as seen in All Business Hours One of the most important boundaries you need to set for your business is what your regular hours will be. This can be as flexible or inflexible as you feel comfortable with–you’re in charge, so you get to set the parameters. But I encourage you to set some parameters. For instance, which days per week will you be open for business, and how many hours you want to work in a day? What time will you start and end each business day? Your working hours become the general container for your schedule.
You also want to factor in how many hours per week overall you want to work. This is something that varies
from person to person. I’ve worked with clients whose goal is to work less than 40 hours a week, while
others are so passionate about their businesses that they are happy–elated–to work 60, 70, or more hours
per week if they feel like they are using their time effectively. Whatever it is for you, choose it deliberately. Then set your working boundaries to accommodate the schedule.
Once you’ve decided on that basic schedule, then it’s time to let the people connected to your business know
what that schedule is. If they don’t know what your hours of business are, how can you expect them to
respect those boundaries? You need to be able to communicate these effectively to the people who are
connected with your business—-your vendors, your clients, your family, your friends, your business partners
and associates. That way you don’t have clients calling you at ten o’clock at night when you’re only
anticipating being open for business until five.
Depending your business, clients might think you’re available whenever they need you. If that’s the case for
you, great. Let them know that. And if it’s not, you definitely want to communicate when they can expect to
reach you. Once you’ve decided on these hours you can let people know what those hours are in a variety of ways: post it on your website; leave it on your outgoing voicemail; if you have a retail storefront or dedicated office space, post it on the door.