Have you had a working relationship grow into a friendship but found it difficult to differentiate the two?
If your answer is YES, well you’re not alone. ME TOO. I admit it can be a challenging dynamic to figure out. I think being able to have a healthy working relationship and friendship is an incredible thing and I do encourage it always. You might be thinking that I’m about to give you some answers…maybe not. I certainly do however have 3 keys that I hold dear when trying to maintain a healthy business + personal relationship.
Q: Am I taking advantage of someone else or am I being taken advantage of?
It’s ok to need help, we all do at some point or another. However it’s absolutely healthy to ask if the request is as a favour to a friend or if you’re being hired for a job. Sounds simple I know, but it’s really easy to get confused and you could potentially rub people the wrong way if you aren’t clear.
Q: Do I feel like I need to say yes just because a friend/potential client is asking?
One of the worst things in our line of work is to over promise and under deliver. It’s ok to be honest about your abilities & capacity. Honesty goes a long way in our industry. If you are unable to meet a deadline, be honest about it and communicate it. What’s the worst that can happen?
Q: Is the persons view of me going to change based on my decision?
If they genuinely respect you and your work, your CLEAR + HONEST response will be absolutely valuable to them. How you respond to a request should always be with respect and in turn you will be treated with respect.
I’m sure these may seem like no brainers but a reminder is always helpful right? Lastly I’d like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes;