It’s not personal, it’s just business.

It’s not personal, it’s just business.

I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase.  They say it like 500 million times in The Godfather.  But that’s a movie about the mafia, and I’m pretty sure we can all agree their ethics are questionable at best.  Besides, I don’t think they really believe it either.

In my experience, what you do in your business is a very good example of how you really are.

If you don’t fulfill your contracts, chances are you don’t keep promises to your kids or spouse.

If you lie about how much you made last year, chances are you are lying about your college GPA, or maybe your degree.

My point here is, if you treat people poorly, it will come back to bite you in the end.

Here’s a for instance…

My friend runs his own business building computers.  This summer has been crazy busy for him, and he had a few clients who needed older computers rebuilt.  At this moment, his schedule is booked up through the fall, but he didn’t want to leave his customers hanging.

In an effort to make everyone happy, he offered the work as a subcontract to a friend who needed a few extra bucks.

The friend did the work, and everyone seemed happy.  My friend was super ecstatic about the arrangement, until he found out that the guy he asked to do the work left HIS card with the clients.

What’s up with that?  Is it ethical to do that?

For me, there is no gap between business and personal.  My business IS personal.  I take pride in my business, and in my work, and I don’t want anyone to say, “She does good work, but she’s kind of a jerk…”

I think this huge discrepancy between business and personal is the exact reason why so many entrepreneurs are failing these days.  If you can’t be ethical in your business, I don’t think you can be ethical in your life.

What do you think?  Should there be a separation between business and personal?


5 Responses to It’s not personal, it’s just business.

  1. Nope…there shouldn’t be! I totally agree with you. Your name is attached to your work. Your work in a sense IS you! People worry more about what they wear or what they drive ruining their “street cred” more than doing a crappy job at work. Now that’s sad. Boo on the business card guy. And I feel really bad for your friend. He can fix my computer any time he’s in town. LOL!

  2. Oh such an interesting question! Of course business is personal because we’re all human and we interact as people not as machines. So I totally agree a bad or tough business call can ruin a relationship – I guess we’ve just gotta decide which is ultimately more important….


  3. As an entrepreneur your business is an extension, and expression, of you. So if you’re not operating ethically in your biz…of course it reflects on you personally. I couldn’t agree more, Amanda.

    The friend of a friend who left his biz card with the clients was very short-sighted. He may get a job or two from those clients but he’s traded that for what could have been in the long-term…a stream of continuing clients he didn’t have to go out and find had he behaved ethically and continued to sub-contract for your friend.

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