Handling Excess projects and building a team as a Freelancer

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Hey guys. How's the week? I trust it's going smoothly.

Well, today I'll be looking at how you can handle excess projects as a freelancer. And how to set up a team working remotely.

Truth is, somehow, the later sounds like magic. Yeah. But, it is not.

As a freelancer, you know that there comes a time when it goes dry. And there's also a time when you have way too much projects than you can take. But, sometimes, the fear of finding ourselves without projects pushes some of us to accepting as many project as possible without considering the consequences. I was once guilty of that. Yeah. When you 've got bills to pay, you do somethings that you just can't explain to yourself.

The question is, should you take up every project that comes your way?

The answer is very simple. NO! The best part of working as a freelancer is being efficient and having fun. But, you and I know that once you take up that much projects, you 'll have to lose sleep(I know that's a norm for designers anyway). You miss deadlines. Your clients get p*ssed. And you have to go back trying to convince 'em to work with you. That's not how it's meant to be(I mean it can be different).

So, if for any reason you want to remain relevant, you should be able to meet your clients' need most of the time.
Taking projects and delivering when you should. And accepting every project is just not the way to go. Outsource.

Yes, you heard me right. Give some projects out to other designers. I know it sounds difficulty(to some, crazy ). But, trust me, it's a sure venture. Clients don't just come back to you because you can design, they come to you 'cause you know the drift when it comes to meeting their needs. And as a designer(freelancer), without asking, you know that no matter how many projects you take, you 'll always have that period when there's no project on your desk. One thing you may not have thought about, is that there 're designers who can't handle the projects they have that very moment.

So, what I'm saying is that, you should take your time and find some very good designers around you can get along with, and refer clients to 'em when you have a lot to work on. You can decide to collect the projects and outsource it to these other designers and take a cut of the project cost(I know you prefer this option). But, either way, learn to give out projects.

What this does is that it creates a relationship between yourself and these designers.
And when that happens, the benefits can be endless from getting jobs from them as well when they have way too much projects, you may like to build a team. Or set up a studio, need resources and whatnot, bet me, they 'll come handy. It's very easy to set up a team with people you 've worked with. You know their level of expertise. What they can and can't do. How best to approach each and every one of 'em. And what works best for each and every one of them.
Without asking, it saves you the stress and work of having to go through CVs and portfolios to get the right fit for a design position.

While everyone is not looking at setting up a team or studio, everyone one of us wants to have steady drop in of clients. And whether you like it or not, outsourcing design projects and referring clients to other designers goes a long way in helping out in situations like that, building trust with clients and increasing your rep in your field.

It can difficult at first. That, I know. But, trust me, on the long run, you'll want to do it over and over again.





My coffee is getting cold. Catch you next week.

Felix Obinna

Creative Visual + UI Designer • Awesome Dude. Curator/Writer at cgminds .