Freelancers: how do you get your client to stick to deadlines?
So...I've been a freelance ID for a few years now, and am getting busier. An issue that I seem to run into has to do with timelines, specifically, projects dragging out longer than the projected timeline. This, of course, makes it difficult to manage my other clients, take on new work, and so on.
Here's the question: how do you put the burden of timeline on your client's shoulders? Do you write something into the original contract that states a change order will be issued if a deadline is missed? Just trying to figure out ways to motivate clients to want to finish the project.
Anyway, hope to hear from you. Best, Daniel