When you’re seeing clients in-person, having your own office or clinic room is definitely ideal. But office rentals can be expensive for a practitioner starting out, and clinic contracts can be intimidating. What’s an eager nutrition professional to do?
We’ve made a list of the best ways to see your one-on-one clients when you don’t have an office space. Here are some amazing meeting locations that will create a great client experience!
1. Your Client’s Home
In-home visits are a huge luxury to clients and this is a great option when you’re starting out and have one or two clients per day.
Services like a pantry cleanout or meal-prep session can be a great way to get hands-on with your clients. These services also help you gain a deep understanding of their comfort level in the kitchen, which will help you when you’re building their meal plans.
Best practice for in-home nutrition consulting is to bring a few bags of tea you can sip together and even a healthy snack to share while you sit at their kitchen table and pick out recipes for their meal plan. Even though it’s their home, you can still create a comfortable therapeutic space during your visit.
2. A Grocery Store
Offering grocery store tours is a great way to meet with clients and have discussions that lead to positive action. You can offer this service as a standalone, or part of an overall wellness package.
During a grocery store tour, ask your client to walk you through their “typical” shopping trip including the staples they buy. Teach them the basics about label reading, show healthier options, and share your favourite brands.
Some grocery stores even have a cafe or sit-down area where you can sit and grab a fresh juice or tea to summarize your session and outline next steps.
For more information about how to design a grocery store tour session, read this!
3. Online Appointments
In-person appointments are great, but you can save your client the commute and let them dial in from the comfort of their living room! Online appointments over Skype, Zoom or FaceTime will let you easily book multiple clients per day without running around and burning yourself out.
To create an even better client experience, consider signing up for practice-management software that includes secure video chat. We love tools like Practice Better and Healthie, because they offer secure video chat along with scheduling, food journaling, and charting.
4. Healthy Cafés or Juice Bars
Meeting with your client in a cute café that sells oat milk matcha lattes or cold-pressed juice can be a fun experience for them. Arrive early and order some healthy treats to share while you discuss their wellness plan.
Make sure you scope out the place in advance. You will want to choose a spot with enough background noise to allow for “private” conversation, yet not too busy that it becomes overwhelmingly noisy. You will also want to ensure that the business allows customers to use the space for meetings.
Giving your client the option to choose between meeting in a public space like a café or having an online consult over video chat will put them in control of the experience they would like to have with you.
5. Hourly Office Rentals & Co-working Spaces
While this option isn’t completely free, it can come in handy during situations when none of the previous options feel appropriate. Renting a private office or an office in a co-working space can range from $20 to $50 per hour, which is similar to what you’d be paying at a profit-sharing clinic space.
Easily find and book a space online using a service like thisopenspace or Breather. Or, you can contact local office buildings and see if they offer hourly rentals.
Co-working spaces are another great option, as they allow you to pay a lower monthly fee for membership, and rent meeting room space as needed. You can locate co-working spaces in your area by searching Coworker.
And hey, don't worry if you're feeling a touch of “imposter syndrome” because you don't have an office just yet. Your clients need your expertise more than anything. Go above and beyond to provide the absolute best care possible, and they’ll be impressed no matter the setting. Don't hold off on seeing clients until you can afford an office, start seeing clients now so you'll be able to afford one sooner!
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