Do you book work in advance or fly by the seat of your pants?
“Almost all of the jobs I turn down are due to lack of time. Most designers are booked up for months in advance. Thatâ€™s just the way it is. If you want to work with a top notch designer, then you should expect to wait a while to work with them. The exception to this is if you have a rush project with a huge budget.”
This quote is from a fantastic article by Josh Pyles How to work with a professional designer that I would recommend everyone reads, clients and designers alike. (Guest Edited by TVD).
Andrew Wilkinson brings up an interesting counter point to strict scheduling in the comments that I feel is worth discussing. Andrew notes that it is almost impossible to predict how long a project will take and that clients rarely come to them needing something done in several months time, but that they need it now.
While Andrew’s situation is a little different (they have a team of designers and developers available), as a freelancer myself who is currently fully booked for the next several months I often find myself turning down jobs merely because the deadline is unachievable within my current workload. Often times these are projects I would be jumping at the chance to work on.
So freelancers, what do you do? Do you book jobs well in advance or do you work on a first come first served basis and fly by the seat of your pants?