Being a freelance designer brings a lot of challenges to the daily work aside from the expected design-related issues. Running your own business means that you’ll have to deal with finances, customer service, marketing and every other aspect of the business on top of the design or development work that raises an income. Here are some valuable strategies for freelancers to prioritize their tasks.
Set Milestone Deadlines
If a client project only has a deadline for completion of the project, make an effort to break down the work that is needed to complete the project and put it into a few different steps or parts. Assign each part with a deadline to hit a certain milestone that will allow you to move on to the next step, and use these self-imposed deadlines to help with prioritizing.
Consider Payment Terms
Another factor that you will need to consider is when and how you will be getting paid. Does the project involve several payments that are due at various stages of completion? If this is the case, you may want to give added priority to this project so that you can get to one of the milestones quicker and invoice the client.
Consider the Relationship with the Client
You’ll probably be working with some clients on an on-going basis, and these clients will be a great source of consistent income. Taking care of the clients who keep you in business is generally a good way to help prioritize your tasks.
Consider Time Required
There may be times when you have two or more equally urgent tasks that are competing for your attraction. However, although they are equally urgent they may not require the same amount of time to complete. Set a reasonable time for each task according to situation and requirement. Pay attention to all tasks for increasing your efficiency.
Consider the Stage of Completion
Another thing you will need to take into consideration is how far along you are in the project. If you’re close to completion you may want to just dedicate the needed time to finish it off. If you’re not close to being finished but you are close to a milestone of some type in the project, you may also want to give it priority.