Most freelancers will tell you how difficult it is to get from behind the internet and come face to face with a client. Here is a guide to get you started on basic tips and tricks of traveling to meet your clients physically. You have to ensure you are psychologically, financially, and physically prepared to get out of the internet and into real life, literally. Further, you must know your destination well, the reason why you are going, what time you need to arrive at your destination and of course the mode of transport to get you to your destination. How about you start with a mental picture of this critical information? It needs no mentioning that this is quite more important when air travel is involved and prior booking of hotels is needed. You have to be psychologically prepared that things may not go as planned, you know delayed air travel where you have to sit at the airport for hours on end. Another disappointment often comes in accommodation options when you suddenly discovered the photos you saw on the travel website are not as they are on location. While at it, how about you ensure you have extra of everything from money to clothes and all else in between?
No doubt you must be polite and courteous when you are meeting someone for the first time. If you are like many work-from-home freelancers, you are probably an introvert, no wonder the first meeting always comes out very awkward. Just because you are an introvert doesn’t mean you should do or say things that will compromise on the first impression that you make. Failure to which you will end up looking and feeling like a fool. You can play it cool, relax, smile, be polite and ensure you talk less and listen more as you put your eyes on the price, so to speak.
The other important thing to keep in mind is professionalism when meeting someone for the first time. Just because your client wants to wine and dine with you doesn’t mean you should let your guard down and overdo things. A good way to do this is to maintain professionalism by dressing appropriately. Being formal and presentable doesn’t necessarily mean wearing an expensive suit with a tie. Keep in mind this is a physical meeting and not a virtual one that you always meet on a website online. Last but not least, you must learn how to ask the right questions at the time. You can read more tips online on how to make your first meeting a success.