Everyone misses deadlines. Everyone.
Well, ok, I don’t. Not usually. But most other people? It’s human.
Oh, you’re wondering why I don’t. Maybe it’s because I went to journalism school and there we learned the importance of deadlines. I took that seriously.
But if you’re starting a new venture, you KNOW that responsiveness and deadlines are important. Maybe you use a consultant for web design or maintenance, graphic design, social media or something else. If you directly ask your consultant about deadlines before you hire, you might not get an accurate answer. So it’s smart to ask a few incisive questions before you hire so you know exactly what to expect.
Here are some of them:
What days and hours do you work?
How quickly do you respond to calls, texts or emails?
Do you also have a job somewhere else besides (what they are doing for you)? (as in a part-time job doing something else or even full-time)
Do you do any kind of child or elder care at home while you are working?
How many other assignments will you be working on at the same time?
How much time per day can you devote to this?
Do you have three references I can call? And ask those references about the consultant’s ability to meet deadlines.
It’s not that any of these are complete deal killers. The idea is to have an idea of what to expect.
What questions would you add to this list?