If you’re a freelancer and you come across another sole trader working nearby in exactly the same field, you might immediately consider them as competition, writes Abdullahi Muhammed for Forbes.
You could, of course, respond to this perceived threat by fluffing up your feathers and trying to prove you’re the best in town, before all your clients defect. But this kind of negative reaction will do more harm than good.
According to Muhammed, this will only flag up that you are on the defensive and probably already feeling inadequate in the services you are offering. It will also rob you of the chance to create a mutually supportive relationship