When networking and building your preferred vendors it is crucial to do a little research on the ones you are interested in. Whether you read reviews or see their work it is always good to know a little about them. Once you have found out all you need to know to make the decision if they are the right fit for partnership, reaching out is the next step. Now I know sometimes you have vendors that don’t get back with you because they may be busy so give them the benefit of the doubt. But if you have reached out over 3 times in a 7 day period or more, red flag! I truly beleive that communication is key.If they are not being proactive and giving you an acknowledgement of your email or message then make that decision and move on.
There are so many talented professionals out there undiscovered or well discovered you are garanteed to find the right fit! Don’t forget schedule that meeting so both parties and get well aquainted and see if this vendor would likely be on your team. What I look for when having a first meeting: Clean and neatly dressed. I like to be causally dressed to a meeting not so much a suit and tie. Very professional and not cursing like a sailor or saying inapproiate things. Has personality. That says a lot about who you will be working besides in the future. The quality of work and products they produce.
Taking a risk and investing in your business is one of the best things you could do. It will speak for itself. All of these things I take into account and gives me a peace of mind knowing whether I have picked the right partner(s). So pay attention to the red flags and do a little research it will make a big difference in your decision process.