I turned up for a haircut late, booked it on the app - they couldn’t accommodate me. I had to accept it.
Usually this is covered in the contract, if the material is not supplied on agreed schedules then the work won’t commence until the next available day.
If they say they will have it by 1 pm on Tuesday. I tell them that I will book them in with the studio for 1.30 pm once all files are reviewed and complete - the work commences at 1.30 pm.
If they don’t have it in by 1.30 pm - they missed their slot. So if it comes in at 3 pm - I say I’ll reschedule with the studio but the next available slot will be, say, 2.30 pm on Friday.
This is usually met with disdain - so I can offer to bump them up the schedule if a slot opens.
Same deal - it’s in the contract and agreed schedules. If I send a proof and don’t get a reply within 2 business days, the work is put on hold. Or something like that. They might want 3 days, but no more than 5 days.
So they need to manage the work being sent for review.
After 5 days, it’s on hold and they’ve lost their studio time that was agreed.
Again, in the contract, if you are delivering on deadlines and they are not - they lose the time with the studio. The next studio slot will be allotted to them.
You can tell them the next slot is in 2 days. But then inform them the next day that a slot opened and you were able to squeeze them in.
If they go on, then I’d say that all my deadlines have been met and as per the contract the proofs were not returned on the scheduled time - and the slot was moved to the next available date.
This for me is in the contract that new supplied files are charged at the full rate and separate from the original quote.
I had this with a Doctors office, the secretary wanted 10 x 100 prescription pads. That’s 1000 prescriptions. Typically a prescription refill is about €20 and a new prescription would be €75 visit with the doctor. On average it’s about €40 for a prescription - for example.
1000 prescriptions @€40 is €40,000 approx.
I was charging about €250 in total - admin, typesetting, proofing, printing, QC, cutting, gluing, packing, shipping etc.
I pointed this out to the doctor’s office - they reluctantly paid.
And funny enough - they refilled the order every quarter!!! So that was about €160,000 in prescriptions.
Yes - it’s annoying when someone cries over something so small - when you are already accomodating them at every level.
But i have found that pushing it back on them that they were late, and breaking it down into business sense that it’s good value for money.
They tend to get on board quite quickly.
Put it this way - since I started telling them that if they miss their return proof deadline they may not get another slot in the studio that same week.
It really does light a fire under them.
I would say, I have no issue with a client that contacts to say they need more time to review the proofs.
I appreciate that - and offer to keep a slot free at the same time in a few days to give them more time.