I am happy and humbled to agree with writer, Gerard Kersey as he discusses the reasons why some businesses don’t receive the support and promotion of friends and family, they feel they deserve. (Read: “Why Won’t My Family and Friends Do More to Help My Business?” via the HuffPost.)
Like, Mr. Kersey, my friends and family have been very supportive of my business aspirations. Even when (I’m sure) my amateur “management” styles tested the patience of those who were there in the very beginning… they were still there. Since then and continuing, the Lord has blessed me and my business with a strong support system and I am so very grateful.
In return, I strive to be a professional that my friends and family can be proud to promote. I work and train hard to be good at what I do. I have materials (a web site, LinkedIN profile, and a Facebook page, for starters) that reflect me as a professional (so that they can point to them without hesitation), but I don’t hound them or their “network.” Also, I do my best to be readily available to them (or their referrals), whenever my expertise or assistance is needed. It’s funny – but as I write, I wonder how many of my family members know exactly what I do. Since I’m 8 years into the “solo-preneur” game, they’d probably have a good idea, but the more important factor is that they know – any referral made to “HireAlexis” is one that can be trusted for its integrity.
What more can you ask for?