Learning how and when to say NO to a perspective commission was a big thing for us. To keep the balance of passion for a commission vs business workflow and success is sometimes a delicate tightrope.
This article (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/315585) from Jeff Shuey from entrepreneur magazine asks how you use your weekends. Often times our weekends consist of what Jeff would call “catch-up”, working at the shop, creating leather pieces for customers and then heading off to our secondary jobs at a restaurant. Admittedly, it’s not how we prefer to spend our weekends all the time, but the extra “bonus” hours in the shop on Saturday and Sunday help out! And being able to say “no” to projects afford us the time and mental space to forge ahead in our endeavors with a quicker turnaround time, shorter workload and clearer conscience.