Besides working on blog and graphics for clients, I have been thinking of ways to expand and bring new life into my business. One thing I have been working toward is incorporating more face-to-face time with my clients. Since its beginning my business has been pretty much 100% virtual, with a few exceptions of local clientele.
I want that to change with the New Year but I am not waiting around until 2013 to start. That is where Skype comes in. If both parties have an account you can call or video chat for free. You can’t beat that. Besides some issues with drop video calls, I’ve been able to use Skype with ease. Having face-to-face time with client no matter where you live is a great thing.
Secondly, I want to build up my local clientele. It’s one of the reasons behind the start of Operation CoWork. I want to have the ability to meet with clients in a professional space. I have conducted client meetings in the past at Starbucks, Barnes and Nobles, and even McDonalds. Hey, when you work from home and for security reason don’t want to hold meeting there you have to used what’s available to you.
In fact I was able to meet Sylvia, one of my client last month. For a week I did a trial run of conducting my business from Manhattan (Brooklyn will forever be home base though) and informed my clients of such just in case they were in the area. The experience was great and I can’t wait to do more often.
I identify and introduce myself as a Web Designer but in this last year and half I have become much more than that. I’m continuously learning beyond what I was taught in the classroom plus my client request keeps me on my toes. I’ve realized that I have so much information that I would like to share.
This brings me to the next phase in my business. Coming in October I will be conducting Seminars and Classes focusing on the topics such as freelancing, business, and the important of having a web presence, blogging, and more. It will be apart of my Back to School/Back to Business initiative.
If you are interested and would like to be notified when and where the Seminars and Classes will take place, please sign up using the form below or this link. FYI: The Seminars and Classes will be taking place only in the New York City Area. I may also add Webminars to the mix in the future.