“If you think it’s expensive to hire an expert, try hiring an amateur.”
This quote (unattributed) was posted by a friend the other day and it hit me like a water balloon. I think about the times I’ve hired for price over experience -whether a developer, carpenter, designer, publicist – and not ONLY the time it took to untangle their messes, but the ongoing frustration of a tiny mistake here or lack of forethought there…hoping it will get better (but it never does)…. to say nothing of the time it took to GET OUT of the relationship! Just thinking about those poor decisions makes me shake my head at myself. But you learn. And you pay (sometimes twice.) And then you hire experts and professionals and sign the check with a smile.
One reason Community really serves us here is that when we all collectively participate in a certain experience, mission and value system, we often have similar service principles. This isn’t true across the board, of course; you still have to vet people, look at past work, get recommendations/references – do your due diligence. But it makes finding the right people a whole lot easier because you have a group of people who know the world is small and word travels fast – for better or worse – and they more importantly live in their integrity.