E N Brown
said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:
Many moons ago I worked for folks all over the place and not just in the U.S., but times change. Now, many business owners have been burned by hiring people they cannot shake hands with other than virtually.
Now, a lot of my business is local and has been for the last 5 years or so. I do still have quite a few long distance folks who come to me, but the big deals seem go be all local. It really does make a difference for potential clients, especially if you have never published a book, or been on TV or had any sort of notoriety.
I also like being able to have meetings face to face with clients. You get a real feel of personality, character, and biz acumen which helps determine how you will work together.
I held my OH!pinion until you folks had a chance to chime in but I believe that ‘local’ business associations have been around for a lot longer than Google and the web. I’m sure you agree.
Just like the swallows coming home to Capistrano, people now know they can get locally what used to be only available at a distance – knowledgeable people and services for whom the web has been a long time playground.