Freelancers: How To Avoid Cramming When Meeting A Deadline
One of the biggest threats that a freelancer may face in his/her entire freelance career that may cause a poor rating or negative feedback score is failure to meet a deadline. We all know for a fact that aside from the quality of work, a freelancer’s success to a project is also weighed on how professional he/she is in complying with an agreed deadline.
I, being a freelancer with numerous work in progress make it a point that before accepting a new workload that the timeframe set to finish the entire project is realizable and manageable on my part. If I find the work too hard to accomplish, I will relay my concerns immediately to the employer and ask if that deadline could be compromised to a more convenient schedule, where I could produce top quality output. Aside from proper negotiation, below are some of the guidelines that can be followed on how you can avoid cramming when meeting deadlines.
1. Clarity of the deadline
Before accepting full responsibility with a project, make sure that the agreed deadline date is clear to both, the contractor and employer. Remember, most freelancers work from any parts of the globe, so there are major differences to our time zones and this matter should be discussed properly before setting a due date. Ask for the exact time at your place or at his/her place, so both of you will know exactly when is the right time the project will be done.
2. Make a list of projects handled
Keeping a detailed list o projects you have at the moment together with their preferred deadlines will make your work run smoothly and less stressful on your side. Prioritize your work according to their level of importance. Check which task needs to be done right away.
3. Follow a strict work schedule
Make it a habit to follow a strict work schedule no matter how time constraint you are at the moment. Verify all the tasks for the day as you make a head start. Set aside a “time-out” period for yourself wherein you could either have a break or provide a buffer for any unavoidable circumstances that may happen along the way like a family emergency that you have to attend to and that cannot be put on hold or a power shortage beyond your control. These unforeseen events should also be considered regardless if you are ahead of a scheduled deadline or already cramming to meet a due date.
4. Proper communication
Open-communication is always a key to the success of a project. When both parties have good communication from start to finish, for sure a desirable outcome will always be met, the freelancer being able to comply with the agreed deadline while the employer getting a good result or quality work output. Bear in mind that as a freelancer, you are accountable if you cannot meet a deadline. Notify your employer the soonest possible time you can finish the work if you are unable to submit on the preferred schedule. Compromise a timeframe wherein you can satisfy your client. Remember, if you ask for a reschedule for a project, that you have to do everything on your human power to finish the task. If you need to spend long hours in front of the computer or laptop, then do so. Your reputation as a freelancer is at stake here.
I do hope you have learned some valuable insights with the above guidelines. Before accepting a project, be sure that you have fully analyzed the estimated time you will need to finish the work. If you think the required deadline is totally unrealistic on your part, site your concerns to your employer and explain why you need to spend more time doing that project. Knowing where you can work effectively and give the best output should be your top priority as a freelancer. Carry on with your freelancing activities.
About Doree Lyn Nuguid
Doree is an article writer and blogger by passion, an entrepreneur at the same time. At the moment, an active online freelance writer offering her expertise in writing related to the business, marketing and finance sectors.
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