Today’s latest technologies offer businesses several channels to communicate, from email to chat software. For those who run their business from home, this certainly offers several advantages.
Nonetheless, there are occasions wherein meeting with clients proves advantageous. For one, when you’re trying to land a new client, it is much easier to establish yourself as a reputable service provider. In some cases, meeting face to face with a client allows you to discuss pressing matters in a more in-depth manner as compared to talking over the phone or via calls made through Skype. Also, meeting face to face with clients, especially with more established ones, affords you some level of comfort.
Now, if you are running a home-based business, one of the key questions you have to answer is where to conduct your meetings. Going to your client’s office is one option that you can look into. For one, this is more convenient for the client as he does not have to go out of his way to meet up with you. However, when you are trying to establish your reputation, it certainly does not help your cause for the client to think that you are meeting at his office because you haven’t really set up your shop yet.
Meeting at your home is another option you can choose. However, this is only advisable if you have really gone out of your way to demarcate the line between your home and work life. And in some cases, it is not really possible to meet with clients at your home if you are trying to host a large party.
Many freelancers and home business owners choose to meet up with clients at eating establishments like cafes and restaurants. This is advantageous if you want your meeting to have a more casual tone. Certainly, buckling down to business can be a bit easier with meals and drinks on hand. However, you have to contend with the noise level and you may have to go out of your way to arrive very early to ensure that you and your clients can get a table.
Another option that has fast become popular for conducting meetings is utilising meeting rooms. Meeting rooms offer several advantages over the aforementioned options. First, you can impress your clients with a professional meeting space. Meeting rooms are available in different sizes and configurations such that you are assured that you can conduct meetings with utmost professionalism and comfort, regardless of whether you are meeting with just four people or you are training 45 delegates. Meeting rooms are also equipped with almost everything you need to conduct a successful meeting, with competitive rates that wouldn’t hurt your cash flow. Finally, meeting rooms are accessible to a variety of transportation modes so getting to them would not prove to be a hassle to you and the people you are meeting up with.