Ground Rules Before Accepting Hasty Contracts

On several occasions, many clients resort to hire Freelancers when all other options they had at hand fails. Any seasoned freelancer will tell you that they have been offered hasty contracts and learnt their lessons out of the work.

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In this blog post, I will highlight some of the ground rules you should have in place before accepting to be rushed to complete a project.

Be In Control

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The first rule is, take control of the situation. After the client has briefed you on their requirements for the contract, propose to them timelines to complete the contract. Don’t let them dictate to you timelines over the budget they have. Obviously, when they first reach out to you, they have a timeline they want the project delivered.

Don’t risk delivering shady job because you want to please the client. If you can work on the project on overtime in order to deliver on their stipulated timeline, mention it during negotiation.

Propose a Fee For Overtime

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Your time is valuable. In this case, tell the client about the amount you will charge if you offer to do their work on overtime. Many clients will offer to pay you good money as long you guarantee them that you will deliver quality and meet their proposed timelines. My Point is, don’t work overtime on a rush project unless you are getting paid for it.

Prioritize on Delivering Quality First

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Before getting into the negotiating table, put quality service on top your priority list. Analyze the job you are being offered and see how long it will take to deliver the best. Consider all factors when proposing timelines. If the job cant be done within the timeline that the client is proposing, refuse to take the job.

Let the client see how professional you are in your craft.


When you are in control, the probability of you winning the contract is very high. You earn respect and trust from the client. On top of that, you are in a position to ask for more money for extra time and effort.

I hope this article was helpful to you.

What ground rules do you have in place when negotiating for rush contracts? Let me know in the comments section below.

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And until next time, bye bye and take care.

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