I have been in business for myself for ten years now so you’d think I would learn and not repeat mistakes from the past.
Maybe it is menopause and my short term memory is shot, but yet again, I find myself feeling ripped off and while I am loath to admit it, I am partly to blame.
It actually all boils down to communication, or the lack of it. Just like with teenagers, you have to ask the right questions and when you don’t, you forge ahead with misinformation and make assumptions - a dangerous way to go. When you don’t have the full picture of what is involved, you proceed unaware that trouble lurks around the corner.
So what have I learned this time?
1. When you don’t know, what you don’t know – ask the silly questions, do your homework and have the other person explain in full what is involved in the project and for how much.
2. Get it in writing, spelling out exactly what will be done and what each component will cost and how the person will be reimbursed, with a payment schedule.
3. Be specific on what you want, why you want it and how the end product will be used.
4. Don’t expect other people to resolve problems in the way you would and then you won’t be disappointed.
I guess I am just a lifelong learner.