As a freelance beauty professional, it might seem counterintuitive to say no to a prospective client. You may feel like you should take whatever you can get your hands on. Especially when you’re starting out.
Sure, sometimes we don’t really have a choice. After all, the bills do need to be paid, and often our family depends on us. But when you’re on a roll, it’s worth recognizing which gigs are deserving of your precious time and attention, and which ones you’re better off passing on.
Are you ready to take control of how you work? We’re giving you 3 reasons why you should say no to a freelance gig and teach you how to pass it on without burning bridges.
3 reasons why you should say no to a freelance gig
First of, let me ask you this: how many times have you found yourself take on a client that didn’t make you feel good?
Feelings aside, you chose to take on this gig—probably only because you think you had to do it in order to achieve your business goals.
Here’s the thing though: you also have the choice to say no. There are some gigs that simply aren’t worth taking on, and here’s why:
1. When you’ve got plenty on your plate already
Are you struggling to make time for the clients you already have? Do you feel like you can’t give your clients the experience they deserve because you’re trying to cram as many appointments as you can into a day? Then it’s a good moment to say no to this freelance gig–at least for now.
Pro tip: Deliver a better client experience to the clients you already have with these 5 tips.
2. When the client’s budget doesn’t meet your expectation
There will always be clients who say that you’re too expensive. But that doesn’t mean that you are. If the client’s budget doesn’t meet your expectations, it doesn’t mean you need to lower your rate. Instead, you’re better off accepting the fact that you and this client just aren’t a good fit.
Pro tip: Want to learn how to navigate the conversation after a client says you’re too expensive? Check out this article.
3. When you aren’t excited about the work
Working for yourself isn’t just about the money and success. It’s also about creating a life yourself that you love. Maybe that client is a penny pincher, chronically late, or rude. Or maybe the gig seems completely snooze-worthy to you. If you aren’t excited about the work, and if you’re not in a position where you have to take on work for the income, just remember that you can always say no to a freelance gig.
How to pass on a freelance gig without burning bridges
So you’ve decided this gig isn’t worth your time. Now what?
It’s never fun to say no to a prospective client but there are ways to pass on the gig without burning bridges.
Even though you’re not taking on the gig, you should still be appreciative of the opportunity. A simple “thank you” goes a long way! Also, be prepared to give them a brief explanation of why you need to pass on the gig and, if you know anyone in your freelance network who would be interested in working with this client, provide them with a referral for another beauty professional.
You never know how a client will respond to you turning down their gig. Although most clients are very understanding, you should also be prepared for clients who feel offended and may respond in a confrontational way. When a client can’t take rejection, it’s best to leave it be and not respond if not needed.
Pro tip: In this blog post, Brent Galloway, freelance designer, shares his experience with turning down three different gigs.
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