Re: project work
I recently set a 5-hour minimum for hourly (pay-as-you-go) clients with the intention of dissuading one-off clients or piecemeal work. It's a calculated decision for me as I figured by the time I get them setup, prepare contracts, and so on, it is not worth my time unless I have that guaranteed minimum. If they only have a small initial project but plan to have more work for me down the line, we could work out the 5-hour minimum as a deposit.
I am focused on attracting retainer clients and while I see the benefit of having one-off projects in between, I prefer to concentrate my time and efforts on building long-term client relationships, hence my policy.
I believe you have to do what works best for you. As long as you realize, like others have said, that you may lose a few potential clients. If you need the extra income to pay the bills, you may want to have less restrictions.
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