Who do you trust in life? Hopefully your family, your close friends, people you work closely with... But when it comes to trusting someone you don't really know, especially in your home, with your money, with important tasks, even with your safety, how do you know if someone is trustworthy? Here are some pointers to help you decide if you can trust someone with important matters:
- What is your gut feeling? I have learned to listen to my intuition because even if someone seems very nice and very upfront, I believe if I don't have a good feeling about the person or situation, I should beware and be cautious. There are subtle signs sometimes that only your subconscious can pick up on. "I just don't have a good feeling about this." OK, that's often reason enough.
- Check references. I am always amazed at the number of people who hire someone they don't know anything about without checking references. Most people will tell you either straight out or in a roundabout way if their experience with someone was not up to expectations. No one on the up and up will mind if you ask for references.
- Background check anyone outside your family who is going to work alone with your children. Anyone. Always.
- Look at body language. Do they seem unusually nervous, avoid eye contact, have to think before they answer obvious questions? That might be a reason to wonder, certainly a reason to check references.
- Have a trial run to see how things go. That way you aren't roped into anything long term and you can gracefully back out if you decide to.
Being cautious is always a smart mindset, especially if you are inviting someone you don't know to work in your home or carry out personal tasks for you. It requires a little extra work on your part, but your peace of mind is worth it.
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Wishing you continued success.
Juli (Omaha's Girl Friday Concierge)
(402) 898-0746 or firstname.lastname@example.org