It’s gonna be a NO from me.

Maddy Beard
4 min readAug 14, 2023

When and how to say no to opportunities as a creative.

several images of signage saying “no”
Various images from Unsplash

Today I want to talk about saying no. Until recently, I was bad at this… like really bad. I would say yes to everything, answer all my DMs, work for free, pick up other peoples’ slack, until I was so drained I didn’t even know why I was pursuing design anymore. Have you ever felt like this? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏿‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️