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By Terez Howard
If you have children, you probably have experienced this.
My daughter cannot get enough of her grandparents. My husband’s parents live about 10 minutes away, while mine are a couple hours away. No matter which ones she’s leaving, she throws a fit when it’s time to come home.
Once after she visited her paternal grandparents, Micah came home and told me that she cried when she had to leave. “I just wanted to stay longer,” she said, even though she’d been there several hours.
After taking a trip to her maternal grandparents’ home, she sobbed and screamed as we drove away, declaring, “I don’t want to go home!”
To say the least, she loves her grandparents. She learns from them things that my husband and I don’t teach her. She can recite Bible verses by memory and can make some great sugar cookies. Grandparents are an important part of children’s lives because they help kids to become well-rounded, knowledgeable adults.
Your friends matter
Whether your business is primarily online or on the streets, you have to network. Yes, you probably think of making friends with potential customers. But that’s not all. You should associate with your veteran competition. Why?
These older, wiser business professionals can share insights that they’ve learned over decades of experience. Don’t think that they will only look at you as new competition. You’d be surprised how willing these people are to help you and for free!
I was shocked at the first e-mail I got from Jennifer Mattern. She sent me the most detailed, helpful e-mail. It got me motivated to pursue my goal of becoming a freelance blogger.
How do you open the way for these relationships?
Put yourself out there. For me, I hang with successful freelance writers and bloggers. I e-mail questions to them, tweet at them and comment on their blogs. I am not ashamed to ask them what might be thought of as stupid questions. I get involved with LinkedIn discussions and questions.
In short, I do my research and make friends with people who know their way around the freelance writing business.
My toddler teaches
Micah loves her grandparents because she has fun with them. She feels relaxed with them.
Have fun with your mentors. Be relaxed. And remember, these relationships will help you to grow your business faster than you would with your own trial-and-error experiences.
About the author
Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.