The aim of freelancing sites is to offers clients with a pool of freelancers waiting to be hired for a job. Hundreds of jobs and projects are posted in these sites every day; consequently, millions of freelancers are always on the lookout for projects that suits their skills. Imagine how fiery the competition would be given that there are hundreds of freelancers with various and diverse skill levels and credentials across the globe.
There is no easy way to outwit your competitors. Hence, you have to go through the same application process like anybody else—apply and bid for the job. However, you can still outshine your competitors by bidding effectively for a project. Here are ten tips on how to write an effective bid that can help make your application stand out among the rest.
- You should always start with the basic. Before bidding for a project, you must read and understand the description of the project thoroughly. You must have a good grasp of the specifics of the project and what the employer needs to be done. Employers will always have a way to check whether you have understood the specifics. At times during the application process, employers would instruct you to add the stipulated phrase (included on the description of the project) on your application message. If the employers observed that you have failed to follow this simple instruction, you will not be considered for the project. Always remember that employers are aiming to hire freelancers who take time in reading and understanding the specifics and instructions for the project.
- If in doubt, ask. This is one of the golden rules in writing an effective bid. If you have queries about the project, you post on the Project Clarification Board before you make your bid. Employers would appreciate your queries since it signifies that you are interested for the project and you are always open for communication.
- In writing your bid, always be direct to the point. There is no room for lengthy and wordy bids—It will not strike the employers attention. Make sure that your message is clear and concise since employers have a number of bids to check and consider.
- Be sure to state your terms clearly and you should be specific for there is no room for stating vague terms. After reading the description of the project, surely you will already have the idea on what skills are required for the project. This will guide you in stating your skills, cost and turn-around time. If you are not sure yet with the terms, use the Project Clarification Board to ask for more details. This will surely help you provide a clear term.
- After placing a bid, you may follow up your application by sending a private message through the private message board. If you have made an impact through your bid, you can use your private message board to contact the employers and provide more details about your skills.
- To make your bid stand-out, it is best to upload or provide links of your sample works along with your private message to employers. You must be wise enough to provide samples that are in line with the project you are bidding for. You do not need to send too many sample works. You just have to send your best output to be able to represent the quality of your work.
- Before you show your works, add a watermark or other identification for safety purposes. You do not want to allow others to plagiarise your work so be sure to protect your samples by adding identification or copyright.
- Since you are in a global marketplace, you must be competitive with your price. You do not need to have the lowest price. After all, if the employers found your skills as above average they will always be willing to pay for your skill level. But if you are new in this industry, it is advisable to start from the scratch in order to build a reputation. Your reputation will help the employers determine whether you are worth the investment or not.
- Be confident; but you do not need to oversell your skills and yourself. You must always exercise humility because you do not need to exaggerate and brag your credentials. This will not impress anyone, let alone the employers. All you need to do is to be honest about your skills, especially your strengths and limitations.
- Lastly, before submitting your bid, it would not hurt to check and proofread your proposal. Apart from checking your grammar and spelling, you must check the clarity of your bid. Double-check whether you have really understood the instructions on the description of the project or whether you have stated your terms clearly. You must always check what you are submitting because it will reflect your work habits.
These ten tips will help you gain confidence in writing a bid for your desired project. Then again, these will not guarantee a sure hire. After all, there is no formula in freelancing. Nonetheless, these will help your bidding stand out among your competitors, your co-freelancers.