Move That Home Office Meeting to a Public Place
Meeting clients in public spaces is a solid alternative than meeting at your office, especially if you telecommute and that office is in your home.
Although almost anyone that has a home office is proud of his or her environment, the home as "meeting space" is not always idea. There are children, of course, that can be a distraction, but so are pets and other interruptions. Lastly, your home is your personal living space, and you may not want clients to enter this highly personal environment.
Restaurants make great alternatives, but have a take-charge attitude and work the location to your advantage. For example, make a reservation and request a quiet table that would be a good place to talk and conduct business. Or, for example, think about other public-site alternatives, like hotel lobbies.
The possibilities are endless should you have a home office and truly do not desire to have anyone--be it clients or colleages--in your home.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.