If you haven’t filled up your gas tank in a while, then the next time you go to the pump you just may have to call the paramedics to rush you to the hospital. Yes, once again gas prices are steadily increasing and Dallas business owners are feeling the pinch. As you know there are many drawbacks to owning your own business and in today’s economic climate when gas prices in the Dallas area are rising with no justified reason, many business owners are trying to find feasible solutions to maintaining their business operations. Here are some helpful tips to keep your wallet from draining.
Set meetings during non-traffic hours. Any meetings you have to schedule should be scheduled during non-traffic hours. “With gas prices being higher than normal, I try to make my meetings with clients during hours where I don’t have to use a lot of gas just sitting in traffic,” says Brandy Adamon owner of The Savane Group, a nonprofit consulting firm. You will waste a lot of gas in bumper to bumper traffic and you can run the risk of missing your scheduled meeting.
Meet your clients at a central location. It’s no big surprise that Dallas is spread out and most business owners either stay in North or South Dallas. Either way gas is bound to be used in order to schedule a meeting. Fortunately, Dallas has a lot of locations where business owners can meet without either party having to drive past their comfort zone or gas limits. There are great cafes and restaurants for business owners to meet throughout Dallas.
Try video conferencing. With technology being ever evolving, it is very possible to have a meeting without leaving your office. Video conferencing services like Skype or even Yahoo! Messanger allow you to set video conference meetings. All you all need is a webcam and a computer or laptop to get started. Some programs even allow you to use your smartphone to video conference as well.
Coordinate your schedule. Think of it this way, if you don’t have to be in North Dallas then don’t schedule business meetings in North Dallas unless it is absolutely imperative. The key to saving gas is to effectively schedule your time and meetings around your schedule. Keep in mind you want to be flexible and accommodating to other’s schedule but also keep in mind that you should not make unnecessary trips into distants locations, especially if you are scheduled to be in that area at a later date.
Correspond via phone or email until a deal is for certain. Too many times business owners drive around DFW meeting with prospective clients only to not receive the contract for work. They leave frustrated and low on gas. In order to mitigate losing time and precious octane, talk in detail with prospects over the phone and via email until you feel for certain they are ready to become your client. If they are adamant about meeting in person then meet on your terms and in a centrally located area.
You don’t have to go broke to maintain your business, especially if you are a service business where meeting with prospective clients is a must to close a deal. Just remember to set your calendar according to your availability and accessibility.