When you're self employed, you're responsible for all aspects of running the business. I run two small businesses, one is the creative beadmaking business that you're reading about here and the other is a freelance sign language interpreting business. On the surface, they're two very different businesses but I've found there's a caveat they both share. Any business is only as good as its customer service. What I mean by customer service, is as a business owner, I need to make sure my customers are taken care of. You might think they're only the people who buy my beads. They're not. They're my colleagues, my suppliers, and in my sign language interpreting business, they're the team interpreters I work with.
I haven't always understood that. If you're like me, you have a problem with no. I know I did. I did what everyone wanted me to do despite the overload it created on me. I thought that was customer service. I had to do what everyone else wanted me to do when they wanted it. I had to serve every whim at the most inconvenient time.
That's not customer service, that's exhausting yourself and then total collapse.
Set reasonable expectations and then stick with them. For example, my beads are handcrafted. I don't keep them in stock. I make them as they are ordered.
In my descriptions, I explain it may take up to two weeks for delivery. I've set my limits. Once I set my limits I'm able to respond to customers within the expectations I've set.
Have you set limits in your business?