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Overview of the Online Freelancing Project Process and Freelancing Marketplaces
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Managing Projects and Clients

You found a project you like, you bid on it, and you won! Great—now it’s time to get to work. But beyond doing what the client requested, there will be a number of tasks you’ll need to deal with that are related more to managing the project than doing the work. Also, as your freelancing business takes off, you’ll probably find that you are working on more than one project at a time, and will have to devote time and energy to managing all of your projects and ensuring they all get done in an efficient manner.

Here are some of the activities you’ll be doing as you work on your projects:

  • Doing the work! Of course. :)

  • Prioritizing and scheduling projects based on promised deadlines and client requirements.

  • Answering queries from clients.

  • Keeping clients up to date on the progress of their projects, and providing them with samples of intermediate work for their evaluation and feedback.

  • Dealing with change requests.

  • Handling unexpected situations, such as unavoidable delays, missed deadlines and projects that take more time than anticipated.

  • Resolving conflicts with clients, if any arise.

  • Invoicing for work completed, and getting paid.

  • Writing feedback.

  • Archiving project materials in case they are needed in the future.

As you can see, there’s quite a bit involved here! And you’ll find it all discussed at great length in the chapter Managing Online Freelancing Projects and Clients—at least, once I write it. ;)


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