How many of you have made this mistake?!?
Thread poster: Sylvia Smith
I'm relatively new at freelancing, and today I made an error that some of you are probably familiar with...
I quoted a price before taking a good look at all the work that would be involved. Now I see I could have quoted a higher rate. Oh well, live and learn, baptism by fire I suppose.
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| Hope it wasn't a big job! || Sep 1, 2005 |
I'm sure we've all done it... Just as we're getting a teeny bit confident! I hope it wasn't a big job and a big loss.
What's important is to make sure you can keep the deadline or, if you do get a nasty surprise, that you tell the client or agency at once.
Often they are very understanding, if you are in real trouble, not just being difficult. Sometimes they can actually help solve the problem. But if clients have to rearrange their programme because of late delivery, they need notice!
Even if they can't help, they can see how hard you are trying, and perhaps avoid similar problems another time.
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I wonder who hasn't done this... once. Consider the money lost as tuition in a course in the University of Life.
A further tip along the same lines: besides not setting a final price, I've learned never to set a delivery deadline until I have the text in hand. Also, if confirmation of the job is in doubt, the deadline is set when I've received confirmation, or the text, whichever happens later.
| Fixing deadlines || Sep 2, 2005 |
I think most of us has done this mistake
In addition to the good tips and hints already given here, when making quote I always mention "working days", meaning Monday till Friday and nothing else. If you just mention days, clients might start counting all days, including weekend.
So if a client gives you a give job on Friday morning, processing time 4 working days, delivery is fixed for Wednesday (and not Monday).
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| "It's only 2,500 words.... Nothing too technical..." || Sep 2, 2005 |
You will often hear agencies say this as they offer you a piece of work over the phone. After being burned a few times, I NEVER agree to do a job unless I have seen it.
The quote above usually means it is actually closer to 4,000 words and it is full of highly technical terms that will take you hours to find - even using KudoZ!
Good luck in your new profession!
| If we can't negotiate we wither and die (c) Vincent Benedict, "Twins" || Sep 4, 2005 |
Sylvia Smith wrote: I quoted a price before taking a good look at all the work that would be involved. Now I see I could have quoted a higher rate. Oh well, live and learn, baptism by fire I suppose.
I made this mistake a few times. I went to the PM and re-negotiated the rates providing solid grounds for my demands (once the TM was machine-translated, for example). A good agency will never force you beyond the limits, athough they are not charities either.
Stay well and best of luck