Scope creep can quickly eat up the entire budget of a project, not to mention your time, if it’s not stopped.

However, many freelancers don’t take the necessary measures to avoid scope creep.

Tuts+ has put together an amazing article that goes into great detail about stopping scope creep.

One very simple and straightforward way is to put it in your estimate.

One simple way to manage scope creep is to plan for some of it. It’s common enough that every creative will have to deal with it at some stage. As Andres Max, UX consultant and founder of Ideaware, notes:

In my experience, scope creep has been a part of over 80% of the projects I’ve worked with. It’s one of the biggest enemies of keeping a project on time and within budget.

Rosie Brown, former freelance photographer and current creative project manager at a PR/design firm, recommends this method:

We always mentally include an additional design step. A client may have a small budget and think he or she won’t need anything revised — “I trust your designs,” he’ll say. But, everyone has a vision and two cents, so just account for it in your pricing and in your schedule and allow for feedback. The best case scenario is that the client will truly be happy with your first (or scoped) design and have no edits, and you can pleasantly surprise him with a lower invoice.””

Read the full article at Tuts+.