Create Effective Project Milestone Sheets

The project milestone sheet is an incredibly important document for freelancers and their clients. It defines all the most important tasks, who is assigned to them, and when they are due. In other words, it serves as the map for your entire work process. So how can you create a milestone sheet that works?…

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How to Rebuild a Working Relationship With Difficult Clients

Many freelancers, especially at the beginning of their careers, may find themselves working with very difficult clients. When this has happened to me, either I helped change the client's working behavior or stopped working with them altogether. While I always aim for the former approach, sometimes the better option is to end the working relationship. Whenever this happens I hope that if I do work with the client again in the future, they'll be more cooperative -- but that's not guaranteed. When one of your more difficult clients contacts you for a new project, how do you work with them again, without repeating the problems you previously had?…

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5 Ways to Get Your Clients to Follow Your Work Process

"Just do your work and then I'll pay you." I couldn't believe what I was reading. My client told me to "just do (my) work" and yet he didn't want to discuss any of the things that I needed to know to get the work done in the first place.He wanted to do away with the needs analysis stage and just get me to write a 50-page e-book based on a vague one paragraph description. If there's a web app for telepathy I haven't seen it, so he shouldn't expect that I know how to finish a project after the first two emails. To avoid this problem in the future, I'm reevaluating the way I work with clients. How do I include them in my work process? Can I improve on my current methodology?…

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Mercora Goes Mobile

Mercora, one of the place shifting companies I have written in the past is going mobile. To remind you all, Mercora is…

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