When To Say No

When you know you won’t be able to give it 100%.

When you don’t have time to give, and not because you’ll miss your favorite sitcom.

When it turns your passion turns into something negative and might affect how you treat the rest of your work.

When you’ll be overextending yourself and may falter in the commitments you’ve already made.

When you get the feeling something isn’t going to work out, even if you’re turning down the money before you get started.

When your job description is unclear to whomever agreed to something specific.

When you know someone who would be much better for the job and are happy to pass it off.

When you need to focus.

When you’ve scheduled a well-deserved day off to do whatever you need for yourself.

When you schedule time to work so you stay productive.

When it’s Friday and you just want to sleep in. 🙂

When do you say no?


  1. Over the last 6 months I’ve had to say no to two clients. Saying no is not easy. One client I have had for a few years but the relationship was beginning to strain and I knew it was time to say no and move on. The second was more recent –  a simple web design turned into a complex algorithm because there were so many hands controlling different aspects I had to pull a shark-tank and say “I’m out.” It also gave me the opportunity to take a step back and assess and ultimately decide that I’m no longer in the web-design business. And I must say I feel like a big weight has been lifted. Sure I it was big hit to my income but I’m more focused than ever on the consultant side and growing my business – including changing my business name.

    1. @SJCWebDesignLLC Rock out! That’s a lot of ‘no’ saying! So so important to make those decisions when you know you have to and not because it’s going to be comfortable and easy. in the long term, life is much better when you say no when necessary. So excited for you and your new path and I hope you’ll keep us in the loop of your new name and expertise! Congrats! And thanks as always for the comment 🙂

      1. @schmittastic Thanks Amy! I’ll keep you and the #SSSVEDA crew updated 😉 I’ve been designing websites since 1997 – it was so much fun to take a blank page and bring it to life  – but when it became a chore with added aggravation I knew it was time and assess, make a hard decision and move forward.

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