I first worked with Bella when my business was still relatively new. The first project was designing her blog, Bella of Louisville. Since then we have worked on various projects — website for her (and her hubby’s) restaurant, fun wedding website for their big day, and other random projects here and there. With each project we have worked on I always notice how we both have evolved — whether its my design style or her writing style, we are both always changing.
Its amazing that because of this virtual world, I’ve been able to connect with Bella. We worked together for a few years before we even talked on the phone! When we finally chatted it was so exciting to put a voice to her emails.
I love creating a connection with all my clients, especially when those connections happen slowly with time because it feels authentic. I think that we all try to rush connecting with others because we are on some imaginary deadline or just need to connect for the sake of expanding our reach — which then feels extremely forced and often fake.
Yes — networking and connecting with others is important, especially for small businesses, but I think we sometimes forget the purpose of it. We try to rush it and if from the first few seconds it doesn’t feel like it will have any benefit we walk away.
To me that defeats the purpose and maybe its because I am an introvert. When I first meet someone (in person or even during a call) I can be a bit reserved and very awkward — its a part of my personality. If we go by just the first few seconds of meeting someone, then I wouldn’t be able to connect with anyone because I am likely to say something awkward.
But when we take the time to actually connect and learn from each other — amazing things happen. With clients like Bella, I’ve had the opportunity to connect and learn. She’s trusted me with various design projects that were a bit out of my scope at the moment (ex, designing a site for a restaurant). Same goes for many other connections I’ve made throughout the years of owning a business — when you make real connections you also build trust which can lead to some amazing things.
So all that to say — connect with people! Build those relationships (business or personal) with others.
And also — look at the blog redesign that I worked on for Bella a few months ago. Make sure to visit Bella’s blog, Bella of Louisville to see her latest post that are always filled with so much positivity and kindness. :)
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