Do you recommend people to your friends and colleagues?

This morning while on Facebook I noticed a comment on one of my clients Facebook pages “its time for you to get an awesome VA”!  No biggie, I replied with he already has one.  So in my stride I did actually go and look at the recommended persons website!  OMG HORROR….gasp…..oh and then I almost wet myself laughing. The website still had standard template text and was using a stock photo that had watermarks over it.

Not only did I laugh at the recommendation but it has done 2 things:

  1. The person who was recommended looks incompetent (because it was about hiring a VA)

  2. The person who did the recommending has done any research.  This can be damaging on all levels (including friendship)

Always think about recommending anyone before you do!  It could come back and bite you on the arse.