5 Ways to Deal with Endless Revisions
Beauty, as the saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder.
Art appreciation and criticism are subjective. This is one fact that every artist probably know.
As a creative artist, you might have probably experienced working with a client who repeatedly requests for revisions. These clients can be very irritating and the project can be frustrating.
Believe me, I’ve been in this situation countless of times. There are some really sensible and well-meaning requests, but there’s always those nonsensical suggestions. Over time I have found what works best for me — constant break time and shadow boxing. These two techniques have helped me deal with frustration and relax at the same time.
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Once you’ve gathered yourself and have managed your emotions, you can finally move on with the project, handle your client better and do revisions if needed. Remember, your goal is to satisfy your client without spoiling your profit margin and driving yourself crazy. Client relation and managing projects are equally important if you want to succeed as creative artist.
So, how do you stop endless revisions?
- Develop a healthy working relationship with every client
Before taking in any project, your goal should be to develop a professional collaboration and give your best. If your goal is just to finish the project and get paid, then you’re starting off the wrong platform. You should aim to help your client achieve their goals and not just your personal gains to be able to build a healthy relationship.
- Educate your client about the phases of the design process
Revisions are part of an effective design process and are aimed to give the project the best end result. As such, you have to educate your client as to the nature of purposeful revisions and how important it is in creating a good project. Clients should also be aware at the start of the project what their roles would be during the revision phase.
- Clearly define round of revisions included in the project
Before you and your client signs the contract, take time to explain to them what exactly a round of revision would include. The specifics of a round of revisions should be clearly written in your contract. Usually, design projects give clients a number of days to provide their inputs, comments and recommendations. Once their feedback is taken and consolidated, the designer then makes the revisions and gives a final version. Make sure to include in your contract how many rounds of revisions are allowed and how extra work would be billed.
- Keep the client updated with the progress of the project
Many clients ask for revisions because they are unaware of the incremental steps of the design process. By keeping your client informed about the progress of the project you can avoid misunderstandings as well as unnecessary revisions later on. This should also save you from having to don MMA gloves, as reviewed on this site, to manage your anger.
It would be best to give clients heads up at the end of each step of the design process. At this point, they can give inputs thereby avoiding major revisions later.
- Know that design is subjective
As I’ve said earlier, every artist must realize that design is subjective. Sometimes you and your client might not agree about the best design solution. You have to accept this as a normal part of the business. As such, you have to be ready for this when initially budgeting for your project. You need to have a contingency plan, perhaps, 10-20 percent of the project cost intended for this purpose.
Finally, you have to know when to put a halt in the client’s demand for revisions. If you feel that the client is being very unrealistic with his requests, better cut the project short but always in a nice way.