Hired! Voila! I’m excited to get started.
Fixed-price contract is what this new client would want to. Upwork requires the client to make escrow deposits as the contract proceeds.
Things I get preserved in this fluid world:
- 5-star feedback
- good reputation
- top-rated badge
- 100% job success
- my portfolio
When you get a new project, you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t trust you yet. You cannot say I can do this and pay me. New client haven’t work with you yet. Consider the new client to think about:
- Am I risking my budget?
- Am I risking my time?
He wants to know how to get key influencer and how to convert them into leads. And he’s got more questions. I gave three paragraphs for free of charge. He wants to work outside the platform. I left. Anyway, I’ve learned one good lesson out of this. Charge a fixed-price fee for the consultation.
Client B wants to deal tests for free. Time spent is time paid, right?
You don’t want to undervalue your time. You want to win the project and get paid worth your effort and energy. Unbilled time finishing all the tests the new clients would want to is a crap. Remember, time wise — both you and your client are on the same page.
It isn’t over yet. I write this piece to add flavor in dealing with a fixed-price contract via Upwork. This will benefit to freelancer-client relationship.
Lessons I’ve Learned In Dealing With A Fixed-Price Contract
The client’s scenario looks like this:
- Send an offer
- Approve a milestone
Client will send you an offer. You communicate with the platform’s tool. Here’s what the client would want you to do. “Hi, how you can help grow my social media platform?” With that, it’s absurd to give it without a small fee.
As a freelancer, you have to create a roadmap. Will you give it away for free or not? You’ve spent time learning about your client and her project. Don’t rush. Get paid.
Before the project starts, you and your client will agree on certain work milestones and how much you’ll get paid for completing each. And what’s great is you can plan and define milestone ahead of time.
Roadmapping and contract agreement are powerful tool to sum up the deal.
Here’s what you will do:
Create a project roadmap
Charge a small fixed-price fee to your client for the project roadmap. Roadmapping helps you get paid of what you do. You are selling your expertise as a consultant. Client can keep that handy thing on a low price.
Tell your client to include a roadmapping fee in the milestone with this X price.
2. Allow revisions
Welcome revisions. It’s normal to redo things that aren’t doing well. Again, it’s fine. Set an expectation for revision.
3. Allow free tests for 5 to 10 minutes
Free tests are not paid. Free nga e! You can give free test to a 5 to 10 minutes bracket.
4. Create a welcome kit
You already have a milestone. Welcome kit sums up the deal.
In the welcome kit, you will write it there:
- How I Work
- Contact Information
How I Work
State your hours of operation. How you deal and charge with rush jobs and revisions. How you charge with the project road map. You need this. You don’t want to undervalue any of your time.
You have to define the services in your contract agreement.
It’s easier to communicate to Upwork’s chat-based communication tool.
Write this welcome kit in a Google document. Upload this welcome kit to hello sign which allows client to sign it .
Doing free revisions and free tests made me sick. I’ve learned something out of this fixed-price project. Written agreement is useful to avoid miscommunication. The’message tool’ will be the reference for the agreement content.
Jackilou @TonTomdesignz said listen to your ‘gut-feel.’ I listened. Thank you Jack!
How about you? How do you deal with a fixed-price contract?