I’ve had recent experience finding the right developer(s) to extend my network and body of client-opportunity. Business is a diverse marketplace, so having an experienced tribe of subject matter experts (SME) can make your business agile and ready to take on projects. All work doesn’t always have to fall within your company’s wheelhouse, but SMEs can help you quickly to meet the challenge. Plus fear can be a driver for failure. If you are a conscious learner with a ravenous hunger for each new lesson, fear is moot. There is nothing more frightening and exciting for an entrepreneur than walking into a project in an industry we personally know very little about. Having the proper network of SMEs means that you will likey have a connection to an industry, market with insights to measure success.
Today’s lesson: Craig’s List.
It’s not Craig’s List fault, per se, that they’ve developed a free platform for Creepers and Cons. It just so happens to be the perfect habitat for that species to thrive. However, Craig’s List can be useful for connecting your various “needs” with “solutions” if leveraged properly. For example, finding the right developer to build a site that looks good, works intuitively and drives traffic can be key to growing a business can be very difficult. It’s asking a lot. After all a visitor’s first impression can inspire them or deter them from moving forward and contacting your client. But how does one go about choosing the right person or developer? One way is Craig’s List. It is simply riddled with folks looking to offer their expertise. But be wary. Not everyone on Craig’s List is on the up and up. Still, not everyone is a narcissist looking for his or her next con. What to do? What to do?
From experience, I’ve learned a thing or two about seeking resources on Craig’s List. Here are some tested procedures that may protect you from falling prey to creepers and cons:
Boy that seems like a lot of work! Well, it is. You need to protect yourself. And importantly, you need to protect your clients who assume you are working on their behalf with the utmost in quality and ethical behavior. No one said being an entrepreneur was easy, but it is rewarding. Take the proper steps wherever you can and minimize the shortcuts. Shortcuts may get you there, but image where you may end up.
This is another lesson I’ve learned in a hurry. Fortunately I make mistakes quickly and learn from them immediately. Take my advice; you’ll save yourself a lot a grief and cash! Good luck friends.
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