I get asked by a lot of business owners if I ever get the feeling of being overwhelmed? The answer is… of course! Especially when I was first starting out and building my business. It’s a totally normal feeling…AND that feeling doesn’t need to stay.
When you are starting out as a coach, counselor or therapist and building your own practice/business just the daily and monthly tasks can be overwhelming. Maybe it is all the stuff you didn’t think about besides the “I just want to help people”. The tasks like renting a space, booking client appointments, billing clients, accounting, answering the phones/email inquires, time to find clients etc. All of these things go into building and maintaining your business but can be very overwhelming and time consuming.
Having your own business/practice does not need to be overwhelming. You can create a business that is rewarding to both you and your business. It goes back to the saying “don’t create a life you need a vacation from”. Here are some great ways to help your business and yourself from getting too overwhelmed…
Having great systems… will help your business run smoothly. The set-up at first does take time… but once in place they help cut down a lot of the manual labor of your business. Developing systems and automating as much of your scheduling client sessions, billing and accounting is a great place to start.
Hiring a VA…Have you ever thought of hiring a virtual assistant to help you do most of the administration tasks for your business? Just think about it…they can answer emails, schedule appointments, send out billing etc. They can create forms and documents (in probably a fraction of the time it takes you to mess with the formatting, and it likely looks waaaay better!), and do client reminders. Think how you could put these extra hours to better use; the cost versus benefit is HUGE. Then it would free up your time to do what you love doing, helping your clients or attracting more clients!
Packaging your sessions… is another great way to help reduce the overwhelming feeling of always having to find the next client. It also reduces the stress of worrying if your current clients will book another session. When I started out, I would book one session at a time but I always had that feeling of worry. So, one day I spoke to a client about a package of 10 sessions, and went through what they could expect from those 10 sessions. The client LOVED it! They said that they felt less fearful knowing that they were committing to 10 sessions rather than “for life”. Packaging your sessions is a win for your client and for you. By doing this your income will increase and the overwhelming feeling of having to find new clients will decrease.
Scheduling self-care… A very important part of helping the overwhelming feelings is scheduling and taking time for your self-care. I know it can sometimes feel “easier said than done”, especially when it comes to having to turn down a client session for your own appointment with yourself… or it seems easy to just bump your self-care session to another time and accommodate both. But in my experience, this never happens. Once I start bumping the priority of my needs and my self-care, suddenly I start losing priority in my schedule and then I look back and can’t remember when the last time I went for a run was or went for a massage. The reality is if you don’t take time for your self care, you will become burnt out and not be able to help your clients to the level I know you can. When you are relaxed, balanced and feeling great, you can give your client and everyone around you the best possible you. Which is honestly what the client is wanting… and really don’t you want to be the best possible you too.
These are just a few of the suggestions on how you can help yourself and your business from becoming too overwhelmed, or to start to get out of overwhelm. I would love to help you learn how you can make your business less overwhelming by helping to develop systems to support your business, how to package your sessions and how to create reliable consistent income. We cover all of the above, as well as much much more, to help you grow your amazing business in my Leverage Your Genius Training Course.
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