I'm about to miss a deadline. What is the best way to handle this?
March 31, 2014 9:24 AM Subscribe
I've taken on a freelance project which was due today. It isn't finished. What next?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The project has taken about three months so far and I've already extended the deadline by a month. I have delivered approximately two-thirds of the project to the client. I now think I have about five days' worth of very hard work left before I can even hope to be finished, but today is the due date. The client knows that the work isn't finished yet, but I am not sure how to tackle discussing the extent of the problem with him (ie, that it's going to be at least another 5 days). Further, I am feeling pretty burned out now after working day and night for the past couple of months. To make things worse, I'm not convinced of the quality of my work and am not sure what the client thinks of what he's seen so far. I'm feeling frazzled and nervous and it's making it hard to concentrate on the things I still have to do.Frankly, I feel like ditching the whole thing, but this is really not an option. Apart from anything else, I need the money! Do you have any words of wisdom or experience to motivate me and/or help me deal with the client?
Please, be gentle, I can think of enough ways I haven't handled this well.