Why You Should Not Sell Snow To The Eskimos (Metaphor)
I don’t know about you, but you may be able to relate to what I am about to say.
I have disabled my phone number and my contact form for a reason, the reason being I am being bombarded with calls and emails from freelancers and guest post bloggers trying to sell me their services.
I do not outsource my work, which I will explain why in a moment, and do not pay for guest posts. For the emails that still filter through where people may have gained access on other sites, I do not normally respond.
For the ones that have problems with me not responding and demanding I reply, I am usually left with no option but to respond with a stern response and tips on how to approach a business.
- Introduce yourself properly and your business.
- Be courteous and professional.
- Never demand a business to reply to you.
- Do not send follow-up emails if a business does not reply to your first email.
- Do not phone businesses and ask to speak to someone in charge.
- Do not send unsolicited emails.
- Build a relationship on LinkedIn.
- Do not use a private email address like Gmail or Hotmail etc, it says you are a freelancer.
- Do not sell snow to the Eskimos (metaphor).
- Have an email signature with a link to your website.
Where the freelancers do not have access to my contact details they are going as far as contacting my hosting provider to relay messages to me. The hosting provider is not my personal assistant or secretary.
People need to learn business etiquette before approaching a business and selling snow to the Eskimos.
Selling Snow to the Eskimos
When you hear the phrase “selling snow to the Eskimos,” it’s often used as a metaphor for selling something that people don’t need or already have in abundance. While it may seem like a clever business strategy to sell snow to people who live in a region known for its cold climate and abundant snow, there are many reasons why you should avoid doing so.
Firstly, it’s important to consider the cultural and ethical implications of selling snow to the Eskimos. The term Eskimo is actually considered offensive by many indigenous peoples of the Arctic, who prefer to be referred to by their specific ethnic group, such as Inuit or Yupik.
Selling snow to the Eskimos (metaphor) is not a wise business strategy. It’s disrespectful, a waste of resources, and shows a lack of understanding of their deep knowledge of the business. Instead of attempting to sell something to a business that doesn’t need it, we should work to build relationships of mutual respect and understanding.
My services are as clear as day so why sell content writing to a content writer or website design to a web designer?
I hear you some businesses may outsource their work but I do not because of the nightmare stories and personal experiences I had when I was first starting out. I learn quickly and I would never outsource offshore or locally because if they don’t deliver the work it is much harder to take them to a small claims court.
Why offshore outsourcing is a bad idea
Offshore outsourcing, also known as offshoring, is the practice of hiring a third-party service provider located in another country to perform tasks or services for a company. While offshore outsourcing has become increasingly popular in recent years, it is not always a good idea for companies. In fact, there are several reasons why offshore outsourcing can be a bad idea.
One of the most significant drawbacks of offshore outsourcing is the potential loss of control over the quality of work. When a company outsources work to another country, it can be difficult to monitor the quality of the work being done. Language barriers, cultural differences, and time zone differences can all contribute to miscommunications and errors in the work performed. This can ultimately result in lower-quality work that does not meet the company’s standards.
Offshore outsourcing can also lead to a loss of jobs in the home country. When a company outsources work to another country, it may do so to take advantage of lower labor costs. This can result in job losses in the home country, as the work is now being performed elsewhere. While offshore outsourcing may be good for the company’s bottom line, it can be detrimental to the economy of the home country.
Another potential drawback of offshore outsourcing is the risk of data breaches and intellectual property theft. When a company outsources work to another country, it may be sharing sensitive data and information with third-party service providers. This can put the company at risk of data breaches and intellectual property theft. Additionally, it can be difficult to hold third-party service providers accountable for breaches or theft, especially if they are located in another country with different laws and regulations.
Offshore outsourcing can also lead to communication and coordination challenges. When a company outsources work to another country, it may be difficult to communicate effectively with the third-party service provider. Language barriers and time zone differences can make it challenging to coordinate work and ensure that deadlines are met. This can result in delays and missed deadlines, which can ultimately harm the company’s reputation.
Offshore outsourcing can be detrimental to the morale of the company’s employees. When a company outsources work to another country, it can send the message that the company does not value its employees. This can lead to resentment and low morale among employees, which can ultimately result in decreased productivity and turnover.
While offshore outsourcing may seem like an attractive option for companies looking to save costs, it is not always a good idea. Offshore outsourcing can lead to a loss of control over the quality of work, job losses in the home country, data breaches and intellectual property theft, communication and coordination challenges, and low morale among employees. Companies should carefully consider the potential drawbacks of offshore outsourcing before deciding to pursue this strategy.
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