How to schedule long-term and large projects

A stack of papers, chunked up in colorful paperclips, sit on a desk next to glasses and a keyboardThe first time I got a large freelancing project, I totally panicked. I mean, it was a lot of words, and there were a lot of large and small details that I had to get perfectly on a tight deadline. How could I possibly get it all done correctly? If you’re in this predicament now, here’s what you should know.

Taking charge of those large projects

These are tips to help you take charge of those large projects that often seem overwhelming at first glance. Since the best jobs are often long-term freelance contracts or larger projects, this is something you’ll want to learn to do properly!

  • You have time to plan: Most people immediately dig into the brief’s first task without taking the time to plan. This mistake will only add stress and chaos when you see how poorly it’s going. When you get a big freelancing project, you need to read through the entire brief and know what you need to do. At this stage, make sure that you have everything you need, that all of the resources open, and so on. You don’t want any surprises later!

    Now, plan out how you want to tackle the project and guess how long it will take you to do each part. Do this for every section of the project. When factoring in time, think about things like distractions.

  • Organize tasks into logical chunks: Now that you have a good feel for the project and how long it takes (feels better now, right?), organize each piece into logical chunks. Each chunk will have an approximate deadline that you set in the first step. Try to organize the tasks into logical steps as you determine, even if it differs from the brief’s order.
  • Don’t slip: It’s easy to slip and let one slide to another day if you’re stressed or tired. After all, there’s still plenty of time before the real deadline. But you set that schedule for a reason. It’s going to feel so good to hit those milestones and have that deadline come up (with its payday) and feel calm about it instead of that last-minute scramble to finish on time.

Plan to finish early

One last professional freelancing tip is to plan on finishing your deadline early. If you build in that extra time, it allows time for a final review or to get some last-minute work done if you did slip (oops). Plus, it adds that little professional flair, too.

Your first big freelancing job is going to be so exciting but a little intimidating, too. These tips will help you plan appropriately for it to accomplish it as flawlessly as possible!

Next time, I’ll do another “Ask the Writer” post. If you’ve got a question you’ve always wanted to ask, it’s not too late to send it in! Also, I’m very excited to share that there will be an upcoming guest blog post coming to Kelterss very shortly! Keep an eye out for that in April.

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Kelterss is an experienced freelance content writer and a published author based in New Brunswick, Canada. She writes website content, blog posts, and product descriptions for customers worldwide. Kelterss specializes in writing about mental health, fitness, and dog behaviour. Freelancing since 2014, Kelterss has earned over 3,200 reviews and has a 4.9/5-star rating.

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