Posted December 1, 2011 in Managing Clients
Miscommunication is a peril that we have to work to avoid in our daily lives not just as freelancers, but as people. Often you may think you’ve successfully communicated with someone and understood what it is that they want or expect and it is not until much later on that you realize what they said and what they really want are not one and the same.
Maybe you have experienced this with a client while setting up plans for a project or service. It’s possible that at the time you felt the communication about what you are going to do and provide went well and that the communication was very open and successful.
Because of this you were even more frustrated and surprised later on while touching base about the progress of the plans to find the client unsatisfied. What went wrong?
Often it is a problem with the client’s expression of what they want, his or her visualization of their idea, the client’s understanding of the logistics of what is possible and of your field of work, or maybe a combination of all three.
Probably nothing else in the freelancing experience creates as much stress as deadlines.
If a freelancer tells you they are up against a deadline, then you know that it’s time to back off and give them some space so that they can get your work done.
We all have deadlines, but we rarely talk about them. Yet, there’s quite a lot to talk about.
In this post, we’ll look at deadlines from various angles including types of deadlines, how to negotiate a better deadline, how meet your deadlines, and what to do if you miss a deadline. I hope you’ll also chip in with your own experiences and tips about deadlines.
Posted November 22, 2011 in Managing Clients
Then we wouldn’t need to hem and haw about our quotations, worrying if our fees are too high or that our clients can’t afford them. Or too low so that we look like sub-par freelancers.
Neither would we second-guess our work, wasting precious minutes and energy wondering if it’s good enough.
If we could read our clients’ minds we would know what to say so every project proposal we submit gets approved.
Every project we complete would be a huge success, and our clients would thank us for changing their lives forever.
Unfortunately, all this is not possible all the time. But we can get pretty close. With a little extra effort, freelancers can get a clearer understanding of our clients’ needs, problems, and desires–so our work can go as smoothly as possible.
If you’ve freelanced through a holiday season before, you may already be asking yourself, “what am I going to do about the holidays this year?” That’s right. It’s that time of the year! We’ve reached another year-end. (I hope your freelancing business did well this year.)
I’ve written about this topic before, but these problems are real, so the topic is worth revisiting.
Even freelancers who don’t normally celebrate at this time of the year are affected by the year-end activities. In this post, I’ll discuss seven dilemmas that freelancers face during the holiday season.
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