This could go under "Assignments" or "Licensing" as well but I decided to stick it here.
I've been spending way too much time recently trying to sort out contracts that have changed for one reason or another.
For example, I'm working with (and I'm using that term loosely right about now) a client that had me bid on a job that involved 4 portraits on 4 different days. I bid the job loosely on the understanding that the four jobs under one contract were worth something of a price break. (Not in the creative fee per se but in some of the archiving/post production stuff.)
The point is, this has been dragging on quite a bit and there has been a great deal of schedule reshuffling, new contact people, changing plans, etc. Nothing that really constitutes a breach of contract (or at least warrants calling a lawyer) but it's enough to make it really not worth the effort. While I've always clung to the maxim: "You Win Some, You Lose Some" and it all eventually comes out in a wash, I have to admit to feeling like I've been put through the ringer. I am trying to turn it into a learning experience but am having trouble figuring out how to handle these requests differently in the future.
I guess my question comes down to, how do you all handle estimates with multiple days and moving parts? I can list a bunch of "if/then" situations but it can get convoluted in a hurry. Like all of us, I'm trying to find the balance between being easy to work with and getting stepped on. Do you quote multiple day jobs as single jobs instead of lumping them together? When do you make efforts to save the client money? Will you only send/sign contracts when there are hard dates involved?
Any strategies that I've missed?
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