How to Be Your Best Client
Imagine you had a client who consistently failed to complete her tasks for the week. Maybe your are her coach, virtual assistant, online business manager, strategist..etc.. and you are there to help her..but..
She couldn’t “find the time” to get her email opt-in page completed.
She was “too busy” to write the next chapter of her book.
She was working too hard and completely “forgot” to put together her webinar presentation.
It wouldn’t take long before you sat her down for a serious talk about the future of your business relationship—and her business. A client such as that is a frustrating waste of time and energy.
Why, then, do you continue to accept these and other excuses from yourself? Why is your lack of business development allowed to continue, even when you know how important those tasks are to your future growth?
Now, before you go thinking I’m being way too hard on you, know this: we all struggle with this very issue. We all put our clients, our family, our friends, and even the neighbor we barely know before ourselves.
But I’m giving you permission right now to stop doing that, and start treating yourself as the VIP you really are. Because..at the end of the day.. you are! But, let’s get this to be a thing..all day, every day.
It’s time to put your business growth ahead of that of your clients. Only by doing that will you be able to reach a larger audience, help more people, and achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.
The simplest way to do this is to just make appointments with yourself. That hour or two you have free on Thursday afternoon? Don’t book a client in that spot. Book yourself. Mark it on your calendar, and treat it as an unbreakable appointment, just as you would an appointment with a client or your doctor or your accountant. If you want to charge yourself a cancellation fee to motivate you…do it! Really, if you do break an appointment with yourself, put a specific amount of money in a savings account. Because, just as you charge a cancellation fee for your clients – because last minute cancelations affect your business – last minute cancellations for your own time is affecting your business. You are stealing time from yourself.
Spend the time working on the things that are important to the continued growth of your business.
• Develop a new group coaching program
• Review your finances
• Work on bookkeeping
• Outsource work that is bogging you down
• Grow your team
• Write a chapter of your upcoming book
• Write emails for your autoresponder
• Reach out to JV partners
Make the appointment with yourself intentional. Don’t just block an hour off, spend 40 minutes messing around trying to decide what to do then overwhelm yourself for the remainder of the time. Block of the time with intention of what you are going to be working on.
In short, do those things you tell your clients to do—the things your own coach (or your mind) is likely advising. Don’t push them aside for “later” or “after your client work is done.” Elevate yourself to VIP client status and start putting yourself first. Your business will thank you for it.
Take 2 minutes right now, review your calendar, pick a 30 minute slot in the next week to intentionally work on your business and write 3 simple things you will focus on in those 30 minutes. Example: 1) List 3 small goals this year 2) Review Finances for the last week 3) Brainstorm 2 blog ideas. Simple, start small if you have to. Do not break this appointment. At the end of that appointment, make another appointment, then make it a recurring appointment to yourself for the growth of your business.
Baby steps, make for giant leaps..and massive growth.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. hELP IS A FEW CLICKS AWAY..