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Rejecting a Client's "Friend" Request

Your new client just asked to "friend" you. You prefer not to mix your work and social lives, but you don't want to risk hurting a budding business relationship. Should you turn down her invitation to network? 

Yes.  It's wise to keep work and play separate.  Maintain a profile on a business-oriented site, such as LinkedIn or Biznik, so you can send her a "friend" request.  When you do, say, "This is where I stay in touch with work associates.  I hope you'll like connecting here."