5 Tips for Freelancers & Solopreneurs on when to say No

Yes? Maybe? NO!


Trying to find the right balance between work, enjoying life and spending time with your family isn’t easy. Many of us work 10-12 hour days making sure things are running smoothly. So when an enticing opportunity comes along how can you say no? Easy. Ask yourself  these 5 questions and learn when to “Just Say No”.


1. Does the opportunity pull you closer or farther away from your goals? If whatever the opportunity is, doesn’t line up with where you want to be in 5 years, then feel good about saying no. And move on.


2. Do you have more than enough time to prepare for the opportunity and be 100% engaged in the task? If not, then committing to something  that doesn’t allow for full engagement, isn’t the best opportunity and deserves to be turned down. Last minute opportunities often times causes anxiety, pressure, the feeling of being ill-prepared and can drain your confidence. Pass on the opportunity even if it means a few extra dollars in your pocket. It will do your piece of mind a world of good.


3. Will the opportunity drain your financial resources? Take a look at your financial goals.  If the opportunity entices you to spend more than what you can possibly make in return, then RUN away as fast as you can, and don’t look back. That one to two hours of momentary pleasure isn’t worth the 10-12 long hours you


4. Is the opportunity disguised as a once in a lifetime proposal, guaranteed to be a life-changing event? Do your research, these once in a lifetime opportunity seems to come around more than the one time the advertisement states.  You may be able to find a better deal elsewhere that aligns itself more with what is meaningful to how you live life.


5. Do you trust your instinct about this opportunity? Trust yourself to know what is right. Say no to anything that just feels wrong, goes against your character, is injurious to yourself or anyone else.


These five questions and tips don’t encompass everything. But are just a few ways to get you thinking about moving in the direction of where you want to be. Feel free to add whatever else you have discovered that lines up with your value system. I would love to hear what you have to say, so tweet me at @suzettemariel or leave a comment in the section below. Thanks for listening!


Photo credit: Stuart Miles


1 Comment

  1. Thanks, Suzette. 5 key questions to ask oneself prior to committing – excellent advice !

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