If a work friend is asking for money, no matter what you say lending can be uncomfortable. If you say no to letting them borrow money, you feel like you’ve let them down. Or, they may think you don’t believe in them. Or trust them.
But if you say yes to loaning money to a friend, what if they don’t pay you back? Especially a work friend. That can get really uncomfortable. And messy. I’ve had that happen twice. Yup. It took me a while to learn how to say no. But also, when and how to say yes.
My messy experiences loaning money to friends
Story #1: Wife of work friend is asking for money
I once worked with a man who was very supportive and often helped me out when we had tight deadlines. After a while, his wife and I also became friends. She and I met at work gatherings and found we had a lot in common. [Read more…]