Section Three: What to Do After You Land the Job

You did the hardest part—landing the job! So, what next? Do you just dive into the work? Not quite. Here are a few things to consider beforehand.

Clarify Expectations

The gig is yours. But sometimes, the pitching, conversing, and negotiating process has muddled the water on what exactly needs to be done. Before you start working, send an email that confirms project details, deadlines, and any specific requirements. That way, everything is in one place and can be confirmed by both you and the client.

Set Up Communication Channels

Establish how and when you’ll update the client on your progress. Most clients I’ve worked with already have this in place on platforms like Slack, ClickUp, or Google Chats.

But, if you find yourself with a new gig or client and there’s no clear means of communication, go ahead and set up a workroom or chatroom and invite them to it. State that all communication about the project will happen there.

Deliver High-Quality Work

Now that the details are clear, you can start work! Meet or exceed the client’s expectations to build a strong working relationship.

Request Feedback

After your first few submissions, ask for some feedback to improve and understand the client’s needs better. This is always a great way to hone your craft even more.

Express Gratitude

Always thank the client for the opportunity and express your interest in working together in the future.