Back when I started freelancing, I was a “YES” lady. I was so excited to be doing my own thing that I took on almost any inquiry I could. At the time, I didn’t have a ton of steady work either, which was another reason why I was so keen on saying yes yes yes. But times have changed.

After awhile, I realized that I simply couldn’t take on everything. First off, not all projects that come your way will always be a good fit. As cool as they may seem, you need to look at all of the aspects and make sure taking on a project would be in yours and your client’s best interests. And secondly, there’s not enough time in the day to say yes to absolutely everything. Luckily, after freelancing for a little over a year now, I’m in a comfortable position where I have steady work and can pick and choose what projects will challenge me and fit the type of work I enjoy doing best.

Learn to say no, for your own sake … not just as a freelance creative, but as a human being. Know your limits and what you can and cannot do. Follow your heart and you’ll have the best adventure ever.

PS. Even though I sometimes have to say no to potential clients, I make sure I do it in a tasteful way and refer them to other great designers I know and trust! Always network and never burn bridges.

  1. andrea says:

    great reminder – glad to know I’m not the only “creative” that struggles with saying no. :) thanks for sharing!

  2. angie says:

    True words, and good advice. I learned this when I was contacted by a “paranormal romance author” wanting a website. I agreed to meet with her, but it quickly became apparent that I was into pastels, flowers, and swirls while she was more of a black, blood, shirtless-attractive-male vampire type. You’re absolutely right in saying it is not always going to be a “fit.”

  3. elaine says:

    I can total relate to this! My 2012 mantra is BALANCE. :)

  4. Attina says:

    very comforting your words, thanks for sharing ^_^

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