My Client wants to meet in Person
It may not happen often, but there could come a time when a client wants to meet in person. As a freelance writer there is a good chance that this will freak you out. After all, you are used to staying at home and communicating via email, instant messenger, and an occasional phone call.
Over my many years as a freelance writer, I have only met with a few clients in person. I do this maybe once or twice a year.
If the client is local, you donâ€™t have anything to worry about. Put on your best clothes, get prepared, and make the most of the trip. This may be scary at first, but I have found in person meetings to be a lot of fun. It is not often that freelance writers have the chance to get out and meet people!
What if the client expects me to travel a far distance for the meeting? This is a problem that you may encounter. There are two things you can do:
1. Ask the client if it is possible to â€œtake care of businessâ€ over the phone, through an online conference, or via another method.
2. Kindly suggest that the client pays for your travel expenses. This can be difficult to do, but if you put it the right way there is no reason to be intimidated. I have done this twice, and both times it was a huge success. Not only did they pay for my transportation to and from, but I got a bit of extra cash for food and lodging. Does it get any better than that?
If a client suggests a face-to-face meeting your first reaction may be one of fear. Even if this is new to you there is nothing to worry about. Follow the above advice, and do the best you can to make the most of your meeting.