You have a client meeting or you want to show a product demo to a potential Venture Cap but you are running your business from home! What do you do in such a scenario? Calling the client home wouldnt be a good idea and you cant arrange for a office space for a short period… Here are some options!
Lot of people I know are running their business from Barista’s, Cafe Coffee Day and the likes of Coffee places which have mushroomed all over the country. Are the clients minding it? I dont think so…
PlugHR sets up & runs HR department for organizations. Its based out of Bombay and most of the meetings are conducted at Barista. All one needs is a Laptop, a Datacard and some good Coffee.
For a important client meeting when you need to impress the client go to a cofee shop of the nearest Five Star Hotel! Most of them would have WiFi connection but you will need to pay for it.
There are Coffee shops cropping up which offer free WiFi. You will need to just ask around for one in your city.
In Bombay there is Bagel Shop at Carter Road, Bandra Which provides free Wifi and at any given point of time you will find more people doing business then chilling. Another option is Coffee World (or somthing) again at carter road which has free WiFi.
You can lease an Virtual Office space at places like Regus (Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi and Pune) where you get services like Reception and concierge services, Administrative support, Telephone Answering, Meeting Rooms and more. The cost is not much and the facilities provided are professional. You can straight away print the address on your Business Cards and you are good to go.
The last option which some people/offices are offering is of Coworking. Frankly i had never heard about it till i read about it on Kiruba’s Blog and he is providing this at his office space.
What is Coworking? Typically work-at-home professionals or independent contractors or people who travel frequently end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space. You can read more about it here.
So if you know of any such places for people to conduct their business without really having to spend money, do comment about it.