How To Set Better Business Boundaries

Do you need better business boundaries? You’re not alone!

You know when everything in your business feels like it’s all too much?
Clients contacting you day and night…
Paying late or making ridiculous demands and then not even thanking you?
What about those annoying people who ask for your time for free, or to “pick your brain”?!

If you’ve had enough of taking on everyone else’s problems, you need … boundaries.

Boundaries give you back confidence in your business, reduce 90% of your stress and help you go bouncing through your work day.

This is no-joke my favorite topic at the moment and is about to become yours.

I modeled this video directly from the Berocca campaign of the 80s and 90s because seriously, having no or loose boundaries in your life and business sucks big time. On the other hand, when you get a handle on boundaries and design your life to make YOU happy first and foremost, you’ll actually start to make more money and enjoy your life and business again.

Why do women in particular have so much trouble setting boundaries around their time, money and energy?

Because we believe we have “no choice”

Because we want to be accommodating and “nice”

Because we want people to like us

Ouch! Harsh but true.

But when you really get this lesson, you’ll see that having strong boundaries is actually the most loving and respectful thing you can do and one that will attract a better quality of clients, friends and other people into your life.

Let’s start with something easy but very symbolic:

Boundaries around your time

denise-0460When I first started in my business, I would coach people at 5am. It SUCKED big time and I wasn’t present with my clients or happy getting up at the crack of dawn. It made me grumpy and sleepy for the rest of the day.

Why did I do it? Because I thought that if I said no to my international clients, they wouldn’t book with me again. I wanted to be accommodating, even if it affected my quality of life.

My coach Fabienne Fredrickson told me that she has turned down many international clients because she refused to budge on her schedule. She told me;

“I am more important than money. They will find another coach who suits their needs better”.

And guess what? You will find more than enough clients that will work with your new and improved schedule, plus you’ll be WAY happier.

Your better time boundaries prescription


Boundary lesson with Denise1. Decide when YOU want to work.

  • Do you want to do evenings and weekends… or not?
  • What’s the earliest or latest you’re happiest with working?
  • When do you work best?
  • Can you take off a whole day completely from client work?

It’s okay to have your business be exactly the way you want it. There are MORE than enough clients out there for you.

2. Create a new policy and inform your clients about it.

Just make a simple announcement on your website or newsletter:

“From 1st May, opening hours are X Y Z.”

No apologies or over-explaining (it’s your business after-all) and no need to beg for understanding. Just give them notice (anything up to a month is fine) and that’s the end of it. Remember, people make time for dentist and doctor appointments. You don’t have to be super convenient for everyone.

I know the fear is that you’ll lose all your clients, but trust me – that won’t happen. You might even free up time and energy to write a book, create some programs that don’t require your time or have energy for some well-defined pro-bono work.

3. Enforce the new boundary.

Boundaries with Denise Duffield-ThomasPeople will try and push the new boundary, “Can you make an exception for me, pretty please?“. Trust me. It will happen within 24 hours of you mentally and emotionally making the decision. I bet you ten bucks.

And seriously, the first time you enforce it, you’ll feel like the biggest grouch in the world, but stick to your guns and you’ll feel amazing.

Here’s something to think about – I used to offer my clients up to 55 different slots a week. I had maybe 10-15 clients a week which was my idea of a happy workload. So, I was just trying to be accommodating by offering them appointments anytime from 7am-6pm five days a week. (I stopped offering my 5am offering but 7am appointments still sucked).

One client said that seeing so many available appointments on my calendar made her think “hmmm, maybe Denise isn’t doing so well”.

So being too accommodating can backfire as well as making you stressed.

What about money boundaries?

Money blocks and boundary problems are so common for female entrepreneurs and it can destroy your business!

Are you suffering from…

  • Clients not paying
  • Discounting clients
  • Bartering or working for free
  • Not earning what you think you’re worth?

OMG – there is so much I want to say about this. I’ve written about money boundary stuff and how to increase your prices several times.  But you might need a bit more help.

I’ve got a great resource for you where I talk you through 7 classic blocks and money boundaries and exactly what to do with them. I even give you the EXACT script I used when I stopped bartering and what I still use every time I increase my prices.

It’s my gift to you and you can get it here.

Happy b-b-boundaries!

xx

The Truth About Your Money Blocks

These 7 Money Blocks Will Keep You Under-Charging, Over Delivering & From Earning What You're Worth!

46 Comments

  1. Make Money Online on March 4, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Awesome post. Do you run a business and need clients? Simply click my name and get 100k visitors to your website. Thanks!



  2. Valene Vallandingham on March 5, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; many of us have developed some nice methods and we are looking to exchange methods with others, please shoot me an e-mail if interested.



  3. Marlen Nazelrod on April 8, 2019 at 9:06 am

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any ways to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.



  4. Shemeka Hum on April 9, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all. But think of if you added some great visuals or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this blog could definitely be one of the greatest in its niche. Awesome blog!



  5. Apex Legends Tiers on April 10, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own blog now 😉



  6. minecraft free download pc on May 9, 2019 at 7:15 am

    First of all I would like to say excellent blog!
    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you
    don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your
    mind prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips?
    Thanks!



  7. minecraft download free pc on May 9, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Link exchange is nothing else except it is simply placing the
    other person’s webpage link on your page at suitable place and other person will also
    do similar in support of you.



