Since I began working for myself, one thing has been very apparent: the majority of my work with companies comes either because of individuals within that company or people who got to know me in the process. Friends, entrepreneurs, designers or developers who follow my work or my articles, who then go and suggest their boss(es) to hire me.
I’ve always been very grateful for this, and as a result, I’m setting up a (very informal) referral scheme. Any individual who is directly responsible for a company hiring me will receive a £100 (GBP) Amazon voucher. Not a huge amount but a simple small thank you.
An example of a battle tested introduction eligible for a referral reward:
John, a good friend of mine, has asked about getting a website makeover. Have you got any availability over the next two months?
Yay, go Brian! You may have just earned yourself a £100 Amazon voucher.
I really hope this works out, as it exists to say a genuine, grateful thank you to the individuals responsible for me having such a varied and fun job!
Terms and conditions will be very informal because that’s just how I prefer to do things. I want this to remain a nice, simple way to say thank you to people who help me out, so I’d rather it didn’t become a formal, rule-based system to be gamed. Loosely, they will be along the lines of:
- Only one gift voucher per engagement: only one person can receive one, not a whole team.
- There won’t be any online booking system or referral code: just ask the person who emails me to mention that you sent them.
- Vouchers will be paid once an invoice has cleared: for hopefully obvious reasons.
- It only works if the engagement comes off: no vouchers for introductions that lead nowhere, naturally.
- It should work for most types of engagements: but any oddities or exceptions will be dealt with as best as I can. For a workshop or development project, sure; for an hour of advice over Skype, probably not.
- Referrals cannot be back-dated: I’m sorry, but it’s for engagements from here on in only.
- Things are subject to change.
- Any unusual circumstances will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis: if there are any grey areas, we will discuss them together.
But if you have any questions, please just fire me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org