“I Got A Guy”
Need a roofer? A hardwood installer or an alarm for your business? How about supplemental insurance or IT services? Everyone should know someone who’s “got a guy.” I love to be that person. Being the connector to help put people together, find solutions, and help grow businesses is so satisfying.
Having coffee with a friend this morning, I mentioned networking and how I grew my business into a purely referral business. It is all about connections. It really is who you know. Networking and getting to know people is helpful for anyone and everyone. If you’ve moved to a new city you know exactly what I mean. Unless you knew someone in that city, you had very little resources for doctors, a dry cleaner, handyman, landscaper, babysitter, etc. How much easier is it to ask a neighbor or call the person that always “has a guy?” The more you network, the more people you meet and the more resources you have.
Now, what if you are the one that always “has a guy?” Two things I will say. Good for you and watch out!
Good for you:
- You are someone people think of
- You are someone others trust
- You are well connected
- You probably are well liked
- You are likely respected
- Your recommendations are your reputation
You should be very choosy about the people and businesses you recommend. I send out a weekly newsletter. I used to have a Vendor Spotlight section in it. I began receiving inquiries from someone that had signed up for the newsletter that I didn’t know personally and had not had a business experience with. They asked to be the vendor for my Spotlight section. I even had people offer to pay for the publicity. I had to politely decline. I knew that my personal and business reputation was on the line when I showcased someone. I couldn’t take the chance on an unfair deal, poor service, or an unreasonable price causing my name to be put in the same bucket as theirs. Of course, we all make mistakes. I don’t expect my recommended vendors to never have a mishap but I do expect that when things do go wrong, they treat my referral fairly and respectfully and do whatever they can to make things right.
So, next time you need a vendor, ask a friend or business associate who always “has a guy.” And, if you are making the recommendation – beware!
P.S. If you need a recommendation, here is a link to My Favorite Vendors. If you use any of them, let me know how they did!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.