The most common meeting I have with my clients is the initial meeting, when we discuss what type of painting he or she would like.
They usually have something in mind: A portrait of his neice's first born baby, to take with him to California when they fly out to meet her; or his daughter's wedding bouquet as a surprise gift (Jim Demetry), celebrating her daughter graduating high school (Ramona Baptiste), celebrating his wife and the life they've built together with a portrait of their children, dogs, and favorite hangout spot by the pool (Jim Lewis), his office manager's late beloved dog (Mark Thomas), her favorite cat (Karen A), his wife's favorite cat (Trevor B), an attorney's favorite football team when the FINALLY beat Tom Brady (former PC member). The list goes on! (Greg Golden, Neeli, Roger, Allan, Matt, Elly, Curtis Turner, David, Rodney, and so many more, I have not forgotten about all my incredible Powercore supporters-gateopeners and clients)
The client comes to me with the idea, and it's up to me to literally illustrate it for them. I sometimes make a mock sketch for them to see before I start with the oil painting.
Rarely do I have an action item for my client at the end of this meeting, other than the simple, "look out for updates on the progress from me!"
My product and service is a luxury piece. I fully intend for my clients to do nothing except relax and enjoy the progress on their investment. The homework ends at the beginning, when the client gives me their idea and/or reference photo.
My client Drew works in commercial insurance as a broker. He does not have much time to take care of action items from anyone he commissions or hires. If a project needs a manager, he will hire a project manager for it. His favorite emails are the ones that say "no repsonse required."
Receiving my updates are a joy for him, like a daily affirmation. I don't need feedback, but he's welcome to reply if he wants.
It is ALWAYS worth the money for him to hire. His time costs more than any price tag.