Making design revisions for a client can be one of the most frustrating moments, and if you are a designer, you would totally agree with me! Yes, you have two goals in mind. One, to make your client happy with your designs. Second, save time and resources for your organisation so that you don’t spend too much on a client’s requests for design revisions. If you think you get stuck in such a situation quite often, go on to see how you can reduce it!
1. Interact with your client right at the beginning
Involving your client right at the initial stage of a project can be very helpful to start your work. You get an idea of the expectations of the client and so, this is the best way to ensure that both you and your client are on the same page. This will also help make any changes at the initial stages, that are generally easier to make.
2. Justify the reasons behind your work.
There may be instances where you totally disagree with the ideas your client gives for revisions. As a designer, you will have your reasons for making designs in a particular way,based on what is trending in the industry presently. But you should be able to justify your reasons to the client as they may not be aware of the best practices. This will help avoid any further changes in future.
3. Define your limitations with regard to revisions.
You need to make it inform your client what exactly is a round of revision. They may keep wanting to make changes every time you show designs for approval. In that case, you also need to define how many rounds of revisions are included in your fee.Sometimes, they may request major changes that require more time and work. To handle this, you need to explain what will be charged as extra work and included in the bill. All these terms and conditions need to be communicated to the client at the start of the project itself to avoid any confusion as the work progresses.Doing this will help keep too many revisions at bay and also save time and efforts.
4.Update the client about every stage of the process.
Keeping the client posted about every progress in the design process can help avoid any miscommunications or misunderstandings. When the clients are not aware of every phase of the project, it can lead to a gap, and that’s when you, the designer and the client tend to have a different line of thoughts.
5. Let them know you’re happy to help them.
This is of utmost importance to maintain a cordial relationship with your clients. People generally prefer to choose designers who will be flexible to make changes to suit their needs. Making too many limitations for your client will also affect the smooth workflow. So letting them know that you are committed to making quality designs while considering the ideas given by your clients will get you brownie points!
So try these tips and see if it helps reduce the number of revisions! If you have anything to add to this, please to share 🙂