Are you going to miss a Deadline? Has it come and gone?
As a freelance writer, most of your life is built around deadlines. One project is due today, another is due tomorrow, and a third one isnâ€™t due until next month. Keeping all of this straight can be a pretty big task in its own right.
Like every writer, I do my best to meet every deadline â€“ no matter how tight it may be. However, there may come a time when you overlook a deadline for one reason or the next. If this happens, follow these three tips:
1. Contact the client as soon as possible, making them aware of your situation. Chances are that if you miss a deadline altogether that the client is going to follow-up with you. Regardless, it is important that you stay in touch with the client. You donâ€™t want to give the impression that you are being lazy or putting them off.
2. Offer to get the work done as soon as possible. If you miss a deadline, you should push the project to the top of your to-do list.
3. Go above and beyond. For example, you may offer a discount on the completed piece. Or maybe you can offer to write another article for free. This is not something you want to do but it can go a long way in keeping the relationship in good standing.
No matter if you know you are going to miss a deadline or it has come and gone, the above tips can help you smooth things over.