As I write this, I’m really tired. Probably because this is what my family is doing…and the girls are in bed.
But, I do have some things to say about today, about the week, etc. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. No. Earthly. Idea.
That is a statement I could make about just about every new thing I’ve ever tried. This first part of the week has been mostly about vending machines. It’s so funny too, because I never would have guessed that Tommy and I would get into this, but here we are. The idea came to us via some friends. They own their own vending machine company and offered to mentor us a little bit on how to get started.
So we did. I had been saving up my fun money for a few months, and I found a few machines on craigslist. They were cheap, they were in good condition, they were bought. I thought that was going to be the hardest part of the vending business. Nope. Remember, I had no earthly idea. I figured we could make a few extra dollars on the side (in fact I was specifically thinking that it would be nice to pay for house cleaning services with it…). This all happened months ago, and I still wasn’t even really leaving the house without the babies, so Tommy agreed to go out and try to place the machines.
He went out on a Saturday and went to as many businesses as we could think of near our house. No luck. Zero takers.
It got to be pretty emotionally difficult for both of us as he went out the second and third time with no takers. You know that intersection in a marriage where you want something done, your spouse is willing to do it, but it’s just not happening and you start to nitpick them? Yeah, we may have crossed over into that territory a couple of times.
Thankfully Tommy is highly forgiving, and I can sometimes disengage my nitpicking ways. So after just letting the machines sit for a while we decided that the best thing to do would be to hire someone to place them for us.
So yeah, I went out with the consultant today and learned about the psychology of vending machines while Mama watched the babies for me.
This. This is what I like. I like connecting with people and about learning about why people do what they do. What they enjoy. It was amazing to see that even in micro purchases, people are making complex decisions. I enjoyed meeting the people who work in the locations that we will be servicing. I didn’t expect to really meet anyone or talk with anyone, but I can tell that even in a business where you aren’t even present for the point of sale, it’s all about the relationships that you build.
It was interesting hearing people talking about their break times, and what they like and don’t like. Break time is important at work, it’s a part of the day that belongs only to that person. It seemed today as though these people probably weren’t asked often for their opinions about what could make it better. This is such a small way to connect with another person, but it just struck me as special and somehow intimate.
It’s fascinating to me the connection that there is between folks no matter what we do or where we go. I love that. I learned amazing things today and I’m so glad that we’re checking out this avenue of expansion. What’s something that turned out differently than you expected?