If you have gone around websites that offer freelance writing jobs online like Elance, Upwork or Freelancer, you would know that all of these websites require you to submit a proposal when you are bidding for the project.
You might be new to this and take it lightly but let me tell you these proposals are your first impressions in front of the client and if you mess this up, you might just not get the job.
Here are some of my tips for writing proposal for freelance writing jobs –
- Do not create a generic proposal and copy paste
Creating a single statement and thinking it would work with every project is just wrong. When the client tells you your requirement, you have to let him know why you would be a great fit to execute it.
You think you are the only smart one around, trying to save time by copy/ pasting stuff ? The client has probably seen many more proposals like that.
- Read the project requirements
You got to remember one thing – it’s not about you, it’s about the project. Read client’s requirements carefully and let them know how well you can handle it.
Avoid taking the project in haste and then realise what a dump you have got yourself into. Take your time to analyse the situation and then take a decision.
- Take special consideration of the deadlines
Just because you got an interesting project and you would want to work on it does not make it all okay. You have to make sure you can actually do it within the specified deadlines.
I have seen so many freelancers miss deadlines, well, I am guilty too. But missing deadlines puts a bad impression in front of your client and at the same time delivering well before the deadline will make your client feel like you are committed to it.
- Check the client’s profile
You need to do this to make sure the client isn’t fake. If you are dealing with the client directly, make sure to cross check their identity through a public profile. Skypes and twitter are always misleading, go for Facebook or linkedin.
If you are dealing with the client through one of the websites mentioned above then you can check the client’s reviews there, how many people have they hired and how much money they have spent in the past.
- Do not bid on everything
Here is the thing – Just like you can see the other projects in the list, so can your client. He might be checking the other projects to see the pricing, requirements and all but he will be checking.
And when he sees you bidding on every damn project, it won’t take him long to recognize you are not serious about his own project. Be choosy about your projects but make sure you bid on the ones you are interested in.
- See the other bidder’s you are competing with
How would you know where you stand without checking your competition ? Cross check through each and every other person on the list and know where you stand against them.
If you think they are better than you then see why they are better and what you could to do match up to their level.
- No big stories, get to the point
Do you know how annoying it is to read a 300 word proposal ? The client is already confused with the plenty proposals on his hand, and he will never have the time to read through the entire proposal.
Keep it simple and short, within 100-150 words and stick to the point
- Proofread your proposal
It can be super embarrassing when you are applying for a writing job and you have a spelling mistake in your own proposal ! You know you have lost the project then and there.
Proofread your proposal atleast a million times before hitting send and save yourself the embarrassment.
- It’s not about winning the project but working on it
So your billion dollar proposal won against the others and you finally won the project? Instead of gloating on your victory for the next whole week, start working it and putting your heart into it.
Hope I helped you a little today ! Till next time J