In the 23 years since I started freelancing (I know, I know, that’s a really long time…), I’ve faced many challenges along the way. In no particular order, they have included:
- Clients are REALLY slow to pay, seriously impacting my cashflow.
- Clients reschedule projects that clash with others already in my diary.
- The cycle of feast and famine (linked to above). One month I may have very little work on and the next I don’t know how to cope with all the projects that are being thrown at me.
- Clients don’t keep to their side of the schedule but the end deadline can’t move.
- Clients decide to bring the project in-house in order to ‘save money’.
- Clients go bust, owing me money.
- I turn work down because I am fully booked, only to find that a project from another client is then put on the back burner or cancelled completely. (Seriously annoying, that one!)
- A senior person on the client side decides to get involved when the project is well underway and completely moves the goalposts.
- Technology fails on the day when there is an urgent deadline (never happens on a Saturday morning).