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13 Jun 2018

Every freelancer has his or her own preferences when it comes to scheduling deadlines.

Maybe you don’t want to work on the weekends so you never schedule deadlines on Mondays and Fridays. Maybe you prefer specific deadline days for specific clients. Or maybe you don’t schedule more than one deadline a day even if it means accepting less work.

While you can set your own deadlines, the reality is that a lot of times clients have their own preferred deadlines. If you can accommodate their preferred deadline… great! In case you can’t, the next course of action is negotiation.

Below are five things you should consider when negotiating a deadline with your client.

1. Your workload

Sounds like a no-brainer right? Unfortunately, it’s often the most overlooked aspect of deadline negotiation.

Just because you have a deadline free day next week doesn’t mean you’ll be able to submit the work on that day.

Take a look at your current workload. Do you have any big deadlines coming up? Is there a project that needs your attention all week? Does the suggested deadline give you enough time to complete the work?

Unless it’s a rush job, just taking a cursory glance at your calendar should be enough to give you a fair idea of your current work load.

For rush jobs, figure out which deadlines can be moved around or how many more hours you’ll need to work. Just don’t forget to charge extra!

Be diligent about pencilling deadlines in your calendar—if you aren’t already. Set up recurring alerts for clients on a retainer.

A client of mine requires submissions three times a month. We decided on what three dates he wanted the submission and then I saved them in my calendar as a recurring event.

You can go the big paper calendar route or you can go with Google Calendar. Both work brilliantly!

2. Your work pace

While work load is an important factor to consider when negotiating a deadline, the pace at which you work is equally important too.

If you’re a slow and steady worker or get distracted easily, you’ll need more time than someone who’s used to banging out work in one go.

So that 1000 word article you need to write for a client? You won’t be able to finish it in a couple of hours if you’re not a fast writer.

Give yourself enough time to write, rewrite and edit your work when deciding on a deadline. If you have not enought time - use "edit my paper" service like PaperLeaf or freelance editors to help you.

3. Your schedule

Saying that every freelancer has a schedule feels like a bit of an oxymoron since most of us start freelancing to escape the dreary schedule of a 9-5 job. But the truth is, most freelancers have some semblance of a routine or schedule.

If you take Wednesdays off, or a half day off on Monday or even choose to have a deadline free Friday. As long as it’s a regular occurrence, it become a schedule.

Me? I never schedule deadlines on Mondays and Fridays if I can help it because I end up working over the weekend if I do.

4. Unforeseeable events

Sometimes, even the best of plans fail because of unforeseen events.

You could catch a cold, there may be a storm, or God forbid your computer dies! All of these things can happen without warning.

To avoid missing the writing deadline because of any unforeseen situation, give yourself a couple of days of breathing room and negotiate a deadline with your client that gives you a couple of extra days to work on the project if you want to and to give your client a heads up if you won’t be able to meet the deadline.

This way, you’re covered should anything unexpected happens. Just make sure you pencil in the deadline two days earlier than the original one to stay on top of it.

Sending work early impresses clients but not sending work on time does just the opposite.

5. Missed deadline contract clause

Just as there’s a contract clause about late payment, there’s often a contract clause about missed deadlines.

To be honest, not many clients have the clause in their contract but I the way I see it, if we charge them extra for late payment, it’s the client’s right to set a penalty for late submission.

Of course, clients generally let the occasional missed deadline slide but if make a habit of it; it won’t be long before you land in hot water.

A missed deadline clause is a very strong motivator to meet deadlines. If you have one in your contract, make sure you treat it responsibly even if your client never invokes it.

Negotiating deadlines with clients

Project deadlines are to a freelancer what a compass is to a traveller – if it weren’t for them, we’d be lost.

Clients realize that it’s not always possible for the freelancer to accept their deadlines and are often flexible with them. If you can’t agree to the initially preferred deadline, make the process of setting a new one as simple as possible.

Apologize and let them know that you won’t be able to complete the work by their preferred date. Emphasize that doing so would affect the quality of your work and ask them to suggest another date.

Make it easy for them and give them three deadline options that suit you. In case they really can’t move the deadline, see if you can do some rush work? Offer the possibility to them and let them know it will cost them a little more.

And finally, if you really can’t accommodate them and they can’t move the deadline, refer them to another freelancer who can.

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15 Feb 2016

Bobby

New Website 2016

Mon, 15 Feb 2/15/2016 7:33 AM

Dear Customers,
 
We are happy to announce the launch of our new website:
 
 
You will find also our new collection Bobby along with our new wallpaper collection "Jack'n Rose Junior".
 
Don't forget to have a look to our "Clearance" section !
 
See you soon,
 
Sophie & Gregory
 
 
 
Chers Clients

Nous sommes heureux de vous présenter le nouveau site :

www.woodwork.be

Vous pouvez découvrir la nouvelle collection  Bobby ainsi que notre second book papier peint Jack' n Rose Junior.

 

N'oubliez pas de jeter un oeil dans notre section "déstockage" d'usine.

A bientôt

Sophie et Grégory

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09 Aug 2014

Wallpaper

Sat, 09 Aug 8/9/2014 12:27 AM

AVAILABLE IN SHOPS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014

We propose a "Jack and Rose" range of wallpaper matching our "Jack and Rose" textile collection and in harmony with our Wood Work furniture collection You can find in our catalogue 43 themes of high quality structured vinyl wallpaper delivered in 48 hours.

nous vous proposons une gamme de papier peint Jack'n Rose assortie a nos collections de textile Jack'n Rose et en harmonie avec nos collections de meubles Wood Work il y a dans notre catalogue 43 thèmes de papier peint de qualité supérieur structured vinyl. livrable en 48 heures

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08 Jan 2014

ANDY COLLECTION

Wed, 08 Jan 1/8/2014 7:47 AM

AVAILABLE IN SHOPS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014

MDF room, white the collection comprises a baby bed with or without drawers, a junior bed with or without drawers, a chest of drawers, a bedside table, a toy chest, a 2 doors cupboard, a desk and a changing table For all of these items, you can also order a LED light shelf We also offer you the possibility to print the picture of your choice of each of the furniture or only on the drawers

Chambre en mdf, blanc La collection comprend un lit bébé avec ou sans tiroir, un lit junior avec ou sans tiroir, une commode, un chevet, un coffre a jouets, une armoire 2 portes, un bureau et une table a langer. pour chacun de ces articles vous pouvez nous commander une tablette d'éclairage LED. nous vous offrons également la possibilité de faire imprimer la photo de votre chois sur chacun des meubles ou uniquement sur les tiroirs.

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08 Jan 2014

BILLIE COLLECTION

Wed, 08 Jan 1/8/2014 7:46 AM

AVAILABLE IN SHOPS FROM SEPTEMBER 2014

Room in massive beech and MDF, available either in white, natural beech or bi-colour.

The collection comprises a baby bed, a junior bed, a chest of drawers, a bedside table, a two doors or three doors cupboard, a desk and a storage shelf

Chambre en hêtre massif et mdf, disponible soit blanche, soit hêtre naturel soit en bicolore La collection comprend un lit bébé, un lit junior, une commode, un chevet, une armoire 2 portes ou 3 portes, un bureau et une archelle.

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