A freelancer shouldn?t be rushing through their work. A freelancer shouldn?t have to do this. Rushing through our work is a final blow to finish a project and meet a deadline due to improper time management and in many cases, failure to pace one?s self.
As a freelancer, you want money, and you want lots of money. The best way to do this is to take on more projects, obviously. However, taking on more than you can chew is stressful, but it is a lesson that any freelancers, even me as a freelance writer, has gone through or should.
When it happened to me, I couldn?t handle the three projects I had all due in one day. I had to hold one client back a day and that eventually lost me that client on all future projects, as well as a pay cut. It was harsh thing to test my limits, and in the end I paid for it. This is why it pays to know your limits as a freelancer.
Prepare your schedule ahead of time. What will you get done this hour, and the next? Will you have enough time to finish this project before you take it from the client? How can you better communicate your schedule and what you can do with your clients? Take these questions into consideration.
Since my mistake, I?ve changed and feel I am more professional since. I meet all my deadlines by writing my plans and schedules down in a notebook. I write and star deadlines. The best part is crossing out the finished projects, another benefit of knowing your schedule is that you know when it is done, it is done. Finished. Set.
Freelancing doesn?t have to be stressful, and better preparing your freelance deadlines is one way to do that.