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Advice from an Apple Tech: Why it's essential to build a referral network

Chris Barylick | Feb. 11, 2015
No person is an island, and in the world of tech consulting, you're going to need both help and allies along the way.

In the wake of one of the worst mistakes in my tech career, I became aware of an outfit that could handle something I have yet to feel completely comfortable with. The business is top notch, professional, and I now have a place where I can take my hardest projects if need be.

Even if you currently have reservations about setting up a referral system, remember that this is part of the job. No single person can do everything, nor would they be expected to, and it's still helpful to be able to point someone in the right direction, especially if the person you're referencing can do a great job. Check around, see who your neighbors are, see what their strengths are, see what formal or informal agreements you can come up with, and work from there.

It's not a matter of pride or ego as it is helping someone when they need it. Keep this in mind, have reliable people on hand and this can only help in the long run.


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