In this article you will get to learn and understand about what you need to know before you write a Job Proposal and how can it be effective enough to influence the client. It will include:
1. Art of writing a proposal: core elements
2. Flawless familiarity with different freelancing websites
3. How to determine the job post is for you or not?
Freelancing is a lot of fun, only when you get responses from clients or buyers. The essence of bidding on a job post requires a lot of practice and insight. Keeping that in mind, writing a perfect proposal not only to convince the client in first go but also to make an impact, you have to follow certain guidelines.
I have been in the field for more than six years now. Started off from oldest freelancing websites like ODesk and Elance, one of the sister companies, now known as Upwork. I have also Worked at Guru, Freelancer and Fiverr too. Currently, I work at People per hour where I am a CERT 5 Freelancer .
Incase if you have no idea about freelancing, I have written complete details about How to work online on People per hour. You can check the following articles if you are interested to start freelancing from scratch.
- Freelancing Basics with people per hour platform
- How to earn online from freelancing and blogging 101 Guide
- How to write a killer proposal for freelance Jobs
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- 1 Art of writing a proposal: core elements:
- 2 First three months of blogging
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- 4 2. Flawless familiarity with different freelancing websites:
- 5 3. How to determine this is the job post to bid on?
- 6 Conclusion
Art of writing a proposal: core elements:
First thing first, you need to know the elements to bear in mind while writing a proposal. These pointers will definitely help you in every way to make sure that the job is meant for you and nobody else. However, the tone and usage of words, sentence structure, using correct grammar and similar language concerns are the worst enemies. Be sure whatever written is flawlessly smooth. Here are those elements which govern the utility of a successful proposal.
a) Explicit explanation of Expertise
If you are a freelancer who has expertise in logo designing, or let’s say writing blogs, etc. then mention it along with the reason/s why:
- You have interest in it.
- Since when you are into it.
- Your years of experience in the said field etc
Also make sure that you use words which actually give the feel of how much you like doing the related work. Avoiding the use of words “much”, “very”, “little”, etc. which does not give the exact amount of feel. Sounds crazy, but yeah! These small things do matter when you are applying or proposing as a writer.
b) Past successful experiences:
Past experiences, how was it, what you liked and how was it executed; everything related to the job post must be written down. Openly, frankly yet maintaining the limitations. Besides past experiences, also write about the real reason why you are bidding on the job. How you see it completing? These questions should be answered in bullet points, drawing an instant attention of the client/buyer.
If you have done any specialization, diploma or taken a certificate, won an award – don’t forget to write about it. Make it very simple, perhaps one or two sentences at the most, concise enough with complete meaning. This takes clients interest from other proposals and he or she wants to know more about you and the services offered.
d) Skills in hand and knowledge:
Skills are additional plus point in the proposals. If let’s say you know how to write, design an info-graphic, create a campaign, etc. then do let the client know about it. Don’t hesitate in putting doubts “what if he doesn’t like”? And such questions. Write proposal with full faith and trust, intending to win the bidding.
e) Why should the client hire you and not anyone else?
Last but not the least, your proposal MUST have one liner with several bullet points as to why a client should hire you!! There are so many freelancers now, why exactly he, the client hire you? Possible reasons could be:
- Work is delivered on time.
- Unlimited editing and proofreading is provided, if any.
- Content will be search engine optimized with an info-graphic.
2. Flawless familiarity with different freelancing websites:
Second point which is much, much necessary to cope with is the terms and conditions of websites. Each freelancing website, let it be any of these mentioned below, has its own notions to keep ahead from other sites in comparison. You, being the freelancer must know the terms and psychology of the clients on certain sites. You can check out my article about the platform of People per hour to know its specific details regarding registration, job and payment methodology.
What does this mean? I know it is quite a sour experience when you mix policies of two or three websites. Since it happened with me, I know the feel!! Just be careful while writing a proposal, see the guidelines before bidding.
3. How to determine this is the job post to bid on?
This is one of those questions which is mostly ignored. The reason to it is solemnly on the bitter reality that it is never too much ! Freelancers make many mistakes out of which following are mostly repeated time and again:
a) Interest and skills:
- Never bid or send proposals on those jobs which are not interesting. As in not that you can’t work on it, but more of that these are less challenging or more expectations are attached, etc.
- When you take work, in case you win the job, you won’t do your best. This will lead to problems in completing the task assigned. Bringing negativity in the portfolio. Negative or bad reviews will be shared with the rest which is absolutely the last thing which you would ever want in your profile.
b) Working hours and compensation:
- Another suggestion would be about working hours versus compensation. If you know the worth of an hour and the proposal is about less than the average amount, then the best call is to wait for more opportunities. Despite the fact that you want to build a portfolio, a good appealing profile, you should start with the best in your sight. Don’t underestimate your capabilities or otherwise.
c) Reading and comprehending the job post:
- Read the job post clearly before writing a proposal. See what is required, when it is needed, how much are you getting from it, etc. After going through it in detail, write a proposal only if you think it is a good call. You can check my strategies of How to write a Killer proposal to know what it requires to write a complete job proposal.
d) Write a customized proposal not scripted ones:
Most of the freelancers use scripted proposals and not the customized ones. Which is why client doesn’t revert. Proposals must be such which are about the job for which you are applying. Not for something which was done in the past.
Proposals should be such which showcases your talent, skills, what have you done in the past. When it comes to writing it from the scratch, you should use correct format and words. Everything matters and everything is noticed. If you get a job, then it is quite possible that you get the same client again. It happens in most of the cases.
I wish you all the best with the proposals you write.