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Asking for help will open more doors than you think
Everyone wants to be seen as the leader in their field, which means you won't be asking too many questions when you hit a block, but what if I told you that asking questions will actually boost your success? Well, if you ask questions strategically you can actually open more doors than close them, which is great for your profits!
A few months ago I started asking more questions about a certain system I was trying to set up and I quickly realized that I was building a downline of programmers, coders, designers, marketers, writers, etc. and I wasn't losing any credibility while doing it. I wasn't losing credibility because I was asking these questions in private and not in an open forum or on a blog where people could see the questions I was asking and follow it back to my websites where they would likely think "This guy keeps asking questions, he must not know what he's doing".
What you'll need to do is think of the questions you need answered, they'll likely be ones you can't solve yourself easily, and figure out who can answer them right away. For myself, I can answer anything about marketing and optimization as well as lead generation and sales funnels, but I'm hopeless when it comes to coding and programming lol So, what I did was write down a bunch of questions related to programming and coding that were relevant to my own websites, then I sent one question to various designers and programmers, then waited to see what they said After about a week I was getting some responses, and I even had a partnership opportunity on a new website/business someone was looking to open up, which we're still talking about
Below are a few things you should and shouldn't do when it comes to asking questions and you're a business owner.
Asking in open forums
When you're suppose to be the professional in your industry you never want to be seen asking questions that someone else may think are trivial and easy to answer. This is because someone may know the answer, think you're dumb for not knowing even though you might know 10x more about the industry, and they will likely avoid you at all costs. It doesn't matter if you know everything in the world except on little detail, if you ask a question about it, people will doubt your knowledge and go with a different company or service provider. Now, I'm not saying that everyone will, just the ones who are arrogant and want the best for their own business will avoid you and any sign of doubt will devalue you as a provider for them.
Avoid asking questions in open forums or blogs because you never know how many people will see that question and link it back to you. It will devalue you more than you could ever think of, and that could follow you around the internet for a while.
Asking friends and family for help
When you need help you can always trust, you can always go to friends and family members to see what they think. I've gone to my sisters, friends, wife, etc. when I need some honest feedback about a design I had done or a business model that I want to follow, because they will tell me the truth and never sugar coat it like a stranger would.
Your friends and family will give you the honest truth if you ask them for it. Strangers may think they're going to hurt your feelings, and so will family and friends, but at least you know the people close to you are giving you 100% honest feedback with everything you ask.
Asking companies that compliment your own
When I wrote down my list of questions I made sure they were programming and coding related because those are the companies I was going to ask. I targeted little companies that had maybe one or two people running it, not corporations with a team of programmers and coders, because a solo player or duo will be more willing to partner up on a project than a team would because the bigger companies do things on their own and aren't likely to work with a different company on a project.
If you're in SEO, talk to any other type of company that compliments yours which you can't do on your own. If you don't know how to do programming, app development, design, photoshop, coding, etc. talk to the small companies that do and you can build business relationships
When I think of a question I need answered I will usually go to small companies because they are more likely to partner up on something. I have also had success asking freelancers questions I couldn't answer on my own because they are in it for the money. They do a job for some quick cash, but they'll always answer your questions because you could potentially be their next client.
You can PM/DM them and see what they say. If you like their response, you can see if they want to partner up and get a percentage of your profits or if they would rather get paid up front for the work. Usually, the freelancer will want to get paid up front because there is no track record between the two of you and there is no business relationship, but every once in a while you'll be able to get a freelancer who sees your vision and will jump on the opportunity to partner with you and make millions muahaha!
Asking questions in an open forum or on a blog is never a good thing because you never know if it will follow you through the years and devalue your business model later on. If you simply keep your questions in a private or direct message, you will prevent lurkers from seeing it, which means that question won't follow you through the years and devalue whatever business you're now working on. By asking questions you're opening up doors to other companies and potential business partners as long as you do it in secret. You want to be seen as a professional, but you don't know everything, so ask the specialists and build a business relationship with them
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