10 Questions to Ask If You Want Clients to Work WithYou

10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself If You Want More Clients To Buy From You

The old adage "work on your business rather than in your business" is true.  However, if you're an interior designer, small business owner or even a freelance consultant looking for additional clients, it's rare that you have the time to get away from the day-to-day 'doing' to work on client-building activities.

Nevertheless, answering the following ten  questions will  help you get some clarity.

1. What does your ideal client look like?

If you can't describe them, how do you determine who you should be targeting and accepting requests for proposals from? e.g. size, reach, business model, industry sector, business practices, location, life cycle etc?

2. Does your ideal client know who you are and what you do?
If not what are you doing to rectify that?


3. Is what you're offering something that's going to ensure potential clients want to work with you?

How do you know? How often do you ask this to prospective clients?

4. Are you being interested or interesting?

Are you asking your existing clients enough relevant questions to ensure you gather the right information to be able to present answers to their real problems? Or are you too busy trying to sell your services to them?

5. Are you helping your clients think about their projects differently?

Are you helping them uncover and solve their biggest problems and continually ensuring you understand the real issues affecting their business and them personally? If not, how are you differentiating yourself from other agencies?

6. How closely are you paying attention to the state of the relationship with your current clients?

Or are you just focusing on delivering what you need to in order to keep the business?

7. Are you asking your committed clients for referrals regularly?

If not, do you ask them for testimonials? How could you start doing this or training your staff to do it?

8. Are you holding strategic review meetings with your clients and your team?

How else do you ensure you know what's coming down the pipeline in their business and thinking about how you could help?

9. Are you paying attention to clients, the competition, the market, trends?

Do you think you're one step in front or two steps behind?

10. Are you looking for new business often and effectively?

How could you spend your time more efficiently?

Have these questions prompted you to think about something new or did you have everything covered?

By Jenny E. Plant
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Jenny Plant has worked in account management for various advertising agencies for most of her 22 year career. She was General Manager for a major global healthcare agency and now trains customer service skills to account managers. http://accountmanagementskills.com


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