business, Business Design, Freelancer, Own Business, Working from home


Having your own business and freelancing is a tricky job to manage. Sometimes it’s stressful because you don’t know where the next job is coming from, and sometimes it’s stressful because ALL the jobs seem to come at once!

If you’re lucky then you’ll have a constant stream of work that keeps you ticking over, but sometimes it goes mental, and sometimes you have to choose between money and self-wellbeing.

I AM RUBBISH AT THIS!! Or at least I used to be.

Until the last couple of weeks, I would accept every job going. Even if I knew I had too much to do already, I’d find time to fit it in, and then I’d totally burn out. I was living on about 4 hours sleep a night for a while and I realised things had to change.

And then I learnt that it’s ok to say no.

And it really is. Whether it be because you’re too busy or maybe you have real life things taking over, it’s ok to say no. It’s about finding the balance between what satisfies your personal finances and what satisfies you as a person.

So, why might you need to say no to a job…


The work is piling up and you can’t possibly envisage fitting anything else in. Say no. If you don’t, not only will you burn yourself out, but you might end up doing a mediocre, crappy job – and that’s not the way to keep clients. Politely say no and explain that you don’t have capacity at the minute, and then make sure you let them know when you’re available again.


If a client comes to you last minute and expects something immediately, they probably expect that you won’t be able to fit them in. Don’t fall into the trap of doing everything for everyone at the drop of a hat – I’ve been there, it’s stressful and exhausting. And not only that, it sets up a precedence that they will always expect you can make time.

A lot of times I’m asked for something urgently, and when I explain that I’m not available until the following week, nine times out of ten they are fine with that – urgent means different things to different people.

From the start let people know your timelines. Let them know how long it takes to make any foreseeable alterations, and give yourself some leeway – add an extra day, and if you get it done sooner, then great! If someone really wants your product/work, they will wait.


Sometimes life takes over. Maybe you are poorly, maybe your child is off school, maybe you’re moving house. Don’t feel guilty. You are allowed to be a person like everyone else out there. You don’t get normal holiday days when there’s someone else to take on your case load, it is you and only you. But it’s ok. You deserve to live your life. Don’t feel guilty.

If you know the client well and you think they’ll understand the reasoning, let them know. If you don’t know them, then just say you’re out of the office for the next week, or that you have a full case load right now, but can fit them in at a later date.

If you know in advance that you might be away (school holidays, operations, moving house etc), then let all your regular clients know in advance. Pop them over an email saying just to make you aware, I am out of the office on ‘x dates’, and will therefore be unavailable for work. Also put a header it on your website, on your contact page and on your email signature.


Know your worth. A tricky one. If you’re anything like me you’ll want to help everyone, and when that client comes to you with a small budget you think “oh, it’s only one job, I’ll do it a little cheaper”. Don’t! Not only are you not valuing yourself and your knowledge, but you’ll end up feeling resentment for the time that you are spending for half the price. Sometimes you’re just not a good fit with everyone and every business, and that’s ok.


We’ve all been there right? When you get asked to do a job that just fills you with dread. And I don’t mean the hard work dread where you question if you can do it – of course you can! I mean the dread that the job is actually not in your realm of working at all, or, let’s be honest, just seems completely boring.

You’re a freelancer, you have the right to say no (politely).


This isn’t too common a problem (hopefully), but it does happen. Maybe you’ve worked with them in the past and they messed you around. Maybe you just get a vibe and don’t feel comfortable working with them. Weigh up the pros and cons. Can you put your feelings aside for the job – is it a fun, exciting project? Is the money good? Or do you feel that it will just cause you too much stress and agro to proceed. If so, that’s ok. Just politely decline.

Do remember though that a lot of clients probably don’t understand the ins-and-outs of your business and the skills involved. If you find you’re having trouble with someone, start off by letting them know your process, your terms and conditions. Set out all the costs involved upfront. Sometimes it’s beneficial to just help someone understand.


