Scope creep refers to the process of expanding a project’s scope in a way that was not originally agreed upon in the contract.
For example, if a client asks for a few small tweaks to a project that were not mentioned in the initial scope, this may be considered scope creep. The problem with scope creep is that it can cause the project to become much larger and more expensive than the freelancer and client originally agreed upon. This reduces a freelancer’s profit margin and may interrupt other projects or clients, thus further damaging the freelancer’s ability to bring in revenue.
In order to avoid scope creep, it is important for both the freelancer and the client to clearly define the scope of the project and any related expectations in the contract. This should include a detailed description of the project and the client’s expectations, as well as any deadlines or other requirements. The freelancer should also keep track of any changes made to the project and document any agreement to do additional work.
If the scope of a project is not clearly defined at the start, it is much more likely for scope creep to occur. By setting expectations upfront, both the freelancer and the client can rest assured that the project will be completed within the agreed-upon scope.