Your Business Black Book: Who Should Be On Your Business Contact List

Are you looking to make a business black book list to organize your contacts? This podcast has the perfect list of contacts for you to compile for your book!

In this episode, Christina and Corinne sat down to discuss who to include in your business contact list. From your blogger friends to your attorney, it is important to have a concrete list of contacts in case of an emergency.

Episode 106: Your Business Black Book: Who Should Be On Your Business Contact List


Christina Hitchcock and Corinne Schmitt are the founders and business coaches behind The Smart Influencer. They host a weekly podcast where they share straightforward tips to help influencers work smarter not harder. Together they have over 20 years of experience running six-figure businesses. They’re both published authors and run multiple sites (independently and together). They are spreadsheet geeks and workflow fanatics with a knack for creating systems that anyone (even those who detest spreadsheets) can easily use.


Who To Include

  • Include your business accountant and bookkeeper. Christina and Corinne recommend using two separate agencies for checks and balances purposes.
  • It is also nice to add your blogger friends to your contact book. These are the people you talk to daily and could step in and help if anything were to happen to you.
  • An attorney is nice to have on your list in case anything goes wrong. You don’t want to be searching for one at the last minute in an emergency situation.
  • Your site host and tech support guy are great contacts to have for peace of mind.
  • Also, include insurance contacts if you have business insurance.
  • Include your team as a backup form of contact. Your team can include anyone you contract with as well.
  • If you have retirement account contacts you might want to include them to check in on your 401k or SEP account.
  • Campaign managers, editors, and PR reps are also good to include on your list.
  • Your Ad network contact is also important to include if you have one.

“In our industry it is the wild west and things are being made up as we go along, so you really have to make sure you are picking solid contacts.” -Christina

How To Organize

  • Christina and Corinne recommend using Airtable to store your contacts.
  • Take the first page of the book and triage all of the contacts. Pull out the most important ones and create an “emergency contact” list for your business.
  • You should have an A list and a B list. The A list should include the crucial contacts you need to keep your business running.
  • Make a note of who these important contacts are in case your family needs to contact them.

“Create an emergency contact page for your business.” -Corinne

What’s Next

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