Yes the increase in fee income is nice and the ego boost from getting ‘more’ is good but I am full.
There may be some who would say ‘take on staff, outsource more…” but that’s not the way I want to go. The plan was never to achieve world domination, rather to have a good living from a manageable workload which fitted around family life.
October has been hard work, too many tight deadlines, clients providing information late and more and more turning up asking me to act for them.
The final straw came when I had filed a set of accounts last night at 8pm to avoid a late filing penalty and looked at my e-mail inbox which had more than 300 emails.
Now this isn’t as bad as it may sound, most of them didn’t require any action. For me it was just the fact that were 300 of them – I normally only leave e-mails in my inbox if they relate to outstanding work/queries and usually they number less than 30. This just indicated that things were getting a little out of hand.
Enough is enough.
I suppose the difficulty will come when very good potential prospects approach me, those who would be a good fit, will pay good fees and value the services I provide.
Do I then add them to the pile and find another 8-10 hours each year to get that work done, add them and remove a lower quality client or just say no?