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Stay on Target!!
September 28, 2013, 1:23 am
Filed under: Startup

stay on target

Right now I’m juggling two projects that are just starting and one that is wrapping up…or failing to wrap up, that is.  Nothing like the lingering projects that have had more revisions to the punchlist than should be.

The hardest thing that I’m finding as a sole practictioner is scheduling these projects.  It seems that no matter how diligent I map out the schedule, there are other hurdles, outside forces that are not allowing me to “stay on target” (apologies…I grew up in the age of the original Star Wars!)   Things like “client’s financial adviser recommends delaying one month in order to provide more liquid funds to be available” or “Co-op board review has been postponed for two months because co-op board doesn’t give a sh*t about your schedule or standard review protocols

These projects seem to operating on a schedule of their own.  They

start

STOP

sprint

p a u s e

h i c-cup

burp

…whatever they feel like doing.  While its feasible to write into your contract certain time clauses that allow you to request for additional services, it still doesn’t help your day-to-day operations or knowing even where the target is.

How’re you guys managing your time? What things are you doing to protect yourself (and your fees) so that when these pesky delays come in, you’re capable of dealing with it?



Joint [JOINT] ventures…
September 23, 2013, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Startup

In the last two weeks, I’ve been working on a Request for Proposal for a large project sponsored by the national arts council.  No doubt, it will be a long shot, but it was an interesting process to assemble our package.

The basic PR stuff that most offices already have on hand as boilerplates had to be assembled in a matter of days– our CVs, office structure, team/staff, letterhead/graphic identity suitable for all different medias (CD covers, transmittal forms, envelopes, etc)….nothing but a mad scramble to look official…not to mention double checking the legal ramifications of our newly formed office.  The distinctions between “joint ventures” vs. “collaborations” became apparent in terms of setting up liabilities and roles.  This all sounds super boring and already as I’m writing it, start glazing over….but it’s this stuff that seems really important when you are trying to secure larger, legit jobs.

In addition, we engaged an artist to be apart of our design team for this project…this complicated it a little more. How do you deal with the new collaborations as they become joint, JOINT ventures?