First-Time tispr Talent or Client?: Tips and Tricks to an Amazing Collaboration
You did it! You found a gig that’s perfect for you on tispr, and now you’re working with your client to produce a flawless result for them, or maybe you’re a client who's found an amazing talent and are working within the sharing economy for the first time. For many people, working face-to-face is essential to a project, and it’s an added bonus of the focus on locality that tispr has. Here’s the question though: You’ve found each other, now what? Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of your time.
If you're the tispr talent...
- Go in with a game plan!
- If possible, chat on the phone before or connect over email to understand the expectations of your client and any limitations you might have. Communication is key to having a successful and productive meeting.
- Go over points of confusion or error that need clarification. It’s better to ask the question ahead of time rather than guess and have to redo the work later.
- Have a portfolio, previous work examples, and/or ideas for the job to show your client.
- Don’t come to your meeting empty-handed. Bring something along with you to show the client that you’ve actively been thinking about and working on their project. It doesn’t have to be a draft, or even something super concrete. A list of initial concepts or talking points can suffice!
- If this is not your first meeting with your client, make sure that that the work you bring reflects the progress you’ve made since your last meeting.
- Of course, make sure that your work is aligned with your client’s vision. Refer back to phone calls and emails to ensure that your work is exactly what they need.
- Be aware of your deadlines.
- This one’s pretty simple: work with your clients to set deadlines, because it’ll both keep you accountable and give your client a timetable and a general sense of when they should expect finished products.
- Also, be aware and honest regarding your general workload. For heavier days or weeks, make sure that you’re not overloading yourself and expecting yourself to do more than you can. Set realistic deadlines for yourself based on previous experience.
If you're the client...
- Make your expectations clear.
- From the first contact with the talent you’re working with, make sure they know exactly what you need from them. They’re spending time and energy trying to make sure their work for you is perfect, so don’t waste their time or yours. By communicating and telling them just what you need, you’ll be able to get it faster, and they’ll be able to fix any small issues you have easily.
- Be aware of your tispr talent's limitations.
- Make sure that you’re not asking the impossible of your professional! Everyone has their scope of expertise, so ensure that your vision is included in theirs.
- Things happen – it’s life. Make sure you have an open channel of communication, so anything that might arise can easily be solved. It’s better for you both to be able to talk to each other about any issues, rather than staying quiet and hoping for the best.
Advice for everyone:
- Safety first!
- When you’re meeting for the first time, employ the same practices you might while meeting an online date for the first time. Make sure you’re meeting in a public place, and just generally be aware of your surroundings.
- Use social media and search engines to do research on the person you are meeting. Generally speaking, professionals usually have a website or some type of work profile online that you should be able to review.
- Asking professionals or clients for references is an absolutely acceptable thing to do, especially before meeting for the first time. A quick phone call or email exchange will help you feel confident before the meet!
- Consult experts in your field for more information about what to expect. For example, content creator, stylist, and experienced model, Amy Elizabeth Hirt gave us some insight regarding what to expect from a photographer hiring for modeling or styling services: "I would definitely check if [the photographer] has published work in an online portfolio, especially if they say they are shooting for a magazine submission. They may have a relationship with that media & shoot for them often, but it's also possible that the photog is an amateur who is fibbing a little to get an awesome shoot without having to pay you
- Before parting ways, set a plan for next steps.
- Review the work that’s been done and discuss what still needs to happen. If you’re a client, go home feeling assured that your professional is working in the right direction. If you're the talent, go home with confidence in what's expected of you.
- Maintain your relationship.
- Even after the project’s finished, it’s important to maintain your relationship. You never know when you’ll need your tispr talent's skills another time or when you’re going to need to reach out to your client for a recommendation.
- Most important of all, have fun!