Friday, May 3, 2013

Get 'Er Done

"Larry the Cable Guy"

I hail from Nebraska, home of Dan Whitney, better known as "Larry the Cable Guy." One of "Larry's" signature lines is "Get 'er done!" and that's the topic of today's blog post.

As a resume writing business owner, it is your responsibility to see that nothing falls through the cracks, so to speak. When dealing with multiple client projects — and wearing all the hats required of a business owner — that can become a daunting task.

Project Management
Keeping everything straight can become a complicated proposition at times. Your responsibilities as a resume writer and business owner include:

* Communicating with clients to evaluate their needs (turning prospects into clients)
* Writing the resume, cover letter, and/or other career marketing communications (or managing the work of a subcontract resume writer to handle the writing)
* Answering client questions (at all stages of the project)
* Evaluating finished work at each stage of the project

* Handling delivery of completed work to clients
* Collecting payment and managing the associated paperwork (taxes)

How to Get Things Done
As the one who is tasked with making it all happen for the clients, what are some ways that your job could be easier? Here are a few tips.
  • Get organized from the beginning. Utilize project management tools that help you to stay on top of your projects. At any time, you can just check up on a project and see exactly what is going on and who is working on what. Online project management software (like Basecamp) allows you to create projects, upload information for the client and any subcontract writers, assign writers to a project (if needed), and communicate client needs. There are also ways to set milestones for each part of the plan.
  • Communicate effectively right from the start. Let your client know what to expect at each stage of the process (information-gathering, writing, and project approval). If you encounter problems along the way, let the client know as soon as possible so the situation can be handled.
  • Create a contingency plan. You never know when "life will happen" to you. Have a "plan B" in place in case something happens to you, or disaster strikes. Also, if you don't already have a resume buddy or professional will in place, get 'er done!
  • Lead your client. Let your client know what you expect from them at every stage of the process — especially the information-gathering stage. If your client needs to meet deadlines for getting you information in order to have their project delivered on time, make sure they know this! A good writer/client relationship involves you leading him/her to where you want them to go!

When it comes to project management the best defense is a good offense. Set yourself up for success. And "get 'er done!"

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