It is probably pretty obvious that we make professional networking a priority at Calliope (see this previous blog post and about half of the posts on our Facebook page for examples), but what does that actually look like? Well, one of the most significant aspects of networking is giving people business. We don't pretend to be experts on everything and when it comes to things like printing, we leave it to our professional friends over at Able Printing. This brings them more income (duh) and helps to solidify our good rapport with them (bonus!).
Don't Be an Amateur
One of our new clients, Traditionally Trendy uses a diligent, perfected (and top secret, shhh!) process for framing their Peppy Plomas. Like printing, framing is something we could certainly attempt from the comfort of our own home offices, but the finished product would pale in comparison to the professional and polished Peppy Ploma. But most importantly, the little bit of money we would have saved from our botched DIY project would be nothing compared to the benefit to our own and our client's businesses.
Utilizing and promoting other small businesses in your own business endeavors is a great way to live out your principles and build a professional network with endless possibilities for growth.
It Worked for Us
We can personally attest to the benefit of supporting fellow small businesses. Our business is growing quickly and has become successful without any paid advertising—seriously! Not only do we and our clients end up with a better product, but through it, we connect people who never would have otherwise crossed paths and build an organic network of generally amazing entrepreneurs and creators.
Stay posted for a fully redesigned site for Traditionally Trendy and some exciting updates as we venture into new territory at Calliope - Presence in Media!