As a freelancer, you're often last in the chain of command.
Your lovingly-produced product or piece of work will be seen and dissected by any number of people with whom you have no direct contact before the client who hired you signs off on the finished design and pays you.
And it can sting if your hard graft, including double checking each element with the client, is knocked back yet again at the final QA with your client saying "you know I love it, but my producer/agent/CEO/CEO's cat really wants it to be faster/crisper/funnier/more blue". I mean, why didn't they say this a week ago?
This is going to be hard, but let the "why" go. It really won't make any difference if you know, and unless they're actually outright rejecting your services (in which case, read this post I wrote all about that) try this: get a bit of distance from the project until you feel slightly less irked, take a deep breath, review the requests and note what can be changed within scope, what will require negotiation, and (crucially) what longer term lessons can you take from all of it.
Earlier this week I successfully turned what was, on the surface, an ego-bruising, nit-picking and time-consuming list of changes from a producer who hitherto had had almost no involvement in the project, into a handful of key elements which I can apply to the general package to add value for my customers and increased profit margins for me. Pretty nifty huh?
And if I can turn the frown upside down, I know you can too. Try it next time a client has your blood pressure rising, I guarantee it will help.
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Catch you next time chaps!