Five Lessons I've Learned From Four Years Of Being Booked Out With Crazy-Awesome Clients

Five Lessons I've Learned From Four Years Of Being Booked Out With Crazy-Awesome Clients

A couple of weeks ago I booked my very last six month coaching spot for the year, which means I'm now fully booked for the next seven months ahead in my business.

It feels a little crazy to write this down - it's taken a little while for it to sink in, and the gratitude I feel for the fact that I continue to be able to make a sustainable living from doing awesome work with such incredible creative humans is more than I know how to put into words.

As service based creative business owners, being "booked out" can be talked about like this elusive status that defines your success as a business owner. There are so many articles, courses, and classes out there teaching you formulas and strategies for filling up your client schedule that it can be a little overwhelming, because in reality being "booked out" isn't actually the goal - doing awesome work with the people you're here to serve and running a business that is financially thriving and sustainable is. Being booked out can just help facilitate that.

Here's why I like to book up my client schedule in advance:

No more feast and famine

Booking clients in advance means that you can break out of the feast and famine cycle in your business - you're no longer living month to month because you're booking out client projects in your schedule, taking payments in advance, and you're able to project and manage your income with more clarity and ease along the way.

More control over your time and schedule

Booking and planning your client work in advance means that you can take a more birds-eye view of your schedule - you can book out work in advance in your calendar, build in time to rest and take a break, and just feel more in control of your workload moving forward.

Peace of mind

More than anything, booking clients in advance can just give you a whole lot of peace of mind and ease that anxiety that we can navigate as business owners - you know that you have work booked in for the foreseeable future, you know that you have enough interest in your services, and you can focus more on doing the work than worrying about where the next client is coming from too.

This is now my fourth year of running my coaching business and my fourth year of being booked out in advance, so I want to share with you today the biggest lessons I've learned along the way in the hopes of them being of some encouragement and insight for you in your own journey too.

10 More Crazy-Awesome Things My Clients Are Making Happen This Year

10 More Crazy-Awesome Things My Clients Are Making Happen This Year

My clients are awesome.

I know, I know, I'm super biased, but I really do mean it from the bottom of my heart.

They're brave, and bold, and dream big, and are doing work in the world that is meaningful, fun, and oh so inspiring too. 

And they're all so wonderfully different too - after over three years now of working with almost 200 incredible creatives I see time and time again that no creative path looks the same as anyone else's. We all have different dreams, different goals, different skills, and different life experiences too. But there is something we all have in common - we all want to do work we love, live our life on our own terms, and have a whole lot of fun along the way too.

Today I want to share with you ten of my awesome clients with you and the work they're doing right now, and you can catch up with some past posts like this sharing the awesome work my clients do herehereherehere, and here

Make It Happen Podcast: Be A Storyteller, Not A Writer with Laura Jane Williams

Make It Happen Podcast: Be A Storyteller, Not A Writer with Laura Jane Williams

For the last episode of this season of Make It Happen I'm joined by the awesome and incomparable Laura Jane Williams...

I've been reading Laura's blog for years, and I loved her memoirs Becoming and Ice Cream For Breakfast too, so I was ridiculously excited to have the opportunity to connect with her for this episode. 

We explore what it means to be a storyteller not a writer, her own writing process, taking control of your creative career by thinking of yourself as an entrepreneur and so much more. Laura is one of my favourite people to follow on the internet - she has this wonderful way of just telling the truth about her life and holding space for other women to find their own too.

If you'd like to listen along to our conversation you can below, and you can also find the show notes for this episode this way too.