Small business owners, particularly those who create a start-up in their own homes, get to save a lot of money on overhead and commuting costs. Unfortunately, running a business in one’s home presents a challenge when it comes to meeting clients, especially if you don’t want them to set foot in your home.
If you don’t feel comfortable meeting with a client in your home office, there are other places where you can talk business that will help create a positive impression for you to close deals. Moreover, these places won’t cost you a lot of money, which is always a good thing when you’re running a business.
Here are a few alternative places to meet with your clients.
Old-school diners are in vogue once again, so take your client to a diner that serves good food for a third of the price of a restaurant meal. A brunch or lunch is better for business, so make the necessary arrangements with your client before you go.
You and your client can definitely talk business at any coffee shop, and it’s also one of the most inexpensive places to take a client. Some coffee shops even have mini conference rooms, so you might want to scout around to see if your area has one.
Some bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble and Borders, are conducive to doing business. You get access to free Wi-Fi, and you can even have a pastry and a cup of coffee at the in-store coffee house if you and your client need a bit of a pick-me-up.
Public libraries are great to have conversations with clients, and best of all, you don’t have to pay anything.
The park is another great alternative place to meet your client. Choose a park that has tables and chairs, and far from a playground to avoid getting interrupted by children.
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on ways to liven up a boring home office.