Learn How To Manage Clients Effectively And Never Miss Any Deadline

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How to Manage Clients Effectively? I already missed a deadline! Are these few of the usual sentences in your daily life? You know what? At least you should be happy that you are loaded with clients. Facing the situation positively you know. But, you should be aware of the fact that with multiple deadlines being missed, the load of these clients will soon vanish. Nobody wants to stick around with a star designer who cannot stick to pre-decided dates. So, either you take heed of this fact right away or be prepared to lose it all.

Today, we will discuss the importance of deadlines and how to manage clients effectively. Buckle up!

Say No!

Well, that is by far the easiest way to avoid messing up your deadlines. Say no to work which you think you cannot complete or the work which won’t pay you for your hard work. In business, just like your daily life, some relationships will have that element of confusion which will later on result into unavoidable conditions. Think a bit and avoid such conditions from the beginning only.

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Avoid Clients that Hurt Your Business

This is one more way to not even get close to clients that you cannot manage. How about understand that sort of client you are about to deal with and stay away from them. One of the best ways to avoid mess ups is to not even let those messed up situations take step one. That is exactly what I am asking you to do. Don’t entertain clients that can make your life hell.

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Plan Short Term Goals for Long Term Benefits

Instead of planning for the end of the project that you are working on, you should instead target the internal dates for the smaller modules of that project. It will make it easier to achieve the smaller goals and the overall achievement will show quickly when start inching close to the final project end date. It is all about how honestly you work towards your goals. If you can manage these dates easily then you will easily end up managing your clients effectively.

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Face to Face Meetings in order to Understand Clients Effectively

I agree that in the world of globalization it becomes tough for you to have a face to face meeting with your client but if you somehow manage a cam to cam chat (if the face to face meeting is not possible) then trust me that the level of comfort between you and your client will skyrocket. It is this level of comfort which will help you manage your respective project and (indirectly) your client effectively.

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Use Email Lists To Keep Clients Updated

Managing clients effectively doesn’t mean that you have to manage only your current clients. It means that you have to take care of current clients with the future clients and the returning clients. Now, you cannot expect your clients to visit your website regularly to find out what work you are doing and how much free time you have. There are too many freelance web designers out there. You will be forgotten in no time. So, it is better if you keep raising your hand after short intervals. It will remind all your clients about your schedule and your free time. It will also help you inform your current clients that you are actually working on their project and where it has reached.

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Follow 10 Commandments for Freelance Web Designers

Rules aren’t made just for fun. They are smartly crafted to make life organized. Even the life of a freelance web designer needs to be organized otherwise the end result will be a true mess up. 1WD already published the 10 commandments that can organize your life like never before. Just be honest enough and follow them to the core.

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Use Tools that Make Your Job Easier

In the world of technology why should one do all the work manually? Internet has plenty of tools to make sure that some part of your daily work becomes a cake walk. So, why wait? Just Google for some of the best tools out there that will make life of daily freelance web designer super easy. Remember, you cannot manage your clients effectively if you are doing everything manually.

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Set Up the Perfect Home Office

One advantage of freelance web designing is that you get to work from home. No office hours and no boss to harass you. But, the home environment has its own disadvantages too. The biggest of them all being that you cannot concentrate on your work because any home that makes you feel comfortable will make you feel lazy too. So, it is suggested that you develop some sort of office environment in your home in order to bring in that work sort of feeling even while working from home. It really helps your work and indirectly the clients too.

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Market Your Products the Right Way to Avoid Confusions

If you sell what you don’t have then you surely will raise the expectation of your clients. They will come to you for those non-existent expectations and once you fail to deliver those then they will be super upset. This is why you should understand the importance of honest marketing. Sell whatever you have. Nothing more. Nothing less. Then, managing clients will be super easy for you.

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Be A Star Communicator

Communication is key to every format of success unless the goal can be achieved individually. So, you need to be that star communicator who honestly communicates everything to clients. You must follow the instructions given by clients and show high amount of professionalism. Without these factors you are bound to disappoint your clients.

