Nobody wants to be stressing over college essays or application edits on Halloween or New Year’s Eve - not you, not the kids, not their parents.
If you set boundaries in this area and stick to them, you’re doing EVERYONE a favor. I promise.
And if you have trouble saying no? Check out #3: my no-fail secret weapon against holiday work.
I’ll never forget creating my first contract.
I was lying on my couch in Arlington, Virginia, watching Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” and instant-messaging on my laptop with a friend in law school. She was giving me “not-legal-advice” (if you have attorney friends you have heard this term before!) and I figured it was better than going at it alone, since I obviously had no budget for an attorney at the time. Everything seemed promising enough. What could go wrong?
Do not waste your time with the people who will cause 80% of your stress and lead to 20% of your revenue.
Friend, you do NOT have time for that AND YOU KNOW IT!
You have to identify these people at the outset before they become your clients. You can’t be afraid to set boundaries. You can’t be afraid to tell them you’re not a good fit for their needs. I promise: you will solve 80% of your problems by proactively choosing not to move forward with 20% of the people that want to work with you.
We all know that I love project management tools and that I particularly love Asana, but I’m just one person! I thought it might be useful to hear from one of my team members for another perspective on the tool within the context of our educational consulting practice and her work with students. Thanks for weighing in, Jennifer!
Have you ever asked a client or colleague for a reference or recommendation?
I don’t know about you - but no matter how well I know the person, and no matter how highly I know they think of me - I get a little anxious. It’s uncomfortable for me to put myself out there in such a vulnerable way.
Since I personally find this difficult as a grown adult, I can absolutely identify with a teenager’s anxiety over the same situation.
Have you ever actually sat down and thought about the image that you’re projecting to clients by giving them something with another company’s logo on top?
You might as well hold up a sign that says “These people do a better job than me!” or “I have more confidence in these people than I do in myself!” or “These people have more resources than I do!”
Why would anybody want to hire the guy handing out another company’s free guide to the Common App when they could just go straight to the source and hire that company directly?
We send "Getting to Know You" questionnaires immediately after parents sign their contracts and pay their invoices. The parent version has questions that deal with issues relating to health, communication preferences, emergency contact information, family issues in the home, scheduling choices, observations about student motivation, and so forth. The student version is a little lighter and contains a personality test, as well as fun questions about preferences and pet peeves.