|Just because you can, doesn’t mean
I don’t know if anyone else is like this, but I know I, at least, have a bad case of Do-It-Yourself. If I think I have the faintest chance of being able to take care of the situation without asking someone else for help, I will — even if it makes absolutely no sense for me to do so. This can make networking a bit challenging. After all, while part of networking is finding ways to serve your network, the other half of the equation is being willing to accept their help in return. After all, isn’t that what a referral is?
So, as they say, the first step is acknowledging you have a problem. Here are a few warning signs.
- When someone asks how they can help you, you don’t ask for what you need, even if they are the perfect person to ask.
- You spend hours of your time (which you could be billing at $100/hour in your business) on a task which you could hire someone to do for $50.
- You would rather have an “underwhelming” website that you built yourself instead of paying to have a Web designer build a truly professional site (that might convince prospects that you are actually serious about your business).