The Entrepreneur Forum | Startups | Entrepreneurship | Starting a Business | Motivation | Success

Am I overthinking my appearance...?

Accelerate wealth. Build a business that pays freedom. Join more than 70,000 entrepreneurs and register for the Fastlane Entrepreneur forum. Remove ads? Join the INSIDERS.

Ryan G

Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Dec 6, 2017
15
34
29
Iowa
Hey, what's up, everybody? I could use a little input...

My business partner and I are in the process of starting a local technology services business, and I feel like we're getting too hung up on how we should dress.

We've both spent the last 13+ years in corporate America being forced to dress in mostly business and business casual attire. So, here we are now...looking to avoid that corporate feeling in our own business, but we still want to be taken seriously.

Any thoughts on how to approach this?

We aren't exactly in Silicon Valley, but at the same time we are a technology shop, so there shouldn't be an expectation for us to dress to the nines.
  • Should we simply test out casual vs business casual vs business and read impressions from our prospects and clients? Then make a decision...?
  • Should we decide what our brand represents and stick to that image? Basically, if a local business doesn't want to work with us because of our casual appearance, we'll just move on...?
As I'm typing, I feel like we're definitely overthinking this.

We're meeting with our first business prospect tomorrow. I'm not too worried about our attire for this first meeting since I have a personal connection with the company. However, I feel more concerned about the businesses in the future when we officially launch outside of our initial 3-4 trial use-case companies.

Any thoughts or virtual smacks to the face are welcome...

Thanks!
 

Solrac

Bronze Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Jul 6, 2014
256
368
199
Florida
Hey, what's up, everybody? I could use a little input...

My business partner and I are in the process of starting a local technology services business, and I feel like we're getting too hung up on how we should dress.

We've both spent the last 13+ years in corporate America being forced to dress in mostly business and business casual attire. So, here we are now...looking to avoid that corporate feeling in our own business, but we still want to be taken seriously.

Any thoughts on how to approach this?

We aren't exactly in Silicon Valley, but at the same time we are a technology shop, so there shouldn't be an expectation for us to dress to the nines.
  • Should we simply test out casual vs business casual vs business and read impressions from our prospects and clients? Then make a decision...?
  • Should we decide what our brand represents and stick to that image? Basically, if a local business doesn't want to work with us because of our casual appearance, we'll just move on...?
As I'm typing, I feel like we're definitely overthinking this.

We're meeting with our first business prospect tomorrow. I'm not too worried about our attire for this first meeting since I have a personal connection with the company. However, I feel more concerned about the businesses in the future when we officially launch outside of our initial 3-4 trial use-case companies.

Any thoughts or virtual smacks to the face are welcome...

Thanks!

Maybe at your office you can be casual. But if meeting with clients for the first time, I'd tend to think one should err on the professional side.

You will never get yelled at for dressing the part, however you might for not.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Action Mike

Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Nov 9, 2016
59
69
121
42
I think it is best to have a professional look when de4aling directly with customers, maybe even a logo'd shirt to show a sort of uniform.

Back in the day IT people could dress in shorts flip flops and a wife beater in a corporate office if they wanted to because so few people had the skills needed at the time they could get away with it but that's not the case 99% of the time now days.

From my experience there is still a "right" to be casual attitude with a lot of IT people but there are a lot of competing technology based service businesses out there so whatever you can do to make sure you set your self apart is good.
 

Ryan G

Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Dec 6, 2017
15
34
29
Iowa
Thanks for the feedback!

I definitely want to maintain a professional image, so we’ll adapt over time to find the right look for our customers and brand.




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Thomas Baptiste

Guide Yourself!
Read Millionaire Fastlane
Speedway Pass
Jun 8, 2018
163
262
177
Commonwealth of Dominica
Honestly, it's a personal preference and style is really overrated, but I usually go with a Polo style T-shirt with a good dress pants. The most important is shoes though. Shoes should be classy and well cleaned all the time. I've seen the difference it makes with sponsors when they took in my attire. It's all up to you, attire aside the value you offer is more important.
 

Sponsored Offers

MARKETPLACE Fox Web School "Legend" Group Coaching Program 2021
Hi - I sent out some emails with the updates but I'll PM you now also, thanks. The issue is...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE NEW: The Best School for Going Fastlane (Now open for summer enrollment)
Read the free book, some excellent insights. I also did the website quiz and I did a visual on a...
MARKETPLACE Not sure how to start? This free book will teach you how to build a successful web design business
Hi Fox. Starting the book and got through the introduction. Had a conversation with Andy Black...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE You Are One Call Away From Living Your Dream Life - LightHouse’s Accountability Program ⚡
Chris is super sharp and is aware of many facets of entrepreneurship and can help get your...
Introducing MJ's Personal Unscripted Network, Join Now for FREE!
Any chance to make it available outside of US? It has been available outside of the US on...

Forum Sponsor

Learn Fastlane Business Skills & Get Profitable Within 30 Days...

Get Started Now

New Topics

Fastlane Insiders

View the forum AD FREE.
Private, unindexed content
Detailed process/execution threads
Ideas needing execution, more!

Join Fastlane Insiders.

Top Bottom