How To Create Boundaries To Protect Your Energy

Natalie MacNeil talks about setting boundaries with your clients

Today, I want to talk to you about a critical part of being an entrepreneur and a growing business owner: setting healthy boundaries.

I know, I know. It’s easier said than done. I know a ton of entrepreneurs who’ve unintentionally harmed their businesses by not setting limits and drawing a line in the sand when it comes to their clients.

It was something I struggled with myself. Especially as a service-based business owner and a woman, my instinct is to give, give, and give.

But, with a lot of trial and error, I’m now a huge advocate for making and keeping boundaries, and in today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV I’ll reveal why.

I’ll also share with you:

  • The ideal time to set boundaries in a business relationship
  • Why clients are actually *happier* when you raise boundaries
  • The one thing you must say to a client every time you go “above and beyond”


For this week’s actionable, I want you to check in on your current boundary situation. For instance, when do you check emails? Do you have set “response hours,” or do you take weekends off? Make sure the way you’re dealing with clients, and delivering your excellent work, feels good to you and honors your desires.

Be sure to let me know in a comment below one way you are setting good boundaries with your clients (or what you plan to change if you’re currently over-delivering).

Boundaries are a way of honoring yourself and the work you do. And when both parties respect boundaries you give yourself space to do your best work. (Click to tweet)

If this episode speaks to you, be sure to share it with another entrepreneur who you feel needs to hear this message, too. And be sure to check out my free, 14-day Conquer Course to turn your small business in to something big!

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6 thoughts on “How To Create Boundaries To Protect Your Energy

  1. Hello Natalie,

    As always, I am feeling full of gratitude after waatching the episode. This is a huge issue for me as a nurse. I am trained to take care of people’s needs and people expect nurses to go out of their way to meet their needs. Having a sick child can be a real emergency needing an imediate consultation. I like the settings the limits at the begining of the relationship as this limits expectations. I will put this in place as of this weekend! For example I could mention on my website that we are always closed on Sundays. Thank you so much! Sending you a big virtual hug.

    Sharon from Ottawa 🙂

  2. I needed to see this! I’ve been having boundary issues with one of my big clients at the moment, and this has given me the permission I need to set them up, I’ve been too scared to before now. Thank you Natalie!

    1. You are most welcome Sophie 🙂 I know it’s scary to put boundaries in place but they really are the biggest act of self-love, and ultimately boundaries help you be of highest service to your client contrary to popular belief.

  3. When staff in our small boutique were pressed by clients to work overtime or over the weekend to deliver on a client’s “emergency” we encouraged staff to say, “Sure I can do this for you, but since I’ll be missing my daughter’s birthday, maybe you could do this (fill in audacious request to advance business relationship) for me?” It helped clients to see 1) we’re people too, 2) staff personal time was meaningful for them 3) last minute requests would “cost” the client something uncomfortable for them to deliver–thereby they were having to invest in their own request getting delivered on. We saw a huge increase in empathy, a reduction in last minute “must do’s please oh please save me” requests, and a greater sense of value for when we do extend the boundaries. More energy for all!

    1. A huge increase in empathy – what a great metric to measure success by! I’m glad your clients were responsive to your tactics, Marty…thanks so much for sharing this.

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