Get your head out of the gutter, not those kind of benefits. When we first started talking about moving to Downtown Orlando more than a year ago, one of the things we said would be great was that we were going to meet so many new people. We’ve now been in our new home for more than 8 months and it is still one of the best things about where we are. We have met so many great new people and companies and it’s not always about just finding a client that will hire you and pay you lots of money. Sometimes just making new friends and being able to help each other in non-monetary ways is important too.
Case in point, our friendship with Vitamin Water. Someone on our team knows someone from Vitamin Water. Back in April or May the people from Vitamin Water asked if we “rented out” our Conference Room. They were having a meeting and most of their team doesn’t work in traditional office settings so the needed a suitable place for a group to meet. They needed a space and we have it so we figured why not let them use it. Rather than charge them a small amount for the room, we trade the space for their products since we like Vitamin Water products. Every time they come, which is about every other month, they bring cases of their products for us.
The best thing about having them around, even better than their products, is that they are great people. They are very nice to our staff and treat our building as if it was their own. It’s certainly not a profitable relationship but they are good people and who knows, maybe someone on their team knows someone who we could help in the future. It’s never a bad thing to help out friends.