We’ve all had it happen at some point, you exchange a series of emails with a potential client to get information about a project they’ve reached out to you about.

After several days (or weeks) of back and forth emails, the project falls through or your find out that it’s not a good fit.

Either way, you’ve just spent a lot of time that you can’t get back.

There is an absolutely fantastic article by Brent over at Your Freelance Career that talks about this problem in detail, and introduces the option of using a well put together questionnaire to weed out the clients that aren’t a good fit.

This is an article you don’t want to miss!

Why you need to craft a questionnaire

A great questionnaire does two things for you:

  1. It sets the tone of the project moving forward.
  2. It gives you everything you need to determine if it’s the right project for you.

With the questionnaire responses from the client, you can get a look into their professionalism. Are they excited about their own project? Are they interested in working with you specifically?
Chances are you already have a contact form on your website. This is a wide-open door for anyone and everyone to get in touch with you. That’s great – but it also leads to a lot of precious time wasted that you can use elsewhere more effectively.”

Check out the full article at Your Freelance Career.