October 3, 2012

Meeting with a prospective client: before [CFC blog post]

Filed under: Client Communication,Small Business — Tags: , , — lidia @ 9:52 am

I recently received a referral from one of my office neighbors (see my last Creative Freelancer Blog post on my “new mom” networking style). It had been awhile since I met with someone who wasn’t familiar with my work, so I had to some prep work to do.

What to do before your meeting:

  1. Research the client: I can’t emphasize how important this is. Peruse their website, Google them, drive by the office. Not only does it help generate meeting dialogue, but it also gives you insight into what to include in your portfolio (see next tip).
  2. Personalize your portfolio: Bring projects that relate to your prospect’s industry. However, if a project has won an award or was featured in a publication, it’s a good idea to bring it along too.

Read the rest of my tips for preparing for a meeting on the Creative Freelancer Blog.

Part 2, “What to do after your meeting” will be posted tomorrow…

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See all of my small business posts on the Creative Freelancer Blog here.