If you’re starting out in business, or even if you have a business up and running, but it is based from your home, then you may want to look at a few ways of making it seem more professional. I mean, you can hardly call a client for a business meeting and arrange it around your dining room table. If they are a large corporation then it can look pretty bad and they are unlikely to want to do business when it looks unprofessional and unreliable. So if you think your business needs a bit of a professionalism boost, then here are some ideas for you.
Virtual Phone Service
If you don’t want people to be calling your personal phone line but you have no money or inclination to get a seperate phone line installed, then getting a virtual phone service can be the next best thing. Not only could some of them offer you a personalized or toll-free phone number, but some remote answer service businesses will be able to text or email you with the call details. So you don’t need to on your phone getting the messages for hours on end. There will be professional and trained staff on the other end, so it will look good to clients and customers alike.
Get a Website and Domain Email
If you’re just starting out, then let me tell you just how important having a website for your business is. It is where many of your potential customers are going to look. And if you’re not on there, then they are not going to know about you. So it really is important. Second of all, once you’ve got a domain name for your website, you can get an associated email for it. Many surveys and studies have found that they are much more likely to trust a business that has @domainname.com on the flyer or ad, rather than @gmail.com, for example. So if you’re not there yet, it is a must.
It may seem like a small thing, but a professional and slick looking email signature is going to be important for business. In many instances, it will be the first contact a client has had with you. And if it looks unprofessional and a little messy, then how do they know they they want to do business with you? If it is smart, lists your title, contact details, and has neat social media icons, then it tells them exactly what you’re about. And if they want to access your social profiles or website, they can.
Get on Social Media
Speaking of which, social media is another important aspect of business. You don’t need to be on every single channel that there is. But it can be a good idea to to be active on a couple of them. It allows clients and customers to follow you to see your updates, as well as share and read your content. These days, if a business doesn’t have social media profiles, then it can look a little suspicious to say the least.