“Hey Don, I’m missing those amendments that you did two days back”, Jim rattles off over the phone. I can tell that he is about to suffer a panic-attack, he has to deliver the contents in the interactive CDs to his clients in about an hour’s time. “Where the hell can it be?”
“Relax Jim; at the most I’ll duplicate another couple of copies for you” I reassures him as I go through the discs on my war zone of a table. What’s the use of having a maid in our office when I nuke the bloody table looking for a miss placed pen, document, discs and stuff every other day? I find an envelope under a stack of CDs, in it are the discs he past me the other day for the amendments for a job. “It’s right here dude, you sent the copies I made for you along with the originals.”
“I’ll scoot over right now. Give me 15.” I scuttle over to my messenger bag and dump the Discs into it, keys and a bunch of other contents into it. It’s no wonder every area 5 metres around me look as if Israel just nuked with some 600kg warhead.
“15 minutes? Thank you man! You’re a life-saver.” He says gratefully as we hang the phone.
Life-saver —that pretty much describes my relationship with most of my clients, like a fire-fighter —put the fire out before it even licks your ass. As I wear my sneakers and briskly walk to my vespa, I think back to those days, where I had to put out some graphics-gone-wrong kind of fire for my current business partners. They used to be my key clients, I took to them the moment I met them. The best clients you can ever have. Of course, they thought the same of me, a supplier that will go the extra mile even if the dough doesn’t pay for the rent. I was a staunch friend(at least I’d like to think so), in the few weeks after we got to know each other, I’ve learnt that they’re simple nice folks who’ll help you out which ever way they can. Take for example the last time K and my company ran into some cash flow problem, they stepped right up and offer whatever they could afford. They weren’t even close friends, I’m glad that even though K and I had stopped working together on the failed business venture, Dan and G had thought I was worth something, and decided to pull me into their company as a partner.
As I near my scooter, I find this spring in my steps, at least there are people who’ll appreciate whatever effort you’ve put in to help them. In times of trouble, they too will be handing out their hands for you to hold on to. I feel so much better now, I just need to buck up and do my best for this bunch of partners.