Since you are not working with only one client at the time, and you are probably going to want to do some self-oriented projects as well, is recommended that you get some tools to get the job done easier. For the moment we will recommend the use of Restyaboard, which is an online and downloadable tool, that will allow you to set priorities and be conscious of exactly what is yet to be done and when you need it done.
Being a designer is not an easy task. You have to constantly keep track of many projects, know when to start, when they are being reviewed by the clients, when to deliver the original and changed designs, plus to be organized enough to investigate all the variables and give each piece of art the time enough to grant its quality.
When you organize your activities by month, you have to take in count every day, yes, including weekends; you never know when you will have to move an activity for some extra days of work in order to be delivered in time.
Also, we need to keep in mind that you have to label all activities with the respective status they have by the moment. For this, we recommend using the checklist option that Restyaboard offers, this way you can actually mark when an activity had changed its status, so they are controlled better.
Of course, these are all recommendations, and you can arrange your working status the way it best suits your needs.
The moment of the project when the client confirms what he wants and that he wants it to be done by you (We recommend charging the 50% of the project before starting if possible).
But here is the way we organize them:
At this point, you will be brainstorming accordingly to what the client asked you to do, even when this stage shouldn’t take much time, it is still relevant, and depending on the job this could take you a few days.
Here is where you take your three (or more, or less depending on how you work) of the ideas you got before, and create sketches to be delivered to the client for a preliminary review, from which the client will choose one to be used as base of the final version of your design.
Now at your first review the client will see how the design is evolving and is the second of his three chances to emit an opinion your new design. At this point there will probably be some mid and even major changes since not all clients are easy to satisfy, so keep that in mind when assigning a date to your projects.
Of course that, once the client saw the first evolution of your design, it is time to polish whatever detail and the requirement is needed in order to present the design one last time before delivering.
You will add as a list every single day in which you plan an activity, this way you can easily visualize them, and also, by adding a checklist to the cards with the work stages we talked about before you can also control what have been done to each assignment by just clicking on the card:
And then there is the other way to organize it.
These features make Restyaboard the best choice around at the moment, but don’t just believe me, you can try it yourself by following this link.