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Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by King_James, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. King_James

    King_James Regular Member

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    Some people that work in the Offline business, work from home.

    How you handle it?
    You are a business man and you sell to other people but...you don't have a office.

    What you say when a client asks you something like

    'why you work at home?'
    'what if I want to meet with you, I have to come to your house'?

    It doesn't sound professional working from home..I mean I don't care if I have an office or not, but clients do.

    Help?
     
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  2. kkings

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    yeah me too, working from home
     
  3. originalposter

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    With free Wifi everywhere these days, there is absolutely no reason to meet 'at your office'. Common, that's just outdated mentality. If you're just starting out, spend hundreds/thousands on office space is just crazy talk. It would be a total waste of money.

    Meet at Starbucks would be just as convenient and comfortable for most clients. And beside, you would usually be the one visiting your clients (so you will be going to their office/shop).

    Of course, once your business expands, then its a different story. But having an office space is definitely not a requirement for a tech/marketing startup these days.
     
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    There are a lot of communications tools these days.
    If client ask to meet at an office he's not a client. It's 2014.
     
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    "It's a good way I'm able to cut down on my overhead costs; providing you with a cheaper service, but the same quality as others.
    Not a problem, I can come to your business or we can meet at the local Starbucks or eatery and enjoy lunch together.
     
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  6. King_James

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    Exactly.

    Problem is trying to explain these to old school clients.. oh well, it's their loss anyway since I'm just trying to help them.
     
  7. Homer Simpson

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    You could always rent a little office building in a business district that rents them out to people.I have a few around me and if my online work from home business were to ever take,best believe I will be getting me.
     
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    Offer to meet at their location instead, as you want to make it convenient for them.

    Like others have said; you can rent a mailbox in an expensive area and use that as your address instead.
     
  9. Trepanated

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    They only know you work from home if you choose to tell them.

    Also, most of your meetings could easily be conducted in their offices - it is more common for the seller to visit the buyer.

    The only reason you really need an office is if you plan on employing people. When you're starting a business, it's important to keep your costs to a minimum and an office is an expense it sounds like you can easily avoid.
     
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    This !! The best response. It's how you word it.
     
  11. Execute

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    You could also rent out a meeting room for a few hours if it is a crucial meeting. Might cost a quite a bit but will be significantly cheaper than renting a full office.
     
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    This is the future way of thinking, business wise. Props to you.
     
  13. Adrian79

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    It's just another objection to overcome.
     
  14. crazydevil

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    Before we got an office I and my team usually arranged to meet with the client at their office. The other option was to meet somewhere in the Mall. Yes, it sounded a little unprofessional but if the client asked why we told him that we are a small company and in the coming months we plan to move into a new office. In this case, they were always understanding.
     
  15. spaceserbian

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    More and more people work from home, so this is becoming pretty common. I didn't have any clients ask me that, it is not a taboo any more... Just my 2c.
     
  16. viku5350

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    I too work from home. I guess, it depends upon the comfort level of an individual from where he chooses to work / operate.

    If you have clients visiting you too often, it may be wise to have a work space (or a room) independent to your living area. That should be a way to ward of any distractions. Your clients also get your complete attention.

    If you have space constraints, you should hold your meetings at some other places.

    The objective would be to keep your overheads as low as possible, to maximize your profits. That should not however be at the cost of your business.

    Generally, WFH is extremely common these days, specially with individuals in the ITeS (IT enabled Services) industry. :)
     
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    HA HA HA HA!!! This is TOO funny... I had to log back in to like LOL! I am sure that is a real tug and pull struggle.....

    On a serious note, like others have mentioned, I believe most clients will expect you to come to them if you want their business... Any client that insist to meet at your office may just want to "check you out"; which in my opinion means they don't trust you yet... Just my opinions as I have yet to go full force with my offline business....

    --Rich
     
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    LikeaSir, That was hilarious. :)
     
  20. SimonRohde

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    When i worked home i never really have meetings, and if i had, i was going to a café and buying a Coffee for my client.