Well, today was one of those days... almost.
Let me run down the list of what my day was shaping up to look like:
- Today was the day that I was supposed to finally close the deal on a very large medical laboratory. I have been working on this for at least 6 months now. Actually, I first contacted this person 4 years ago. But, it wasn't until a few months ago that our drivers got OSHA & HazMat trained & certified through Integrity Corporate Services.
- Had a delivery set up for General Dynamics to go from Dallas to Corpus Christi. Might turn into some steady work with this very large company.
- A company called me that wants us to warehouse & delivery cleaning equipment. The deliveries are between Dallas, Oklahoma & Arkansas.
- Another company wants us to warehouse & deliver HazMat materials in Dallas.
Oh yeah, today was looking to be one of those great days indeed. But, like a set of dominoes, every one of them came crashing down.
- My contact at the medical lab had to leave town for a family emergency. So, everything is just put on hold.
- The guy from GD called back and said that his customer decided to do their own deliveries and they would not need to use our service.
- After I got all the details about the warehousing and delivery for the cleaning equipment, I realized that our warehouse is not large enough to store the customers 20' containers. Yes, we are still a small time operation :-) But, being a good neighbor I did give the customer the name & number to one of our local competitors that I thought could do the job. See there is such a thing as friendly competition.
- The HazMat deliveries met the same fate as the GD stuff. Their customer changed their minds and don't want to start this project.
All of this took about 5 hours of my time today. What could have been a motherload of new business, turned out to be a bunch of phone calls, emails, bids, emails, phone calls, price lists & phone calls that all amounted to... well, at least there is still beer in the fridge.
Thankfully the Bible gives us some comfort here: Ecclesiastes 10:19 says "...wine makes life merry". Just like Benjamin Franklin said: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
So, I will happily go home, kiss my wife, play with my kids & be merry.
Tomorrow is another day. I'm ready. How about you?