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Educate Your Clients so as to Avoid Over Expectations

Clients might well assume web designers to be Gods. It is suggested that web designers should clear out any sort of confusion before the project begins. Designers must follow a list of pointers that they will teach to their clients so that clients do not end up over expecting anything from them. Crystal clear beginning is what everyone will be comfortable with.

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Salman Siddiqui is an alpha geek, design guru and seasoned WordPress critic. Writing, for him, started out of ego but it has become the most luring and enlightening career option of his life. He is walking that extra mile for his freelancing dream.

8 Comments Best Comments First
  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 11:04

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    I believe timely communication with the client about the progress leads to better understanding,though saying “NO” is as important to the thing that is way beyond your capacity. I always try to make the client understand what I can do so that they do not set any wrong expectations and thus taking of any unnecessary pressure from my side.
    Thanks for sharing:)

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  • Maneet Puri

    Friday, June 8th, 2012 08:23

    3

    Really informative and well written!

    All the point covered are important, but I think educating a client is the most important one. By doing this you will not just be able make your deliverables useful for your client, but will also give you the chance of saying ‘no’ to make the proposal more efficient.

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  • Aron

    Friday, June 8th, 2012 07:12

    2

    Oh Brilliant work! Great article! I am going to tell my friend about this too!

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  • Steve Ogden

    Monday, June 11th, 2012 09:24

    4

    A good article with a multitude of valid points, especially being selective with clients. It’s hard in the current economic climate to be able to turn down work, but a bad client can very easily turn into a bad advertisment for your company in the event the relationship turns sour. Stick to your guns, work with people you can get on with and manage their expectations effectively for a stress-free business life!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, June 11th, 2012 09:34

      5

      Steve, exactly..and bad client also will cause troubles with payments..

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      • Steve Ogden

        Monday, June 11th, 2012 10:29

        6

        Absolutely right. Always best having a ‘trusted’ cashflow.

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        • Dainis Graveris

          Monday, June 11th, 2012 11:43

          7

          Yeah exactly! From my experience those called “great” deals and offers sometimes can be lucky ones, but usually you’ll just get burned there.

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  • Han

    Saturday, July 14th, 2012 00:48

    8

    Great Article. It has highlighted a number of ways which can help me with my work. I believe the key is communications. Without proper communication with the client, they will never be able to understand the full picture. Human(“My Clients”) always like to assume therefore communication is very important.

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  • Han

    Saturday, July 14th, 2012 00:48

    8

    Great Article. It has highlighted a number of ways which can help me with my work. I believe the key is communications. Without proper communication with the client, they will never be able to understand the full picture. Human(“My Clients”) always like to assume therefore communication is very important.

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  • Steve Ogden

    Monday, June 11th, 2012 09:24

    4

    A good article with a multitude of valid points, especially being selective with clients. It’s hard in the current economic climate to be able to turn down work, but a bad client can very easily turn into a bad advertisment for your company in the event the relationship turns sour. Stick to your guns, work with people you can get on with and manage their expectations effectively for a stress-free business life!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, June 11th, 2012 09:34

      5

      Steve, exactly..and bad client also will cause troubles with payments..

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      • Steve Ogden

        Monday, June 11th, 2012 10:29

        6

        Absolutely right. Always best having a ‘trusted’ cashflow.

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        • Dainis Graveris

          Monday, June 11th, 2012 11:43

          7

          Yeah exactly! From my experience those called “great” deals and offers sometimes can be lucky ones, but usually you’ll just get burned there.

          0
  • Maneet Puri

    Friday, June 8th, 2012 08:23

    3

    Really informative and well written!

    All the point covered are important, but I think educating a client is the most important one. By doing this you will not just be able make your deliverables useful for your client, but will also give you the chance of saying ‘no’ to make the proposal more efficient.

    0
  • Aron

    Friday, June 8th, 2012 07:12

    2

    Oh Brilliant work! Great article! I am going to tell my friend about this too!

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  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 11:04

    1

    I believe timely communication with the client about the progress leads to better understanding,though saying “NO” is as important to the thing that is way beyond your capacity. I always try to make the client understand what I can do so that they do not set any wrong expectations and thus taking of any unnecessary pressure from my side.
    Thanks for sharing:)

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