Having a Professional Services Plan is One of Life's Necessities
When my phone rang I answered it. My phone showed that the incoming call was from a close family member so I had expectations of a casual conversation:
"Hey man, what's up?"
Shock occurs when the mind shuts the body down due to an unexpected circumstance. The voice on the other end of the line, "Tim, this is Sargeant Smith of the Sherrif's Department. It is important that you meet me at 123 Main Street as soon as you can."
Every human being is forced to deal with situations that are beyond their individual control. I did get to Main Street. I believe that I handled my personal situation very well, but as I look back on it I realize that I was completely at the mercy of the professional people who were on site to handle everything. There is no way that I could have seen to the myriad of details that had to be addressed. I answered questions and they all took care of everything else. There was no planning on my part. It never occurred to me to educate myself on the processes and procedures for such a situation or to have on call a professional of my choosing just in case. I am very thankful to those who took care of business that night, but I wonder how easier it might have been if I had a relationship with someone "in the business" who could have helped me.
Professionals Have Specific Knowledge Beyond What is Common
There are many things that can happen during your lifetime. We are all equipped to deal with the most important things because we are involved in them constantly. It is the once-in-a-lifetime events that we may not be ready for. These are the times that professional help is useful. Someone who we can trust to guide us through unfamiliar ordeals, transactions, and processes. Someone who has our best interests in mind with every decision that has to be made. It is unfortunate that most of us do not have a contact list pre-made to use when these life events occur.
Lawyer, Insurance Agent, Real Estate Agent, Undertaker, Doctor, Dentist, Printer, Golf Pro, Stock Broker, Veterinarian, Arborist, Contractor, Plumber, Electrician, Home-Owners Association Representative, Auto Mechanic, Travel Agent, Caterer, Fitness Instructor, Childcare Provider, Chiropractor, Mixologist, Landscaper, Painter, DeeJay, Engineer, are some of the professions of which you can choose someone to create a relationship with, at no cost, so when you do need their services, they already know you and are ready to give you their best. This is also a list of the professions that people most often get stuck with whoever gets to them first when a need arises.
Take Time to Choose Your Professionals Before You Need Them
Who do you give your best effort to help? Is it the person whom you are doing your job for or is it a friend?
Everyone wants to know that they are getting the best effort from those they hire. If you take the time now to choose which professionals you want to help you, should you ever need it, then you can develop a relationship that will further assure that a best effort is put forth when you call for it.
Start your list today. I have one and will happily introduce you to everyone on my list because I know that they are the professionals in each endeavor who will do the best job for me and my friends. Contact me at any time and I'll set you up.