If you’ve ever been asked to make multiple rounds of revisions to your design work at some point, then you’ll know how time consuming and frustrating it can be.
You want to make your client happy, but it can sometimes take up so much time to give them every change and amendment they demand.
So, if you get stuck in these situations quite often, here are few tips on how you can keep client revisions to a minimum.
Involving your client right at the initial stage of a project can be very helpful to start your work. Do this with purpose.
You get an idea of the expectations of the client, what they are looking for and if they have any preset assumptions or preferences.
Make sure every detail is discussed before you start the work itself.
This will make sure that both you and your client are on the same page, which will make the entire process more effortless for both of you as the project goes on.
Do your first initial meeting with your client with purpose and create a clear picture as to where you're both going.
At the beginning of every project, it’s in your best interest to make clear how many rounds of revisions are included as part of the project scope.
You can write this directly into your contract as part of your agreement terms.
Generally, I suggest one standard round of revisions and up to two additional rounds of minor revisions.
Putting this into your contract or agreement will encourage clients to take the process of working with you seriously and make firm decisions from the start.
They’ll know that if they want to make a bunch of changes later, those changes may fall outside of the agreement which will end up costing them more.
Having this provision forces them to put some skin in the game.
And you also appear to them as a serious professional as a result.
Keeping your client informed about every stage in the progress in their project can help you avoid any miscommunication or misunderstanding.
When the clients are not aware of every phase of the project, it can lead to a gap in understanding, and that’s when you and the client tend to have a different line of thoughts.
This can lead the client to get anxious and start to ask questions regarding what is happening next.
It is your responsibility to manage the relationship, not theres. So take responsibility for managing the project from start to finish, and they will respect you more for it.
Maybe you're already doing these things and you still keep running into problem clients far too often. It could be worthwhile to schedule a free training call with a Brander Consultant. You can book your free 15 minute session here.
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