Why Saying 'No' Should be a Priority in Your Business

The Benefits of Saying 'No'

No one likes to disappoint the people they like or the people they owe their paycheck to, but did you know saying ‘no’ is actually good for your health? 

Over the past decade of self-employment, I’ve learned in a big way why saying ‘no’ to things that don’t serve you is so beneficial. Whether you’re new to business ownership or just need a bit of motivation to say ‘no’ more often, here are a few benefits I’ve found from standing firm on what I feel. 


Why ‘No’ Really Is Self-Care for Small Business Owners

Owning a business requires so much time and energy. You barely have enough time to sleep 8 hours, let alone run around doing whatever anyone asks. Along your journey, you’ll find yourself desperate for self-care. 

Time is short for everyone. And when you are short on time, you feel stressed. When you’re stressed, you don’t accomplish nearly as much as you could. 

Self-care can be as simple as declining an invitation to a party you don’t want to go to. It could even be saying ‘no’ to a client demanding a tight deadline while you’re spending time with family. You don’t have to be a ‘yes’ person in order to succeed as a small business owner. 

Saying ‘no’ also strengthens your confidence and brings clarity to what you really want. Because, after all, if you’re saying ‘yes’ to every request, how can you possibly take the time to reflect on the things you really want out of this life? 


Saying ‘No’ Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Saying ‘no’ is impossible for me! I don’t want to disappoint people and clients I care about.”

Well, the good news is that you don’t have to disappoint anyone! Most people just want to know whether or not you can help them. They don’t want excuses. You don’t have to make up stories to explain your response. Simply say something like, “No, I won’t be able to do that for you," or "So-and-So might be a better fit for your needs.” You also don’t have to apologize. Just say 'no' and stick with your decision. 


Tips for Staying Sane While Running a Small Business 

One thing I’ve found on our entrepreneurship journey is that staying sane can be genuinely difficult. Part of the battle is managing your time and energy. That’s why, in addition to saying ‘no’, I highly recommend these few tips for staying sane while running a small business:

  • Make your health and happiness the top priority. Don’t let anything come before it.

  • Avoid exerting yourself when you don’t have to. We've been there and done that.

  • Create lists for what must get done and put that before saying ‘yes’ to new opportunities.

Running your own business is a fun and exciting adventure. Don’t let ‘yes’ syndrome cause you to overlook the beauty of it all!