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Erin Braxton  |  May 10, 2022

There was a time when I was a slave to my clients.  I couldn't do anything to grow my own business because my client work was so demanding from me growing their's.  But was it? I had unintentionally created these so-called monsters that I was afraid to say not to.  Why? Because they were paying my bills and paying for my lifestyle. So how could I do what was needed to grow my own business without jeopardizing what I had already worked so hard to build?


The art of people pleasing can easily creep its way into your business.  There is no doubt I have had my battles with it, trying to please everyone.   

  • Clients will ask you to get things done tomorrow that you know you can't complete until next week.  But you'll say yes to tomorrow instead of saying, not now today.
     
  • Tasks will come up that you just don't have the time to do. So you either play the martyr and struggle to figure it out, or say no to the stress and learn to delegate.
  • New business opportunities will come in that you don't have the bandwidth to complete, aren't a fit, don't excite you or simply aren't paying enough for you to engage.  But out of fear of losing the money, you say yes with the potential of dropping the ball.

I've learned that a little selfishness in business isn't a such bad thing.  And if done correctly, you will actually grow your business, gain respect and set healthy boundaries. This will speak volumes to those you work with and work for.  So just remember that saying no isn't selfish, it's just healthy business.

About Erin Braxton

As a web and online marketing consultant, Erin has helped clients confidently build and grow their online presence.  Her love for entrepreneurs and all things small business has been a passion for over 14 years.  As an entrepreneur, herself, Erin knows how to coach and lead small businesses through their online journeys.  Read More

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