Article Title: Never Mix Business & Friendship
Author Name: Terri Seymour
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Copyright Date: 7-31-01
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Never Mix Business & Friendship
Copyright 2001 Terri Seymour
I have heard it said on the net that you should not
become friends with people whom you do business with.
I say, "Why not?" Building personal relationships is
the foundation of your business success.
Because business should be business and there is no
room for making friends and socializing. Friendship
interferes with a business relationship by keeping
people from making the right business choice for the
sake of the friendship.
I say, "No way!" Friends understand the business
decisions you have to make because they sometimes have
had to make the same ones. If they cannot, they are not
I have been in the Internet marketing business for two
years and have made numerous close friends and many
casual friends. These relationships have helped me
personally and professionally.
Personally, I have had the pleasure of getting to know
people from all over the world. Interesting people.
Professionally, I have learned from all these people
and some of them have become my customers. When you
build this relationship, you also build trust and
people will be more likely to buy from someone they
Treat everyone you meet with respect, courtesy and
consideration. This will go a long way in building
friendships and your business. Because in doing this,
you are building yourself, your reputation and your
character. If you appear aloof and rigid, you will
be looked upon with skepticism and mistrust. This
will do nothing for your business or reputation, but
it will probably keep you from making any friends. If
that is your goal, you will then do well.
I have written several articles on how we should treat
each other because I have seen some people be rude or
even downright cruel to others for absolutely no reason.
I guarantee a person with that kind of outlook and
attitude will not get far in the business world or
their personal life.
When I first came online, I was amazed by how much
people were willing to help others and how so many
people built online friendships. It was one of the
things that attracted me to this business.
Places to start building these relationships:
So if someone advises you not to mix friendship with
business, think about the consequences of having such
an opinion. And simply ask them, "Why not?"
Terri Seymour helps people start or build their online
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