Saying “no” can sometimes be difficult. We don’t want to disappoint and aim to please as creative entrepreneurs.
However, if you don’t want to end up burned out sometimes you have to say no. You can’t handle every task/request or offer that is thrown your way. Schedules are full and some things you are simply not able to do to your own satisfaction.
Personally, I am definitely not the best at saying no to people. I too aim to please and would love to do anything I can to help people. However, like all people I only have 24 hours in a day and I can only spend those awake on tasks that need to be done
What does make it easier is having a nice polite way to decline. It will be easier on you but also make sure the client will feel okay with you declining.
I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to say no. (Even though I still need to learn to use them more.) I have seen these used and I love the general wording.
Just see this as examples and give your own twist to it for the given situation.
I won’t be able to do this now/ on these dates, but I would love to hear some new suggestion for a further date.
Maybe you are simply overbooked or with the holidays around the corner you don; t want to start a new project right now. With simply saying you would love to hear some other suggestions you let them know that you are still interested in the project but that now is not a good time.
Thank you for the request, but I won’t be able to do it.
Simple but straight to the point. You let them know you appreciate the offer or request, but you are simply not able to do it.
Sometimes you just don’t have to explain why or what. You should not feel the need too. Declining without an explanation is okay as well.
My planning for this week/month is not clear yet. I would love to hear from you again closer to the date.
You have no idea what you have to do the next few weeks and if adding a project would be a good idea. Honesty is the best policy in this case I think.
I won’t be able to do this, but I would love to suggest some others with the same skills.
I love how Marianne has done this on her blog. On her contact page, she tells you she is not doing design project on the moment. And right there she links to a great post listing all her favorite designers. This is a great way to give others the recognition they deserve.
Saying “no” is a skill you can learn and very useful for a creative entrepreneur or blogger. Again you can simply not take every project that comes your way.
Finding ways you feel comfortable with saying “no” will make it so much easier.
Let me know if you have any other suggestions. I would love to hear how you deal with this problem.