Although it can be quite rare in the contracting industry to have more than one client, it can and still does happen. So we have complied a guide on how tomanage multiple clients at the same time.
Getting yourself organised can sometimes make you think, “Wait, but where do I start?”, and there are a number of ways in which to do so. However, thefirst thing that you need to do is get yourself a calendar. It can be a digital calendar, a physical desk calendar or even a month by month planner – getwhatever you feel will work best for you.
It’s good to be able to see the month in one go, so you can schedule meetings, deadlines and when you need to submit your monthly businesses finances toyour accountant, for example.
It can be good to assign different colours to different clients or projects and then you can visually see which client’s deadline is coming up or just toorganise your day or week.
It can sometimes be confusing when working on a few different projects all at once, and can sometimes be more effective to consider how much of your timeshould be spent on each project. Balance in this instance is key, between deciding which deadlines are approaching and how much time and effort eachrequire.
This technique is something that may need revisiting in the future either due to one particular project throwing up more problems than expected, orpersonal or sickness may influence your workflow.
Don’t be afraid to say no
Sometimes in life, things change and deadlines may be pushed forward; but what do you do when this happens and you’re already booked up with anotherclient? First of all, breathe.
Be realistic with the time you have and what you can achieve within that timeframe, as it’s always best to under promise and over deliver with your clientsin this situation – if you can, but don’t promise them the world.
However, if you cannot accommodate a clients last minute emergency then you must simply say no.
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