Knowing When to Say No (And When Not To)


I have a problem. I’m a blogaholic. I regularly update over a dozen blogs and contribute to several others. Thankfully, I’m at the point where I’m not actively looking for work. Somehow though, work always finds me. This isn’t always a good thing. You see, by not saying no I put myself in a predicament. I have to keep up my end of the bargain and not fall behind. How can I continue to take the same time to create the same quality posts for my clients when I’m taking on new work. Fortunately, I’ve developed a system for saying no. Check out my check list.

Is this job something I can really see myself doing day in and day out for my client?

Choose your niche wisely. I know there are some writers and bloggers who feel it’s ok to wing it and write about topics they don’t know much about. That’s the best way to invite blogging burnout. If you don’t love a topic, pass on the offer. Now, if it’s something for which you know you’re perfect, rock on.

Is the pay worth the extra time taken from my schedule?

When you "don’t need" new clients, pay has to be really good for you to take on another bit of work. Don’t cause stress over a few dollars. Make it worth your while.

How much time can I devote to this project each day?

If you barely have enough time to devote to your present workload, how are you going to find time for another client?

Will I be happy?

Isn’t that what it’s all about? Will you be happy working for this client? Will you be happy with more on your plate? Will you be happy blogging about the same topic day in and day out?

One of the most enjoyable parts of being able to pick and choose is having the ability to turn down projects because they’re not worth the money or they’re not something you’d enjoy. By the same token, you’re also in a position where you can hold out for the really good gigs – the ones you’ll say yes to.

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  1. says

    I’m finally getting to this point after 2 years. My plate is full enough that I don’t need more work, BUT if something unbelievable comes along, I’ll have a tough time saying NO!

  2. says

    @Bob Younce – If you’re diligent, you would be. It took me several years to get to this point but it was worth every last bit.

    @Shannan P. – I hear you. I keep telling myself not to accept any more projects but then something comes along and it’s a good niche and pays a bunch, what choice do I have?


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