I'm changing my business model a bit that has left some people confused. Let me explain.
This business is amazing. Being a Charity Auctioneer | Fundraising Auctioneer is the best career I have ever had. It has allowed me the opportunity to meet amazing people, to engage new donors and to work with fabulous organizations. Being a Charity Auctioneer has allowed me the chance to have and run my own business and allowed me to feel empowered every day as a business owner and a respected partner to my clients.
However, there are just so many wonderful organizations that I don't have enough time or dates in the year to work with them. This spring I found myself have 6 charity auctions in 7 days. For me, that was too many. I was exhausted, tired and frustrated with my job. I wasn't happy going to work for the last 3 auctions, and that wasn't fair to each of those clients, nor to their carefully cultivated guests in attendance.
So moving forward I did 2 things.
First and foremost I ordered a big, giant calendar. The kind that teachers have and hung it on the wall. I used my daughters markers to write in every auction I have booked for the remainder of 2016 and into 2017.
Second, I set a limit for myself:
No more than 2 auctions a week.
No more than 44 auctions per year. 20 in the spring. 24 in the spring.
I'm happy with my decision. It's good to know that I have boundaries and limits that I set for myself. I'm happy knowing that I'll have a good balance of family time and work time.
Since I let my clients know this I have received an unexpected side effect - early bookings and early contract signings. They are eager to ensure that they are part of the 20 dates that I have for the fall and 24 for the Spring. They know that securing my Charity Auctioneer | Fundraising Consulting services early is in the best interest for both of us, and I like having synergy with my clients.
I have 3 more Auctions for Spring Season and cannot wait to enjoy the summer months in Sonoma and have some fantastic trips planned.