A fair few of my clients have become friends and a few of my friends have become clients AND many people in my network who were neither, but, could use my services have also become incredible friends.
And this is where it can get dangerous for your business if you don't have boundaries. Because if you're not careful you'll become a friend with business benefits.
How many of us have had our brains picked over coffee?
We've all experienced this and it doesn't feel great and we can sometimes feel like that person has taken advantage.
...It's got nothing to do with them...but It has everything to do with you!
you don't set boundaries with yourself and you don't arm yourself with ways to respond to requests for free help then you will almost certainly have your services stolen from you.
...It's your responsibility to prepare yourself for these requests and situations.
Now the other side of the coin is - you may WANT to give away some stuff for free because you adore them...
...is that fair to your paying clients? And is that person going to truly value what you are offering them?
I say feel free to give pointers but know where the line is and be prepared to 'handle' the situation.
Here are a couple of ways you could handle the situation...
Know your boundaries, stick to them and enforce. If they're professionals themselves they'll respect them and you. AND - you'll be helping them own and respect their own boundaries and value in the process. Because the truth is... if they truly value it, they'll pay for it.
There's a big difference between offering friendly support and actually taking someone through a process.
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