Blog-bid-failureFor a freelancer, it’s critically important to be ahead of the curve in all sorts of ways – not least in being able to figure out when a project is failing.

Not only is this important for your own self-preservation, but also for your reputation. If you see the writing on the wall early enough, it might even be possible to rescue the situation. However, seeing the signs in time isn’t always easy!

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the key clues that your project might be failing, how to resolve them, and finally, we’ll look at using ‘agile’ project management principles to boost the chances of success. Let’s have a look!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACreating estimates for clients is one of the hardest things we have to do as service providers. It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer, a graphic designer, a software developer, a dog walker, or something else entirely — figuring out exactly what to charge is hard work.

We’ve been told to “value” our time. This part is more-or-less easy. If you believe in yourself and your services, finding the willingness within yourself to demand the rates you deserve is a cakewalk. However, in a much more literal sense, it can be hard to place a monetary value on our time if we’re unsure exactly how much time we’ll be spending.

Put simply, no one wants to be the guy (or gal) who invoices for two hours of their time but ends up working five.

To more accurately estimate the time it will take you to complete a client’s project, ask yourself these five questions:

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