4 Ways to Successfully Mix Business & Pleasure

4 Ways to Successfully Mix Business & Pleasure

There’s nothing wrong with pitching business to your friends as long as you follow these unwritten rules of engagement.

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Conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. There’s certainly some truth to that when it comes to romantic endeavors at the workplace. But what about doing business with friends?

It’s easy to create mental barriers between “friends” and “business.”  But there are ways to nurture business relationships with friends–without jeopardizing either. Here are four things to be mindful of to make sure both sides are happy.

1. Seek the win-win.

Put yourself in the shoes of your friend and seek out ideas for how you might be able to solve his or her problems. The stakes don’t have to be particularly high early on; the key is to find a way that you can both benefit from an initial business interaction. A quick win can be something as simple as sharing connections or finding similar challenges that you can problem-solve together. Regardless of the situation, find some way to help each other and keep the conversation alive so you can continue to find situations that benefit both parties in the future.

2. Seek to help first.

It’s always better to give than to receive, especially when dealing with friends in a business context. Start the relationship before you need something by offering assistance, connections, opportunities or recommendations. A great way to initiate the conversation is through two proven questions: How’s business? How are you doing professionally?

3. Don’t be afraid to ask…but be tactful.

 

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