Brian Bayford, owner and president of WaterPro, Inc., recalls his company’s first offices: a simple desk outside he and his wife’s bedroom in their eastern Virginia home.
“It was just my wife Dorothy and I and our Great Dane running the business,” Bayford said. “Within the first year, we grew, got a receptionist and built an addition onto our home so we could warehouse the products. Then we had to build an extra driveway so all the tractor trailers could fit. When we reached 12 employees, the neighbors were getting a little upset, so we moved into a real office and warehouse.”
While the news these days may be all gloom and doom, for some professionals in our industry business has never been better. Such is the case for Drago Alilovic, co-owner of First Choice Pure Water of Mississauga, Ont., Canada.
With its beginnings in 2006, First Choice Pure Water offers point-of-use water cooler rentals for commercial businesses. And, according to Alilovic, there are two important factors working in his business’ favor right now: an increase in rentals and a strong push to go green.
Although still in its infancy, the home/office delivery (HOD) market for bottled water and cooler rentals is rapidly growing and proving to be successful for many water specialists.