We are all living in the rush world. Everyone need to do thing fast and your clients are among them. They want to start their marketing campaigns or launch their website as soon as possible. So, they push you to finish and deliver their projects fast. But there are limitations in human and time resources for you, especially you are a freelancer or your company is just a small team. Here are my advices for you to finish your clients’ projects on time.
Know your limits
You need to know how much work you (or your team) can take within a month. You may get the most profitable projects from the biggest client in town, but if you can’t deliver on time, you are done. So, it’s important to know your limits. If you and your team can only finish one website design per month, don’t accept two websites. If you and your team can only design three designs per day, don’t schedule five per day. It’s simple but hard to keep it that way. I know you are just a startup and you want to accept every profitable projects but accepting beyond your limit makes your business hurt.
This one is linked to the previous one. You need to know when you have to say “No”. Your current clients are more important than your future client. You need to finish your current clients’ projects before accepting the new ones.
You need to try to get maximum satisfaction from your current clients so that they will return to you when they have new projects or they will recommend you to their friends. So, don’t be afraid to say “No” to your future client when you don’t finish your current projects yet.
What’s your “Backup plan”?
Even if you only accept the projects by your limits, there are still chances you can’t finish those on time. Your computer’s broken or internet connectivity is down for a few days or whatever. For those situations, you can solve your problems by teaming up with the freelancers you know and trust. It’s always good to have the option of outsourcing work to other creative professionals so that you can deliver the projects on time and your partners can make extra money.
Know your client
Knowing your client’s needs can help you to reduce your working hours and make your projects to finish fast. You need to ask simple but important questions to your client first. What they need to be done, what are their target customers, how you can make a perfect fit to him and his customers, you can learn a lot from him by asking questions. You can identify a nightmare client before even starting the project by that way. With this simple trick, you can reduce the non-essential works from your project and deliver it on time.
These are just my opinions to help you to keep in your design schedule and make the most out of it. Don’t be shy to comment your experiences and ideas in the comment section.