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40 Days to a Better Business: Day 14 – Boundaries


40 Days to a Better Business

We don’t often think of boundaries in terms of business, but the truth is that we must set boundaries when we are in business, especially since we work from home.  I’ve found over the years that I need business boundaries with my family, my friend and my clients. And even after you set boundaries, it’s not always easy to stick with them.

Over the years I’ve learned (often the hard way) that the key to sticking to my boundaries is to season them with love. So, while I may not be able to have lunch with someone tomorrow because I have writing deadline or some other work goal to meet, I can offer them some alternative dates.  And just because I don’t answer the phone when a friend calls during one of my coaching times doesn’t mean I won’t happily call her back later.

Eventually after you’ve stuck to your boundaries, those around you will get used to them and it will just be normal – what they expect from you. And because you handled them with love, they will be okay with it.

Here are a few areas that boundaries can be blurry in for us work-at-home business owners:

Business Hours

It’s important to set clear business hours – for our clients, for our families, and most importantly for ourselves.  You can’t leave your workplace like those in the corporate world can, so it can be hard to separate work time from family time. Setting an end-time for your day is especially important. And honoring that stopping time is even more important!

Contact Times

Even during business hours, there may be times when you can be reached and times that you can’t. For me, those can’t-be-reached times come during coaching appointments or writing time.  In order to make these times clear for yourself and your clients, set up a calendar system (using Google Calendar or another online calendar tool) or post them on your website.

Also make clear how you can be contacted.  Some business owners only allow contact through a form on their website or via email. Others prefer a more open approach using things like Facebook, Twitter, and even texting. Decide what works for you and your business and make it clear to your customers what is acceptable.


This might be the trickiest boundary to set. It can be hard to be both the creative force of your business and the payment collector as well. I decided at the very beginning of my business that I would only accept payment up front. This works for me because of the type of business that I run.

Other types of business such as Virtual Assistants and other service providers may not have this option. Some do request half of the agreed upon payment up front with the remainder due upon project completion.

Once you’ve decided how and when you will accept payment, it’s time to make sure that you receive payment. Depending on your business, you might choose to have your clients sign a written contract to help aid you when collecting payment. The more prepared you are, and the more up-front you are with your clients, the easier it will be when the time to ask for payment arrives.



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