I Never Really Delivered On Time, Now I Can Brag About It!

I am a typical freelancer. I never really delivered on time, I can’t remember a time I delivered everything on time. Luckily, I never had to work on time critical projects where the whole world would blow up if I wouldn’t deliver.

Last day, @TheAnand shared an article with me, actually its much more than an article. Some famous designer with the name David Airey shared on this blog a speech by Neil Gaiman. Here is the take away (speaking on how how freelancers really get business):

“…because their work is good, and because they’re easy to get along with, and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine.

“People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time.

“People will forgive the lateness of your work if it’s good and they like you.

“And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

Source: You Don’t Have to be As Good as Everyone

So you get business because you have two out of three from:

  • Being Good at What You Do
  • Delivering On Time
  • You Are Easy To Work With

So that gives me something to brag about 😉

Bragging is a State of Mind!
Bragging is a State of Mind!

You may ask why? Anyone who have worked with me would agree that I am Easy to Work With. Like I said I don’t deliver on time and I get business. So I must be good at what I do. Guess what? I am!

When I first heard of it, I didn’t buy it, but the more I thought of it, I felt its absolutely right. If you deliver on time, even if you are not supreme, your clients would love you. And the same with any other combinations.

Food for thought!


10 responses to “I Never Really Delivered On Time, Now I Can Brag About It!”

  1. Spoken like the lazy one!

    1. because I can 😉

      1. No, we can’t. We are the Lazy bunch 😛

        1. Not right now, am working on a Sunday, that has to account to something 😉

        2. Aaahh.. workaholics… dunno when/how to enjoy!!

  2. If you can’t deliver on time, at least keep the stakeholders informed of the progress/delay expected and assure them that you are on it 🙂 That’s one thing that helps you buy more time – happens all the time with our kind of corporate culture lol

    1. I used to do that but soon found that I ran out of excuses. But then some magical weeks / weekends happen where I clear off everything that has to be done. That does the job 😀

  3. Jeffri Avatar

    Great post!

    I think this is kind of true, speaking from personal experience. 🙂

    1. Hey! I can vouch for it over and over, unless you don’t push it too hard, I think its okay to be late a bit.

      Good to see you here man, thanks for commenting 🙂

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