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Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART FOUR: The Business BFF

Friends with Business Benefits The Business BFF | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher Your friends can be a huge blessing to you and your professional success, but it takes a certain type of friendship to make that positive switch. Not everyone can be a friend with (BUSINESS!) benefits…

Over the past several days, we’ve been climbing up the business/friendship ladder. We learned how to navigate the oftentimes rough relationship troubles with the Moochers , we’ve supported the scattered dreams of our Light Bulb friends, and we’ve thanked the many Observers that keep us motivated and inspired to do our best.

But do you know the type of personal relationship that brings the MOST business success?

Those are our dear Business BFFs!

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART FOUR: The Business BFF

Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART ONE: The Moocher

Friends with Business Benefits The Moocher For the past several months or so, I’ve made a huge effort to be more of a social person.

I’m one of those gals who is perfectly happy with spending the evening in reading a book or writing a blog post, wearing my wool socks and not a spot of makeup. I despise the bar scene and it’s like pulling teeth to get me to go out on a Saturday night. (Why do I live in NYC again!?) I swear, when I get married, I honestly think my Bachelorette party will consist of a crafting circle and loads of great wine. That’s just who I am!

Needless to say, my friends are not often pleased with my anti-social tendencies.

But I love my friends, and those relationships mean the world to me. You won’t hear me ever discount the joys of a proper work/life balance; I’ll always have time for my buddies.

But now that I run my own business, many of these friendships have taken on new meaning. And I’ll admit, some for the better…and a tiny few for the worse.

But it got me thinking, where is the fine line between a personal and business friendship? Is it possible to have both at the same time? And if so, how can you balance the two without jeopardizing your existing relationships along the way?

For the next four days, I’m going to delve deep into 4 of the most prevalent personal-friendship-to-business-relationship types out there. You’ve met these people – hell, you might BE these people! We’ll meet…

Let’s do some TRUTH TALKIN’ and start with the most awkward of personal and business relationships…managing a successful friendship with The Moocher .

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART ONE: The Moocher

The Gift of Give

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Are you “Giving Constipated?” Here’s some “Giving Activia”…

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Giving is powerful stuff. So much so, that I challenge you to try to name an influential moment in your life that isn’t associated with the concept of giving in some way, shape or form. Come up empty? I sure do – giving goes right to the core. Giving is relatively simple, yet leaves such a lasting impact. When my sister was little, she used to tear her food into smaller pieces so she would have “more” and then she would give half to me. She loved to share everything –Barbies, candy, stickers – you name it. It was just so simple to her. It amazes me how children can wholeheartedly embrace the simple logic of giving, yet it takes years of strength and energy to remind ourselves of this lesson as we get older.

Are you sitting back right now and thinking, “Brittanyyyyy…I know I SHOULD be in a giving mindset, but how? What’s the point?” Hey, I don’t blame you. Sometimes it’s just plain hard to give to others. Or maybe you’ve been out of the habit of giving for so long, that you’ve forgotten how to give and how simple it can actually be. Here are some surefire ways to get your giving gears in motion.

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Brittany Ritcher The Gift of Give