How to Produce Magical Work for your Clients
Every business owner or entrepreneur wants to produce amazing work for clients, but this can be difficult, especially when just starting out. There are so many ways that things can go wrong; however, you need to keep in mind that there are also many ways that things can go right. Below are some tips for creating magical work for clients while avoiding costly mistakes:
Communicate Throughout the Process
Perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to delivering magical work is communication. This applies to each step of the process, from beginning to end. First, you and the client must have a clear understanding of the work to be produced. Expectations need to be set and deadlines laid out. Next, you’ll want to communicate with the client while you’re producing the work so that he or she is up to date on your progress and any changes that need to be made in deadlines. Lastly, you need to immediately let the client know if you run into any kind of trouble. The sooner the client is aware of an issue, the easier it will be to resolve the problem.
Prioritize and Delegate
You’ll also want to prioritize tasks, and if applicable, delegate responsibilities on the project. This becomes crucial when you’re juggling multiple projects at once. Failing to prioritize tasks effectively and efficiently can lead to missed deadlines and missed opportunities for future work. If you work with others, feel free to delegate tasks in order to ensure that everything gets done on time and in the best manner possible. One of the worst things that can happen when working with a client is to allow work to get jumbled up, leading to a total breakdown in the project.
Do Your Research
As mentioned, you and the client need to communicate regarding what is to be expected in the final product, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your own research. Not everyone can know everything about every industry out there, but by doing your research and combining it with the direction provided by the client, you’ll have a stronger chance of producing something magical.
Know Your Limits
It’s also important to know your limits, especially when setting expectations. If a client comes to you and wants a full-scale IT solution, webpage management, marketing solutions and sales management, you’re likely not going to be able to deliver if you only specialize in graphic design. Accepting the client’s order when you aren’t able to fulfill it is a recipe for disaster. Likewise, if you already have 10 other projects going on at the moment and you know that you won’t be able to complete the new client’s project in time, politely refuse the order and be honest about your situation. You may find that the client will be willing to work with you in extending deadlines. In the end, it’s better to miss a sale than to accept new work and mess it up.
Lean on Your Resources
Finally, remember to lean on your resources. In the world of business, it’s a good idea to always look for networking connections. These connections will serve you well as you progress in your career. If you’re presented with a job that you’re unfamiliar with, you may know someone who can help you or shed insight on the project. Likewise, if you’re presented with a job that you aren’t able to complete, you might consider handing it off to a networking contact instead. By doing this, you please the client, you may receive business in the future and you may also receive work from the networking contact as well.