Does meeting clients outside of your office help to build business?

By: Sneha Shah

Many small business owners question leaving their work places and getting out to meet their clients and customers.

It is a wrong notion that if you are not at work, you are not working. Whether you should work away from the office is determined by the objectives you want to achieve. There are several pros and cons to this.

Going to visit your clients can be very taxing as it takes a lot of time. Getting a client visit you is much more practical. Basically, travelling consumes a lot of your precious time. If you assume that it take 30 minutes to travel to reach your client and 30 minutes to travel back, you have missed one hour of your time which you won’t be able to use for any entrepreneurial matters.

Also, it is sometimes not possible to work with the client as much as you would like to in case you are visiting outside of your office or workplace. The more realistic and sensible approach would be to meet at your workplace where you will be able to provide your client with all the information he needs in case of any doubt.

However, if you do not have any work scheduled at a time and no clients coming to visit you, you can certainly leave your office and visit the clients. It is usually recommended that you don’t meet at pubs or wine bars or cafes since you cannot work well at such places. If your business is not running up to the mark and you are not able to see as many clients as you ought to see, it is possible that you may end up with lot of time but no money. You can work in the morning from 9 to 12 noon and then utilize the time after 12 to meet clients and prospective customers. This will help you develop a healthy rapport with the clients.

Once you have enough of work, you can definitely afford to stop going to meet clients or ask an assistant to do so.

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