I am writing this on my Macbook Pro, sitting at a desk in the office of one of my customers. I have a desk, chair and a cup of coffee. Why am I here, doing this ?
The customer is Evolve Automotive and I am here for a few hours whilst they add dark tints to my car windows. Yes they look cooler than Frozen Vodka, but the main reason for the tinting is the increased security they offer.
This post is not about window tinting however (or the gorgeous dipping and wrapping services they offer – see the Facebook Images)
This post is about mutual appreciation, co-operation and the benefits of working with and appreciating your customers and suppliers. If I didn’t have the relationship with them that I have then I wouldn’t be sitting here tapping my foot to Shania Twain who apparently ‘Feels like a Women’. From what I remember she’s a fine specimen of one as well, but I digress …
Despite the image above (which reminds me of a Coca Cola advert from the 70’s) I am not advocating that we all sit around with acoustic guitars and tambourines and sing ‘Kumbaya’ together.
What I am saying is that whether they are a supplier or a customer you have a relationship with them. Take advantage of that existing relationship and turn to them first when you see an opportunity for business to be reciprocated. They might even let you work from their office for free for the day 🙂
Whilst here this morning I have commented on a blog post written by one of my customers – also an active member of the #avyoursay local business group, contacted another customer who is heavily involved in the voluntary sector – with a view to working together on a future project, emailed yet another customer who is also part of my Mastermind Group, – regarding building a mailing list, spoken to a supplier of office space on behalf of a customer who needs office space and made contact with the Director and the Chairman of the governments new Year of Code initiative.
If your day job can become more like chatting to, meeting and hanging out with friends then how much better does does that make your quality of life ?
It’s a no-brainer as the Americans would say 🙂