A specific question that all business owners with a LinkedIn profile will have to find an answer eventually is, should I accept a LinkedIn invitation from a competitor? Lori Ruff at Integrated Alliances find that the answer is not as simple as yes or no.
Before making your decision, think about your competitor’s reasoning for sending you the invitation. Also, remember your reasons for having a LinkedIn profile to begin with. If this person doesn’t help you meet your goals and doesn’t offer you any advantages, there’s no reason to connect with them.
However, keep in mind that your competitors likely encounter the same day-to-day problems you do. Afterall, they’re in the same business. Don’t be too hasty when deciding whether to accept that invite. Down the road, your choice could come back to haunt you.
So, should you accept your competitor’s invitation? Unfortunately, the answer to this one seems to be a resounding ‘maybe’.