Home or Away: Where Should You Meet Your Clients?
Whether you're a business owner or an employed professional, meeting clients is often part of your job. Whatever it is you need to discuss with them, you need to present a trustworthy image of both yourself and the company. Maybe you're pitching a new idea to them or reviewing the work you've done for them so far. One of the factors that can affect how you're seen is the place where you meet. If you or your company has a ready-made office and meeting space, it's often the best option. But it's not necessarily, and there are other times when you might not have access to an office. Perhaps you work for or run a remote business, for example. You should consider other options to help you out.
At Your Own Office
If you have your own office available, this is often the best choice. However, consider how professional your office is first. What does it say about your business and brand? Will your client be comfortable there? Of course, if you're an employee, you might not have a choice of where to meet your clients. You might be told by a superior that it has to be at the office. However, if you have more control, you could be able to choose. If the company office is an option, think about the noise level and atmosphere. It should match up to how you want the meeting to feel.
Hire Meeting Spaces
If your own office isn't an option, because it's at home or not suitable, hiring a meeting space can work. In fact, if you have regular meetings, it's often best to pay for an ongoing package. You can find business lounges and coworking spaces where you can rent the space when you need it. It's also possible to get access to lounges or meeting rooms included in business packages. For example, many virtual offices offer these services as part of their packages. They know that many remote or home workers use their virtual services and need somewhere permanent to meet clients.
The Casual Option
Deciding whether somewhere casual is appropriate can be tricky. The usual option is a coffee shop. Although, you might consider hotel lobbies and other similar locations. These can be great places to meet clients, but they might be a bit too casual. If they're too busy, you could struggle to hear each other, or there might be too many distractions. However, if you're only meeting for a casual chat, a casual meeting place could work.
Go to Them
Another option is to go to your client's office. There are several benefits to doing this. You're making the effort so that they don't have to go anywhere. You are allowing them to be in their own domain, where they might feel more comfortable. And, of course, if you don't have an office of your own, it's very convenient. Most clients should be happy for you to go to them.
Even the seemingly simple things in business can sometimes be complicated. Make sure you consider professionalism when you choose a place to meet your clients.