  8. download minecraft pc on May 9, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I
    stumbleupon every day. It’s always exciting to read content from other authors and use something from other web sites.



  9. g on May 11, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    I believe that is one of the most significant information for me.
    And i’m glad reading your article. However should remark on some
    general issues, The web site taste is wonderful, the articles is actually nice :
    D. Excellent job, cheers



  10. free minecraft on May 16, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Hello colleagues, how is everything, and what you wish for
    to say about this article, in my view its genuinely amazing
    for me.



  11. minecraft free on May 18, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really
    nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back in the future.
    All the best



  12. gamefly free trial on May 22, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Everything is very open with a precise explanation of
    the issues. It was really informative. Your website is very useful.
    Thanks for sharing!



  13. how to get help in windows 10 on May 25, 2019 at 12:18 am

    I’m gone to inform my little brother, that he should also
    pay a visit this web site on regular basis to obtain updated from latest reports.



  14. gamefly free trial on May 27, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you’re speaking about!
    Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my web site =).
    We will have a link change agreement between us



  15. gamefly free trial on May 27, 2019 at 10:08 am

    These are really fantastic ideas in regarding blogging.
    You have touched some pleasant things here. Any way keep up wrinting.



  16. how to get help in windows 10 on May 27, 2019 at 10:08 am

    What’s up i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anywhere, when i read this article i thought i could also create comment
    due to this brilliant post.



  17. how to get help in windows 10 on May 27, 2019 at 10:14 am

    My partner and I stumbled over here different web page
    and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see
    so now i’m following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page for a second time.



  18. gamefly free trial on May 27, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Simply desire to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your put
    up is simply great and i could assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Fine along with your permission let me to grasp your feed to
    stay up to date with imminent post. Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.



  19. how to get help in windows 10 on May 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Generally I do not read post on blogs, but I
    wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to
    try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite
    great post.



  20. how to get help in windows 10 on May 28, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I know this site presents quality depending content
    and additional stuff, is there any other web
    site which presents such things in quality?



  21. for free animal anal porn on May 30, 2019 at 12:22 am

    I love what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve added you guys to our blogroll.



  22. how to get help in windows 10 on May 30, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to mention that I have really loved
    browsing your weblog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing in your feed and I hope you write once more soon!



  23. gamefly free trial on May 30, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one
    and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses?
    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad
    so any support is very much appreciated.



  24. gamefly free trial on May 31, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Fantastic items from you, man. I’ve consider your stuff previous to and you
    are just too excellent. I actually like what you
    have obtained here, really like what you are stating and the way wherein you assert it.

    You’re making it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise.
    I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actually a tremendous site.



  25. gamefly free trial on May 31, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Hello my loved one! I want to say that this article is
    amazing, great written and include approximately all important infos.
    I would like to see extra posts like this .



  26. I like the valuable info you provide in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.

    I am quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!



  27. gamefly free trial on June 1, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I got this web page from my friend who told me on the topic of this website
    and now this time I am visiting this web site and reading very informative content here.



  28. instagram takipçi satın al on June 2, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Tremendous things here. I’m very happy to see your post.
    Thanks so much and I’m looking forward to touch you.
    Will you please drop me a e-mail?



  29. gamefly free trial on June 5, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Hi there! Quick question that’s completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My weblog looks weird when viewing from my iphone 4.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able
    to resolve this problem. If you have any suggestions,
    please share. Cheers!



  30. gamefly free trial on June 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    It’s remarkable designed for me to have a website, which is valuable for
    my know-how. thanks admin



  31. new game for ps4 2019 on June 7, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you
    I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Can you
    suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?
    Thanks a ton!



  32. http://tinyurl.com/ on June 8, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting
    a new initiative in a community in the same niche.

    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done
    a outstanding job!



  33. […] them. Shows you how to increase your prices with ease and grace. And shares the importance of setting boundaries in business. I completed her Money Mindset Bootcamp and found the work and mindset shifts […]



  34. ps4 best games ever made 2019 on June 11, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through
    some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it
    and checking back regularly!



  35. quest bars cheap on June 14, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for
    your information. This article has really peaked my interest.
    I will book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week.

    I opted in for your Feed as well.



  36. quest bars cheap on June 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Howdy! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone!

    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your
    posts! Carry on the superb work!



  37. noob vs pro vs hacker vs god on June 16, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thankyou .



  38. tinyurl.com on June 17, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    What’s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively
    helpful and it has aided me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute & aid different
    users like its helped me. Good job.



  39. proxo key generator on June 19, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thankyou .



  40. CMS options on June 20, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Many thanks, However I am experiencing problems with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I am unable to join it. Is there anyone else getting similar RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!



  41. vn hax pubg mobile on June 20, 2019 at 9:24 am

    google brought me here. Cheers!



  42. nonsense diamond key generator on June 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This does interest me



  43. plenty of fish dating site on June 21, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Admiring the dedication you put into your site and detailed
    information you provide. It’s awesome to come across
    a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed
    information. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your
    RSS feeds to my Google account.



  44. game of dice cheats on June 23, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Enjoyed examining this, very good stuff, thanks .



  45. erdas foundation 2015 on July 5, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Yeah bookmaking this wasn’t a risky decision outstanding post! .



  46. fortnite skin changer by darkshoz on July 24, 2019 at 4:20 am

    I have interest in this, cheers.



Leave a Comment