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I have an office at one end of my living room in my apartment. Is it appropriate to see clients or potential customers here? Or should I make
It depends on your relationship with the clients, your comfort in
seeing them at your home office, and the nature of your business.
Because so many people are home business folks now, it is becoming more accepted in
business arenas for people to work from home. However, it's a good idea to always meet
potential corporate clients in their offices. It seems more professional
and first impressions are important. Sometimes, it is appropriate to
meet in a restaurant, if it's a casual meeting or networking activity.
Once you've established the relationship and you need to meet privately for
ongoing coaching or planning, you may feel OK about inviting clients to
your home office. Explain the environment and give them a choice. If you
feel any fears or doubts, go with your instincts and set up a meeting in a
neutral business office, even if it means borrowing a meeting room from a
friend or renting one from a business centre. Location and parking
availability may be a positive or negative factor. If you are conveniently
located, the client may appreciate the opportunity to see you in your home
office. Ensure that there will be no interruptions, set a business tone as
you greet the person, and take it from there. So much depends on the
relationship, trust, and comfort you establish with your clients. Where to
meet will become a less important consideration as you carry on your
business with that person.
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