Don’t Take On Too Much!
Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 10/18/2015 | Author: Stuart Koenig
You’re a freelancer, and you’ve agreed to too much work. I know, to some of us that sounds pretty far-fetched. “Oh, you found a leprechaun riding a unicorn? Poor You”. But it can and will happen to most of us at some point, so you’d better take steps to prevent biting off more than you can chew. Over-committing to projects can translate into missed deadlines, shoddy or rushed work, and loss of repeat business with a client. And you don’t want that kind of a rep as a contract artist. So as fanciful as the situation might sound, keep the following tips in mind when balancing an overabundance of opportunity.
Know Your Limit – Having a realistic gauge of your workload limit is the best defense against over-committing. Go by past experience to judge how long certain types of projects take. Map out your time management skills (literally, if needed, on a whiteboard or notepad) to see where you stand on adding the right amount of work to your regular load. Organization is key. Also, see how flexible deadlines can be on your potential workload, every little bit of wiggle room can help make a decision.
Learn To Say No – Turning down freelance work, especially a project within your price quote and skillset, is counterintuitive to any creative’s rational mind. But sometimes it needs to be done. If you’re overloaded on projects, more work will only make your entire load suffer. You have to prioritize the projects to take on, knowing that some might have to fall to others for completion. Choose projects and clients that lend themselves to the best relationships, most work, and advantageous deadlines (while fitting your price quote) first and foremost, and go from there as far as achievability. Being upfront to a client about saying no might not seem like a positive, but it far outweighs agreeing to work you can’t finish, or finish shabbily.
Get Help – Creatives On Call is here to help, so use us to guide you through the process. A full and up-to-date artist profile can help in deciding what projects fit into your skill and deadline constraints, as well as which jobs aren’t as attractive to go after. COC are creatives themselves, and that’s why they’re so good at helping other creatives manage a balanced workload taking on too much. We can help!