The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker: who are your go-to experts?

No woman is an island, and as we manage our crazy-busy lives, we all rely on other people to keep us in order and help us save money. In the village days of yore, those service providers were once neighborhood based (and dependably around for years)- the butcher, the baker and candlestick maker, to name a few. You developed a relationship by frequenting their shop, they in turn got to know you well, and you could trust them to keep your home and life in order–while saving you money when they could.

Today, that kind of long-term loyalty is harder to find and sustain. Service professionals go in and out of business, change careers, move, and retire. We are left bereft, wondering where-oh-where we find another reliable resource. On the other hand, we have become less loyal (and dependable) as customers. As a time management expert, I know that over-busy schedules often lead to putting off repair and maintenance chores–which means, two years can go by with the same bag of clothes in the front closet waiting to go to the tailor. Or pictures waiting to be hung. We have also become bargain hunters, and with more options out there than ever before, we may always be looking for the next best price.

I’m all for finding a bargain, but I believe there are some key professionals you must take the time to find and build a relationship with, by going to them frequently enough that they get to know and like you as a loyal customer. Hopefully you will be repaid with quicker service, more practical solutions, and professionals who will look for ways to save you money, rather than gouging you or charging you for things you don’t really need. And, if time is money, think how relationships prove valuable in time.

Knowing that neighborhood pharmacist makes all the difference when a child needs cough medicine in the middle of the night. Think of the emergencies that can happen when you can’t get into your apartment because the lock has jammed—years of friendship with the hardware store owner down the block can prove crucial in a speedy house visit.

Here’s my suggested list of the Go-To Experts who I believe are worth investing time in. This is the team that can help extend the life of your car, home, wardrobe, energy and bank account. Are there any others you would add to the list?

  • Handyman
  • Mechanic
  • Tailor
  • Shoemaker
  • Professional Organizer
  • Nutritionist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Bank Teller
  • Pharmacist

How mindfully do you work at developing these relationships by becoming a regular, well known customer? Hopefully by building these relationships they can help save you time, money and there’s also the invaluable sense of support they bring to your life. Women seem, by nature, forever guilty of “trying to do it all”. With a dependable team of go-to experts, we can come pretty close -they are the magic behind the curtain. Take time to get to know them.

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8 Responses to The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker: who are your go-to experts?

  1. Claire Rennie says:

    I’d add an Alexander Technique Teacher – to enhance and extend your own healthy life – but maybe i’m biased! And your hairdresser. And a gardener or landscape designer.

    • julie says:

      Great add’s Claire…Why NOT your Alexander Technique Teacher?! I love hearing about everyone’s go-to team–this is how we learn from each other’s great finds!

  2. Debra Russell says:

    I would add a seamstress (I’m petite so everything has to be tailored) and a good house cleaner. I’m still trying to find a good shoemaker since moving!

    From a business standpoint, I think the go-to experts have to include:
    Business Coach (yeah, shameless plug)
    Web Designer (I use wordpress which makes it mostly DIY, but there are still times when I need to ask questions)
    Virtual Assistant (for all the things that are not the best use of my time!)

  3. Anonymous says:

    i dont know anyone who still goes to the shoemaker

  4. Aanel says:

    What is “Professional” (number 5)? That looks like a typo. What’s the missing word?

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