Ways For An Entrepreneur To Learn To Say “No”.

Ways For An Entrepreneur To Learn To Say “No”.


Saying ‘no’ is one of the hardest things that any entrepreneur could ever do. It can be a challenge for many entrepreneurs to refuse certain offers or plans because they are afraid of letting other people down. However, it is critical for all entrepreneurs to understand it is find to say “no” every once in a while.

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There are a few things that you could do today if you want to learn how to refuse things and make your work a little easier for everyone involved.

1. Identify whether or not an event or opportunity is worthwhile

The first way to say ‘no’ is to take a closer look at different opportunities that may be available for you. You might find that some events are relevant to your business needs but in some cases those events may not be worthwhile.

That is, some events might cover topics that are not relevant to you or they cover things that you already know about and need no help with.

You must identify what’s not relevant to you when deciding if you need to decline an invitation to an event. You shouldn’t have to bother with attending events that are not really all that important to you.

2. Choose your clients with care

Some clients may not be all that easy for you to work with. Some will complain to you about all sorts of aspects relating to your work.

Others may be far too demanding of you in terms of what you must do in the workplace and might think that you can provide more than what you’re really capable of offering. Feel free to say ‘no’ to those who are too bothersome and might not be worthwhile.

You need to stick with clients that are willing to go along with what you have and are not going to hassle you in the process.

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3. Say ‘no’ if you can’t sell something that someone wants you to give away

Sometimes you might find that you can sell your products or knowledge to people instead of just giving them away. If you know of something that you can sell to someone then you should stick with that. Don’t ever think that you need to give away something that can be easily sold.

For instance, you might have a house cleaning service and you could then have the opportunity to tell people about how to clean their windows.

Instead of giving this advice away for free, instead work towards selling the window-cleaning portion of your overall service to that person.

If you work hard enough to convince someone that your items are worth buying then you’ll be more likely to make all that money.

4. Talk with your existing clients to let them know your needs

Your existing clients will certainly be willing to stick with you if you are upfront about your limitations. Let them know about what you can and cannot do. Don’t be afraid to tell them that you have limits for when you can work; how you can do things and so forth.

It will be up to you to ensure that you choose the right terms for your work so your clients will be appreciative of you and not ask more out of you than what you can really provide to them.

You should never be afraid to say ‘no’ every once in a while. If you can do this then your business endeavors will be a little easier to handle as you can weed out the things that may keep you from being as productive as you want to be.

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Sameer Bhatia
Sameer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ProProfs.com. He founded the company based on the vision that knowledge should be freely available to people from all walks of life. Today, ProProfs tools for building & testing knowledge are used by millions of users each month. Sameer is an ed-tech veteran and has been a serial internet entrepreneur. His past startups have been in e-learning and online retail along with a niche search engine to compete with Google. His academic background is in technology with a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC).