Hello Teresa Mavrakis,
Let your gut be your guide; if something does not feel right, leave…when in doubt, get out. The potential client is many times more worried than me, not knowing if I am legitimate…one person asked if I am a real person while speaking with me on the phone.
If you are not comfortable with a situation, then meeting at a public hall is the way to go, which I have done for both the client and myself.
Also, others know my schedule for the day, to trace anything that may happen.
Best of luck with your business.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I have an in-home business (plus train at a local Rec center) and always research a potential client first. Most of my in-home clients are referrals so I have felt comfortable with the initial consultation.
For those clients I’ve had who were not referrals, I researched them first and let my husband know the address where I would be. I prefer to train only women in their homes, but I will train men at the gym.
Go with what you are comfortable with, and you could always have the initial consultation at a local public place.
I’ve had two situation where I didn’t know the person at all
My husband followed me to their homes and waited in his car.
Once I felt “ok” about the person, I texted him an ok signal.
This may sound ridiculous but one never knows
ALWAYS let someone know where you are going.
You can always let the person know that you prefer meeting in a public area for the first visit since you don’t know one another.
Here is the link to a similar question to yours:
I like the Skype idea, although it’s not as good as a face-to-face meeting in a public location (coffee place) to get to know the person better and have a better feel about him/her.
I have an in home business, but all of my clients have been referrals so I have not had to deal with that. You might try meeting at a library or Starbucks first to do an initial screening; do your par-q, health and exercise history, goal setting etc. there. If you feel comfortable you can set up your next appointment for the home.