Getting new projects as a solopreneur is exciting. But often it’s challenging keeping track of all the details. Projects usually contain a lot of details, and if you’re not organized, your work can suffer.
Unfortunately, if you don’t do an excellent job on a project, it’s not likely you’ll get more work. That’s why it’s essential to manage your projects effectively.
We recommend figuring out a system that’ll keep you on track and help you stay organized during each project. That way, you can turn in your best work and learn from the experience!
Here are five ways to fast track productivity and wow clients with incredible work.
Understand the Timeline
Understanding the timeline of a project is essential so that you complete it on time. If you’re unsure of when something is due, your client may expect something sooner than what you had in mind.
Make sure you’re upfront with a client and ask them when they’d like something done before the project kicks off.
Come up with a timeline that works for you both. That way, there won’t be any misunderstanding down the line.
Setting up a timeline ensures that both parties are on the same page and that you deliver work on time.
Take Thorough Notes
Specific projects require a lot of details. If you’re going to do the work done well, you need to be an excellent note-taker.
You may already take notes about your clients and who you’ve been in contact with on your CRM. But do you have a way to keep track of your notes for specific projects?
Record what a project entails in several documents within one folder. You may have a central location for your documents on Google Drive, for example.
Keeping everything in a folder will make it a lot easier to find what you need to stay focused on the project. If your notes are scattered, it’ll be hard to stay organized, let alone do well on a project. So, take great notes, and you’ll be more likely to keep track of everything.
If it helps, you can also manage your projects by using project management software.
Find Effective Project Management Software
Life becomes more manageable if you have project management software you can rely on to help keep you organized.
The right type of management software should make it easy to store everything. Having all documents and files in a central location will keep everyone on the same page. And communicating with team members should be a cinch.
Keep in mind that it may take some testing to figure out which type of software is best for you and your team.
Here are a few popular project management sites to check out:
Do the reserach you need to do in order to figure out what type of software will suit your needs.
If possible, sign up for a trial to test it out. That’s a lot better than committing to software that doesn’t offer features you like.
Stay True to Your Goals
Now that you know the timeline and have details about the project, it’s essential to develop some goals.
Understand that not everything is going to go accordingly to plan. But if you run into a few hiccups along the way, keep moving forward. Setting targets in your business will encourage you to achieve greatness.
Without setting objectives, it’ll be a lot harder to do tasks. So, keep yourself motivated by making and reaching goals.
Keep Everyone on Task
If you are your own boss, it’s up to you to stay motivated to get the job done. And if you have team members, you need to keep on top of their work as well! A project isn’t going to get done on its own. It’s imperative to check in with team members regularly so that you deliver everything on time.
If you’re the only person working on the project, create a schedule so that you’ll get work done on time. There’s nothing a client likes less than inconsistency and receiving work late.
So, do your best to stay on task and deliver your very best work! That way, you’ll most likely get rewarded with bigger and better projects!
Getting and working on projects can be a lot of fun if you stay on top of everything. If you’re disorganized and hand in sloppy and late work, it’s going to be hard to keep clients.
Thankfully with the right project management techniques, you can succeed in all that you do. Your projects will go smoothly and you will complete them on time if you have a plan in place.
So get busy and succeed in all that you do. We believe in you, and know you can do it!