There are a wide variety of contact management applications you can buy for your business, but this tip ins’t a software review. The resources that follow are free, will help you communicate with your clients and don’t require an installer.
Don’t miss your conference calls!
Knowing what time you scheduled your meeting is important, but knowing which time zone you scheduled it for is even more important. Always verify the time zone your client is in or you may miss your appointment or look foolish calling to early.
When scheduling appointments with clients remember that Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Savings, Florida has both CST and Eastern Time zones, Alaska uses Alaskan Standard Time with some outlying islands on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time and Indiana has Central, Eastern Standard and Eastern Daylight Savings time zones.
If you aren’t certain what time you should make the call for your scheduled appointment you can adjust the settings on your computers clock or use this handy little trick:
Go to Google and type in “what time zone is” followed by the state and our city/town you want to look up. Another search to try is “what time is it in” or “local time“.
Knowing Your Client’s Area Code Could Mean Cash In Your Pocket
These days it’s not uncommon to have clients all over the country or even the world. Knowing your clients area code could mean the difference between a $500 project and a $400 one. For example, calling Vancouver, B.C. doesn’t require a country code but your long distance rates will soar and your phone bill may eat up some of your estimated profits from the project.
If you aren’t familiar with an area code, look it up before calling. Use an area code reverse lookup or try a Google search for “area code” or “what state is area code” followed by the area code.
Don’t let those letters bounce back, check the zip
Like area codes, ZIP codes are sometimes divided and changed, especially when a rural area becomes suburban. These changes generally don’t lead to national alerts, so if you are communicating with a client for the first time in years – you might want to double check the zip code.