Daniel Heacock, owner of Supplybuy.com
Daniel Heacock is a pioneer.
He is CoLab’s first tenant on the 3rd floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Nashville and the first tenant on the floor in more than five years.
Heacock, whose has a background in computer programming, owns and operates Supplybuy.com, a one-stop online office supply company he started in December 2009. Supplybuy.com uses third party suppliers and ships to anywhere in the continental United States. While Supplybuy.com hopes is to be on the forefront of the e-commerce supplies, the company’s main goal is to provide great service and build trust within its customer base.
“The Internet causes uncertainty among people,” says Heacock. “Some are still unsure about putting their credit card numbers online. At the end of the day, customers will use and return to your site if you have built trust.”
Like many entrepreneurs, Daniel worked out of his home at first. As Supplybuy.com expanded, the business could no longer be confined to the four walls of his bedroom, and he found a listing for CoLab of Nashville on Craigslist. He moved into CoLab as soon as the third floor was ready.
CoLab: How much did you know about coworking before moving into CoLab?
Daniel Heacock: I really didn’t know much, although it makes a lot of sense, especially with the economy. A lot of people are self-employed because they can’t get full-time employment. Money is tight and it’s hard to get full-time benefits. Coworking is going to happen a lot more if things keep going this way.
CL: What do you like best about having an office in CoLab?
DH: The opportunity to work with other people doing similar things is great. I’ve met several people I will be working with to some extent, which is something you don’t get at all when you work out of your bedroom.
CL: How has the location helped your business?
DH: Since I just moved in, I haven’t seen much of a difference. The business is growing and we are looking at hiring more people, so an office is necessary. Moving from home into an office space was a smooth transition. Working here, the business will benefit more than from working at home. CoLab also is more affordable than a lot of the other options I was looking at.
CL: Parking downtown can be difficult. Is it worth it?
DH: CoLab helps make the parking convenient. I park less than a block away from the building and get the CoLab rate. I like the downtown location; I feel the buzz.
“For me, mentally, it’s good to go to a place where people are working hard,” says Heacock. “It is definitely a good place to network and interact. It’s neat to be part of something bigger like that.”