Networking…it’s not just for computers anymore

In my day job, I own a bookkeeping service (Moore Bookkeeping), which means I spend time convincing people to trust me to manage their money.

Sound hard? How many people do you trust with your money? If you’re like me, the answer is “very few.”

And not just trust people with our money—trust them in general? Not a whole lot of people in that group either, is there? So, why is it hard for us to trust? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.

Who do I really trust?

The answer I came up with is simple, but it made me think a lot about what I’ve been doing with my time.

I trust the people I know, the people I met long before I needed anything from them or they needed anything from me. I learned to trust them when I determined they were trustworthy.

The one thing I can tell you about the bookkeeping life (and the writer life, for that matter!) is we do most of our work ALONE. We sit in a room, adding numbers (or typing words)–ALONE. Hard to meet and get to know people enough to trust them and have them trust us when we never leave the house…

So, ladies and gentlemen, today’s lesson is this: we’ve gotta get out of the house sometimes! Conferences and clubs and groups…we have to meet people. We can help them, and ultimately, they may be able to help us.

Once they get to know us, they’ll love us, right? And we’ll learn to trust them. Win-win.

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