I am new and I want to offer consulting services to small business owners on The problem is that I don't have extra time to spend on typing out answers to questions posed on What should I do to have my first client? This is a typical Chicken and Egg Dilemna that I have to solve.

Leaders often ask the same question, and it's simply a matter of priorities and time management.

First, recognize you, like everyone else, only has 24 hours in a day, seven days a week, etc. And, that although it's a difficult concept to accept, the reality is that the moment you leave this life, you will have lived a very specific and finite number of years, months, days, hours and minutes. What this means is that you only have a certain amount of time, and you want to make to the most of it.

So, working backwards, assuming you sleep approx. eight hours, and that you work another eight, that leaves another eight hours to do what? Fun? Sex? Family? Running? Biz Dev? Etc.

Further, if you really don't have time to answer Clarity questions, what makes you think you'll have time to take on one, two, three, possibly four new clients? What happens if you're asked to speak on the phone with a CEO about your services? Will you not have the time?

Make a decision that answering questions here at Clarity will or not be beneficial to both readers and you alike. If you believe you can add value, both to Clarity users and to your business opportunities, then cut out one hour twice a week (or whatever) and commit to it. Once you start, over time, you'll build up a body of work and be glad you did. And, if you really believe you don't have the time, or that there's no value for you here, stop agonizing and move on.

The question I always ask my clients is, "If a $1 million dollar piece of business required one more hour a week of your time, would you -- could you -- rearrange your schedule to accommodate?" In over 20 years, 100% of my clients always answer, "Yes, of course."

Priorities and time management. Take control and don't be a victim to wasted, lost time.

Answered 6 years ago

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