Short answer: It is optionally set on individual proposals but highly recommended in order to avoid potential client disputes. Be sure to build in sufficient buffer times (1-6+ weeks).
Setting a guaranteed delivery date helps clients feel more confident with your commission because it protects them in case possible artist scams. It also helps you schedule work appropriately based on priority.
Build in 1-6+ week buffer time!
We recommend always setting a guaranteed delivery date but build in appropriate buffer time. Depending on the type of work you’re doing and how well you can estimate your workload, you may consider adding 1-6+ weeks.
Ex. if you're starting on it today and you anticipate taking 3 days, add 1 weeks for flex. If you're starting in 2 months, add 6 weeks just in case other things in your queue get delayed / whatever else reason.
Clients will always be happier having their expectations exceeded than delayed.
What happens if I don’t provide a guaranteed delivery date?
If you don't provide a guaranteed delivery date, then standard “no refund” cancellations apply. Clients can dispute if they feel that delivery is not within a reasonable time. In which case we will investigate.