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Did you Miss your Freelance Writing Deadline?

Almost every freelance writing project comes with a deadline. No matter if you get one day to complete the job or longer than a month, you must keep your deadline in mind and do whatever it takes to submit the final piece on time.

But what if I miss my deadline? This is a common fear among freelance writers. Regardless of how organized you are, there will probably come a time when you get behind and miss a deadline. In some cases, you may not even know what happened until the deadline has come and gone.

Here is the best thing you can do: contact your client as soon as possible to apologize. Don’t make excuses. Instead, tell them that you got caught up with other work and you are going to be a bit late with delivery.

Of course, the next step is simple: finish the job as soon as possible. Yes, this means putting all other projects on the backburner for the time being.

If you play your cards right, a missed deadline may not be the end of your relationship with the client. Although I make it a point to never miss a deadline, this has happened to me a few times in the past. With each instance, I was open and honest with the client about what happened. From there, I sent the completed project as soon as possible. Fortunately, these clients were understanding and did not hold my “screw up” against me.

If you miss a freelance writing deadline it is essential that you apologize to the client and then do whatever it takes to get up to speed as soon as possible.

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