April 30th, 2006
Working from home means that you are your own boss, your own accountant, your own lawyer and your own customer service. You do all the job and there is no one else to delegate these responsibilities to. So in this case, you have to get better acquainted with what it means and how it should be handled.
First of all, allocate a separate phone line or number to your business calls. It would be more professional to keep your private and professional lives in different corners, it will certainly contribute to your home-based business.
There are some simple rules that are great when you will have to deal with the customers.
Rule #1 With the customers, Be Polite and Helpful. Be ready to describe your service or product and show why it is better to use your services than those across the road. Offer free samples, offer some additional information on the subject so that the contact is established and the road to mutual trust is laid out.
To go customer-wise, you have to compile a well-presented portfolio, you can find a lot of tips and samples to follow on the net. There are websites that offer you to leave your potfolio with them so that the prospective employer can find you.
Rule #2 With customers, Be Grateful. Apart from showing your appreciation of the good job that you have done together verbally, send the best customers a gift or a personalized note, or invite for lunch. In this way you will prove that they are really valuable and precious, which will repay in kind.
Never leave your work unfinished. If you feel that you are not able to do it at the moment you can suggest another professional, who might have a similar qualification, to your customer. For this purposes, learn your competitors and make friends with them, you can form an excellent team.
You can also ask your customers to leave their comments and complaints at your website, so you can in this way improve your work and learn better what the customer needs.
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