Projects can be short and simple, (similar to this sentence), or they can be massively complicated and convoluted, (like this sentence).  It all depends on the person in charge.  Below are 3 short and simple ways to prevent a project from turning into a mess.

1.) Make sure the project is a fit for the talent and the talent is a fit for the project

Clients need freelancers that have previous experience with a similar project.  A similar project in the past is the best indicator of future success.

Freelancers need to be comfortable with the scope of the project, skills needed and the proposed timeline for completion.  If a freelancer is unsure about any of these, they risk the quality of their work and their reputation.

2.) Clearly define the project’s scope, schedule, and price

Before beginning the project, it is critical to outline in writing the project’s scope with clear guidelines, firm deadlines, and agreed pricing.  This will avoid any confusion, especially if the client and freelancer will not be working at the same location.

Use the S.M.A.R.T. goal framework

  • S- Specific and simple
  • M- Measurable and Meaningful
  • A- Attainable
  • R- Realistic
  • T- Timely

3.) Review work in progress frequently

On the client side, just because your freelancer is specialized doesn’t mean they’ll do a good job. Evaluate freelancers as you would any full-time employee.  That means reviewing portfolios and samples thoroughly prior to contracting them and reviewing their work in stages to avoid being disappointed if they turn in poor work at the project’s end.

From the freelancer’s perspective, it is a good idea to obtain written approval every step of the way.  This assures you both are on the same page and saves valuable time when corrections need to be made.  Also, it is far easier to collect your fees when both parties are in agreement.

I hope this simplified guide will be useful in your future projects, good luck!

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