The importance of a really good network

I’d like to start this blog post by thanking Roxana Vidal-Shand, a former colleague from my IBM days, for saving my butt this past week. She is a very talented designer and business woman who is based in Nova Scotia. You can check out her website here: http://www.fromcitytosea.com/.

You see, for the first time in my business, I over-extended myself and realized that I needed to call upon my network for some help on something that I couldn’t fix myself. Because I have met so many great people along the way in my career, I was able to find someone who was better than me at a particular skill, and who knew how to fix my client’s request. I am of course going to compensate her for her time!

I learned a very big lesson this month about setting client expectations. I will now let them know when there is probably someone else who is better at doing the job than myself. That is why, I want to grow my network of people who are “really good at stuff that I don’t know how to do.” That way, if the situation happens again, I can contact those people asap.

So, this is your opportunity to pitch your services to me. If you’re really good at a specific service related to digital marketing, design, development, UX, social media, mobile, etc. please send me your details in the comments section below. Better yet, connect with me on LinkedIn and describe what you do and why you are awesome at it. You never know when I’m going to need your help.

FYI – I’m really good at plugging people when they do me a huge favour 🙂

All the best,
A woman who has learned her lesson

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