Starting a Business: Defining Relationships

Over the years, I’ve met a lot of people. If you were to look at my Facebook and Linked-In directories, you would find professionals and artisans, white collar and blue collar, stay at home parents and people who have chosen careers over families. Some have been clients. Others have been service providers. I’ve known some for forty years and others for less than forty days. My network of relationships really reflects the broad spectrum of humanity, and I am richer for that.

The other day, I was looking at my various networks and considering them in the context of my new business. As I looked at all of the names, I realized that I was also categorizing them. Some people were

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5 Responses to Starting a Business: Defining Relationships

  1. It’s difficult to keep separate business and personal relationships, especially over cocktails!

  2. Ann says:

    I’m constantly amazed at how business and friend relationships can cross non-existent borders in both directions…. and help can come from the most unusual places.

    I hope your website is listed elsewhere where we tend to run into each other ’cause I’ll be curious to check it out. LOL

  3. Finavigation says:

    Many times business relationships will turn into personal friendships, especially considering that work is where people spend the majority of their days.

    I’ve found that many of the friends I’ve kept throughout the years have been people that I worked with, but then kept in contact with after one of us moved on.

    I also think it’s important to expand your horizons as far as relationships go. As human beings, we tend to have an inclination to make friends with people who are like us or who we have things in common with. I would advise to throw some people into the mix that have different views and opinions than yours. If you do this, and if you can keep an open mind, you’ll learn more than would have if you would’ve stuck with the same types of people.

  4. Chris says:

    In you newsletter you featured an segment called your money for you life. This really hit home because it is true! Most of us work one way or another to make income and then we go out and spend it in various ways. You can learn to save more effectively if you think about the fact that you are exchanging part of your life for the products you buy. Thanks!

  5. I would have to both agree and disagree with you there, David. I’ve been in IT for 15 years and it’s only over the last few years (in which my business has grown greatly) that I realized there are 3 classes of people in ones life (other than family): colleagues, friendly and friends. Sometimes, people can fit into all 3 but, too often, people make the mistake of thinking that everyone – even business colleagues – are their friends. It’s when this line gets blurred that bad things can happen in business.

    My business is built on building relationships – for both me and my clients. It’s just as important though to see the relationship for what it truly is and not stepping blindly.

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