Ours is a small world, and having a good reputation is vital when it comes to doing business.
Whether you’re doing business with an enduser – or a fellow domainer – or a provider of goods and services – the most important advice I can ever give is to keep your word. If you make a commitment or a promise to someone, then make sure you follow through.
Don’t Do Any Of These!
- Agree to sell a domain, but then, if you get a better offer from someone else, renege on the first offer.
- Promise to buy a domain from someone, but then avoid settling. Give lots of excuses.
- Get a website designed at an agreed price; or some other type of professional work; then “duck and dive” the payment.
There are plenty of other instances that I could write about.
Sometimes It’s Difficult
Let’s face it, sometimes mistakes happen, or the universe conspires against us. At times like these, it can be difficult to keep your word, or honour your commitments.
But if this should happen, communicate. Fess up – and most importantly, try and fix the problem; make amends – or make a plan to remedy the situation over time. You will find people respect that.
And if you should make a plan to remedy a particular situation, make sure it is attainable – and that you keep your word this time around. Because if you don’t, then you deserve everything that happens to you thereafter.
Ned O’Meara – 19th April 2017