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Contrary to what many believe, success doesn't result from leaving a trail of defeated competitors in your wake.
While a fire in the belly is an important quality, it pays to form business partnerships with others in the industry. Through these shared efforts, your overall visibility increases, as does the bottom line. Mutually beneficial relationships don't have to entail stuffy corporate meetings. You can network over lunch, drinks, and even email. Be sincere, and you may even develop some lasting friendships along the way.
If you develop a reputation for being high maintenance, you'll quickly lose any chance of repeat sales. To avoid this, put yourself in your client's shoes and proceed accordingly. This includes answering all emails promptly, being reliable, meeting and even exceeding deadlines. While these may seem rudimentary, they are the longstanding marks of a true professional. This type of consistency will build trust in your business and make your services even more valuable.