Working as a freelance project manager, the responsibilities of guiding a project successfully from beginning to end will fall solely on your shoulders and you’ll either gain all the glory, praise, and recognition for its success or all the ridicules for its failure.
Here are some steps in freelance project management to help you in the proper direction of planning.
Identify Your Project Objectives
This is perhaps the single most essential step in project management since it basically layouts the reason as to why you’re doing this project. Your project objective outline should have greatly explains what it is that will be gained for your company and your stakeholders upon its successful completion.
You generate a plan for the project in terms of what exactly you want to renovate, what it might look like when done, a more detailed cost estimate and how long it might take.
Manage Project Resources
A typical freelance project involves lots of people, including clients, technical staff, administrative and financial external advisers and online community. The attendant relationships create additional dependencies and risks that you need to manage. You need online project management tools for assistance of your work.
Executing the Project Outline
Next step in project management is to carry out the project with the resources and man power that you’ve originally outlined. This is where the real work begins and it is where your management abilities will either shine or fail. Remember that any major changes made to the original outline and changes in its goals or expectations should be announced to your clients so that they know what to expect.
Effective Control Processes
Control processes are used to make sure that the project is proceeding as planned and that deliverable meet required standards. You need to establish review and quality assurance processes to maintain the quality of the project or systems being developed and the quality of the project management process.
Close the Project
When the project is finally over, make sure the required support and operational arrangements are in place. Wrap up project documentation and prepare the final project report.