’s no way you could be too successful, right? Wrong. There are many ways that success could cause harm to your business.
As a consultant, your clients rely on a personalized approach. It is your job to make sure that you are providing them with the time and the investment that they have paid for. If you’ve grown too quickly, you will not be able to keep up with that.
It’s necessary to set boundaries for success so that you’ll be able to scale your business appropriately. Keep up with the changes and make sure that you’re doing everything the right way so that you can see increased success in the future. Letting your business get out of hand and not being able to keep up with the clients you have will result in a disaster and could actually mean the downfall of your business.
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