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How to Make Your Freelance Projects Better

Freelancing in no longer a temporary occupation between two jobs. For some of us it has become a full time job that helps us make a living and it’s very widespread among web developers and designers to work as freelancers. However, as tempting as it may sound to be your own boss and make your own schedule after your heart’s desire, there are many things that a freelancer has to take into account if they want to be successful and have satisfied and happy customers.1

That is why it’s important to keep your schedule and projects organized, establish a clear set of goals and write down plans, steps and appointments that will help you make sure your work will not be in vain.

One trick you should keep in mind when you take over a new project is getting to know your customer. This step is very important because it will help you with your perspective, your creative vision and it will make it easier for you to understand the client, find out what it is he wants and ultimately deliver a finite product that will make him happy. After all, it’s all about keeping your clients happy.

To pave your way to a smoother conversation with your future clients, we’ve made a list of questions that you should keep in mind and try to ask you customers. When getting answers for the questions below, try to pinpoint the differences between your personal work approach and your new client’s expectations. This also serves as a good screening process for deciding if you are up for the new project or if you’d rather turn it down. Without further ado, here’s the list of questions freelancers should ask their potential customers.

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The first step is, of course, getting to know your client. Here are a few suggestions:

1. What type of business does your firm do?

2. How many employees does your company have?

3. For how long has your company been doing business?

4. How do you prefer to be contacted?

5. Could you describe your typical customer?

Then you can move on to work philosophy with questions like:

6. What do you value more, quality or speed?

7. What update frequency do you prefer?

8. Do you usually hire freelancers?

9. Do you usually choose a structured or unstructured work process?

Specific, project related questions are also important:

10. What is the purpose of the project?

11. Is this project a technical one?

12. What are the instructions?

13. Can you give me a specific example of what you have in mind?

14. Could you think of potential problems I could come across in this project?

Next on you can ask work agreement questions:

15. What is the project’s budget?

16. What is the deadline?

17. How will I be paid?

18. When will i be paid?

After finishing a project, it’s important to get feedback from your client. This will help you assess your work, learn from your experience and look at your project from the client’s perspective. Here are a few suggestions:

19. How did the project go?

20. Do you have recommendations or suggestions for me?

21. Will you need someone to update or revise this project later on?

22. Do I have your permission to use this project as part of my portfolio?

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Freelancing unables everyone to work on their own terms, make their own decisions and choose the projects they want to invest time in. By following simple tricks and getting to know your clients better through these questions you can get one step closer to owning a successful business with satisfied customers.

Anamaria

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