Who do you believe? Yourself.
People will protect themselves and their own assets before any one else – they will harm you to save themselves.
You can hire whomever you like. Work with whomever you like and work for whomever you like.
When you are the owner you are the one that has to make those decisions.
You can prepare however you like to begin your business, but you will never be prepared for the people that you come in to contact with.
Here are my top 10 things I have learned in the last year of business and what to watch out for:
- If someone is too willing to help you – keep them at arm’s length
- Keep business as business and friendship as friendship – no mater who you are – it won’t work
- Make you own decisions about your business – appreciate others advice however you are the final say
- Do not give control of your domain names, email or website to any programmer or hosting company – you can host without losing any control
- Know the difference between a project lunch and a project date
- Know what is going on in your business – never say “oh so and so did that or knows that” You are the owner you need to know where money is going, what is happening, and what people are doing
- Quickest way to losing a friend is money – quickest way to lose a business deal is being a liar
- If you trust someone to handle your SEO know what they doing, what your rankings are – never trust a competitor to do your SEO they will sabotage you.
- Pay your people as promised, take care of your sub-consultants – never break that bond
- The truth will come out, who would people rather hear it from – you or the internet?
“Truth is a tenacious battler, eventually it will come out.” -Unknown
Take care of yourself and your business. People are counting on you, it’s your fault when things go wrong. You have the best interest of your company in mind – and no one else, even if they are getting paid, will.
Phoenix Graphic Designer