You are excited about opening your consulting firm. You are excited to get out there and help your clients. You might want to slow down the paces a bit before you charge on through. Edwin Miranda and I have a few suggestions on how to start out on the right foot.
“You are helping other people achieve their dreams, not yours. You want to help them with their business without getting “into” their business.
1) Your communication should lead by example. Some people find it hard to ask someone else for help. That is where empathy comes into play. Sometimes it takes a lot for a person to make the call. You cannot let your ego get involved. Your ego should be left at the door, according to Edwin Miranda. How would you feel if you were in their shoes? Some of you might already know what it feels like. You know how challenging it is to ask for help.
Your clients will feel more at ease about talking to if you lead by example, according to Edwin Miranda.
2) Contracts are a necessary evil. They should be used with everyone you consult, including your family and friends. The work you do is business, according to Edwin Miranda. Use discretion when you need to, including the personal choices make. Some family and friends might feel weird about signing a contract. Maybe you should not enter into business with the person when they feel overwhelmingly weird.
3) You should keep a record of all communication with your consulting firm, according to Edwin Miranda. It is one way to protect yourself. Anyone you work with can come back and claim something different.
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