First of all, stop worrying so much. It’s your business and you are in control.

  1. Say thank you and decline respectfully. Tell the client that you like the sound of the project and thank them for the opportunity.
  2. Let them know why, but don’t give them your life story. Just tell them you are at full capacity but you would love to work with them in the future.
  3. Make sure that you let them know when you are next free.

Remember, you are only human, and there are only so many hours in the day.

Business Design, logo design, mental health, new business, Own Business, Weddings, Working from home, Working Mum



These are testing times for everyone, and everyone is trying to find the best way to get through this so that they can emerge succesfully and healthy on the other side.

Mrs K Designs will remain open, but with a few slight alterations.

Continue reading “BUSINESS (NOT QUITE) AS USUAL”

Business Design, Christmas, mental health, Own Business, Uncategorized, Working from home, Working Mum


A very Merry New Year to you all. I hope you enjoyed the festivities.

Right, now down to business, be warned, this is going to be a rant! If you don’t enjoy a good rant then read no further!…


Business Design, Uncategorized, Working from home, Working Mum

When Business is Quiet (Part 2)

Cast your mind back to August 2018 when I wrote the post ‘When Business is Quiet’.

I wrote about how when business is quiet we go into a crazy panic that business is failing and that the…

“reality is shortly it will be chaos again and I’ll be mega busy and I’ll wonder why I didn’t stop and take a break whilst I had the chance”.

Well, I wish I’d bloomin’ listened to myself. What a few months it’s been! If you have your own business, are trying to juggle kids and fit in an actual social life, you’ll completely understand where I am right now.

I had my quiet period, I did not relax. I had my panic that the business was doomed. I worried. And then boom!! It got crazy again.

It’s nearly Christmas though, so it’s time to relax. But business is getting a little quiet, what if it’s doomed…..

And the cycle carries on, ha ha! x

Uncategorized, Wedding Stationery, Wedding Tips, Weddings

Vintage Telegram Invitations

It has been soooo long since I have posted anything on any social media platform, what with Christmas and being super busy working on new projects.

So let’s rectify this and start off with a recent wedding project.

This lovely couple are in love with the vintage era, the Groom-to-be is in the RAF, and they wanted their invitations to reflect this.

This is the final result. I am absolutely in love with them!



FREE Letters to Santa Download

With Christmas just around the corner I’m giving away a freebie! These cute little letters to and from Santa Claus are sure to add a little bit of magic during the run up to Christmas. The letter to Santa has space for your child(ren) to fill in their details and the return letter from Santa has space for you to write your child’s name.

Available to download now, just click here to take you to my website.

Once you have downloaded you will have a PDF that you can save and print as many times as you need.

Merry Christmas all x

Business Design, logo design, new business, Social Media

Buntilicious – New Logo

New logo design for new business Buntilicious. When your client asks for “something cute”, I think this pretty much fits the bill.

I thoroughly enjoyed designing this logo. A lot of my work recently has been very bold, with lots of strong colour and geometric shapes. It was so lovely to be able to be a little more flamboyant and, dare I say, ‘girlie’.

Buntilicious is a brand new business ran by Donna; specialising in homemade bunting and cushion covers, and they are just adorable. All of the fabrics are chosen personally by Donna and she only chooses items that she loves. Buntilicious is a real labour of love and I urge you to pop on over to their Facebook Page and have a look. Remember, Christmas is just around the corner and these would make a fantastic gift!

Social Media, Uncategorized, Wedding Stationery, Weddings

Top 10 Coolest Chalkboard Invitations

Maja and NickI’m a little behind as I have only just seen that these cute little invitations have been listed amongst the top 10 Coolest Chalkboard Invitations by Versa Chalk (better late than never hey?!).

I get so excited when I see my work being noticed by others. This has made my mundane, wet Thursday so much better. Thank you!

Check out the article here: VersaChalk – Top 10 Coolest Chalkboard Invitations