What would you do if you were invited to submit a proposal, then you submitted a proposal, had an interview, and the client liked you and said they’d get back to you by a certain date and then they didn’t? That is the exact situation I was faced with when I was invited to submit the proposal back in Episode #4.
The client said they’d get back to me by Monday, only the didn’t. Not Tuesday. Not Wednesday. And so on. It finally got to the point where I not only gave up on the project, I actually forgot about it. I just assumed it was like all the other proposals I submitted that didn’t get me any new business. So, I chalked it up to experience and moved on.
And then a funny thing happened. They called me back and hired me. It was for a smaller project than we originally discussed, but it was still a pretty good project. And here is the accepted offer. My second project on UpWork.
Clearly there was a lesson I needed to learn.
Lesson #6: The client is on their schedule, not yours. If they say they’re going to call you back, they may not, or they may call you back later than they promised. Contrary to what you or I would like to believe, their hiring a freelancer may not be the most important thing to their business at the moment. Proceed accordingly.
Join me in Episode #8 where I discover something about UpWork that opens up a whole new world of possibilites for freelancing. See you there.
Also published on Medium.