I Had To Say No (And Didn’t Like It)

by Nicole Branigan on April 19, 2014 · 0 comments

Because I Have Bills & S*%#

I said no to two potential clients this week. Not because I had to, but because I wanted to. I can’t even. I have never done that in my years as a professional copywriter. If you need it written, I’ll typically write it.

A lot of entrepeneurs speak on the importance of saying no because it allows you the freedom to take on projects that you actually care about. The idea is that when you take on the projects you care most about, then you complete them to the best of your ability. Projects completed solely for the paycheck are often difficult to complete and are never completed with the same enthusiasm.

It’s a novel idea, but hey, I’ve got bills to pay. It’s difficult to say no to projects because I always know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The project WILL end eventually and no matter how difficult it may be there’s the all-important paycheck on the other side. This week I received two business inquiries of projects that were so unequivocally NOT me that I felt I had no choice but to say no. But that doesn’t mean I enjoyed it.

There’s the fear. The fear that the clients will stop calling. The fear that people will view you as difficult to work with. The truth is, because I am self-employed I have the power to say yes or no, so why wouldn’t I take advantage of it? I owe the tax man beaucoup bucks, I screw up my expense reports every year and I have to chase people down to pay their invoices. There are many headaches that go hand-in-hand with being a freelance writer, so I’m doing everything in my power to take full advantage of the many blessings. And if that means saying no a couple times, then I’m game.

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