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clinets asking wheres your office?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by GummyBrian, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. GummyBrian

    GummyBrian BANNED BANNED

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    When your offline clients ask you if you have an office and where your office is and you dont have one, what do you tell them?
     
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    If you don't have an office, tell them you don't have an office! Sheesh! Why on earth would you consider not telling the truth to your clients?
     
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  3. JustLearningTheRopes

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    You should just tell them you have a "home office". That there is nothing that you can't do from there that you could do anywhere else. Isn't every ones dream to "Work from Home" rather than having to go to work?

     
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    Tell them you work out of your mom's basement.
     
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  5. GummyBrian

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    but that might not sound very professional to them. can someone who actually has offline clients give their input?
     
  6. GummyBrian

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    is that what you do?
     
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    It's better to tell them the truth than lie.
     
  8. Duffers5000

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    Tell them your office is at home. In the uk I can get a serviced office with a phone line and call answering for £100 a month. Most of these places have conference rooms to rent. Hotels and health clubs can rent you a small room for an hour or two if you need to have meetings. Better off being upfront with your clients and don't try and impress anyone, it's part of the reason why you can offer such a competitive service you keep your overheads to a minimum.. You can offer to take on marble floored suites with a secretary but it is clients that end up paying for it.
     
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  9. SamMott

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    +1 to this help build trust if your truthful with the client , amazing how much business i used to win that way. Another one that is similar is if they ask you a question that you don't know, say that you don't know and will get back to them.
     
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  10. GummyBrian

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    first decent answer on this thread thanks.
     
  11. VIC SEO

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    how can you manage telling lies to many clients so its better tell them the truth.first impression is best impression.never forget.
     
  12. Danny1111

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    worst case you can just get a serviced office - or rent the conference room for a meeting
    or even just set up a mail drop and do the above.

    assuming the client is worth having
     
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    Just give them your address no need to say it is at home even. Don't lie but its not very often it comes up. They may ask where your based and always offer to go to them for a meeting or meet in a mutual place e.g. coffee shop.
     
  14. PartyNeon

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    Use a virtual office. You can rent out offices for one day at a time, they are already furnished and look like real offices. Some virtual offices even let you use their address.

    In my case, I actually have an office, a few actually. Before we had offices, I just told them I worked from home.
     
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    virtual offices are cheap as chips
     
  16. stereoflight14

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    I have 6 offline clients, all of them aware I don't have an office. I live in an apartment building and used to put "suite #" in my business address which helps but if asked I just joke about it. When clients ask me about where I work, I brag about the luxury of my job and being able to work anywhere. Swag.
     
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    I do run an offline business from a home office (which is basically a laptop an the couch in my living room).

    For meetings, I always offer to go to them or if they'd rather move themselves, I offer to meet at the very nice coffee shop at the corner of my street.

    If they ask, I tell them I have a home office, why lie about it ?
    I actually have no need for an office right now, and as some other said already, working from home helps reducing costs, which explain how you can offer such good prices (don't forget I'm competing with bigger agencies in my city)

    Quick tip: sometimes I also say that I don't have an office "yet". The client knows I'm working from home at the moment but this makes him think my business is doing really well and growing as I'm investing in an office (probably to hire some employees etc.) ;)
     
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  18. hurn

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    Cooperate with another company and use their ofc. Clients badly need an office.
     
  19. itzpaul

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    Just tell them you work from home and your mobile. There's really no need to have an office and because of it you can keep costs down.

    Most don't mind, they just need your services badly and don't care how you provide them.
     
  20. Danny1111

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    Maybe tell them this

    $1200 a month and I work from my couch
    $2000 a month and I work from a serviced office and I go there once a week to speak to you when you come in.
     
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