Do you have resistance to making revisions to your work? I can relate to this perfect world, but it is not realistic to expect clients to have zero feedback. At the same time, you have to protect yourself when working with clients who cannot be pleased, asking for revisions weeks later, or requesting too many changes.
Revisions are often overlooked as a concept in your contract or agreements. Today I discuss how to avoid revision problems, how to get clients to look at your work samples, and why you should do a test project. You’ll discover how to limit revision requests by including clauses and deadlines in your contracts, asking to see their guidelines or helping them build them out, and updating the client’s style guide as you go.
I will share what to do when a client crosses the line with requests and how to know when you should let a client go. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with your clients and (you likely already know this) that you should not take feedback personally.
Here are some things we covered in this episode:
- Why you need a revisions clause in your contract
- Considerations in making your revisions time-bound
- Why you should consider making a deadline to download client deliverables
- Things that you can do to avoid revision problems
- How work samples can help you avoid multiple revisions
- The benefits of test projects
- Why you should ask to review the client’s guidelines
- Updating the style guide and ongoing communication to use with your client
- What to do when a client requests too many revisions
- How to build in a deadline for revisions
- Ways to respond to having too many collaborators on a project
- Giving clients suggestions for communicating revisions
- When to know that it is time to let a client go
- Why you shouldn’t take feedback personally
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Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 10,000 people.
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