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5 Steps to Submitting the Perfect Freelance Proposal


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Whether you are a student, a new pro on the freelance market, or a seasoned veteran in your discipline, writing a killer proposal is essential for landing the best freelance projects.

Taking the time to carefully craft your proposals will not only help you beat out other competitors for the job, but will also help you better understand the tools and time needed to complete a project.

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5 Steps to Submitting the Perfect Freelance Proposal

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  2. 2. Whether you are a student, a new pro in the freelance market, or a seasoned veteran in your discipline, writing a killer proposal is essential if you want to land the best freelance projects. Take the time to carefully craft your proposals. Not only will it help you beat out other freelancers for the job, but you will also better understand the tools and time needed to complete a project.
  3. 3. Before you start typing, be sure to read all of the project details and familiarize yourself with the client. The more information you have, the better off you will be. Keep your online profiles scrubbed and up to date as well, as you can be sure that prospective clients will be doing research of their own. Once you’re up to speed, follow these steps to writing the perfect freelance proposal.
  4. 4. Set Yourself Apart 1 Make a splash with a strong introduction that shows commitment to the project. Your proposal should be succinct, showcasing your strong communication skills straight out of the gate. Outline the steps you will take to complete the project, and instill confidence that you are the right person for the job. Your online profile can tip the scales in your favor, be sure that yours is complete to give you that extra edge.
  5. 5. One of the biggest benefits of being a freelancer is the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and develop a wide range of skills. When preparing a proposal, it’s your job to tailor those skills to the needs of the client and communicate how you’ll use them to complete the project. Focus on relevant projects, degrees, certifications, etc. to align yourself with what the client needs. Sell your Skills 2
  6. 6. If the project description is missing details or seems confusing, don’t be afraid to fill in the blanks for them. Clients are counting on you to be the expert and guide their project to completion. Be prepared to advise them with detailed responses to their questions and feedback. Along the way, make sure to mention how long the project will take to complete, setting realistic expectations for both yourself and for the client before work even starts. Fill in the Blanks 3
  7. 7. Pick one example of a past project or relevant snapshot to include with your proposal. It’s been reported that 40% of people respond better to visual content than plain text, be sure to capitalize on this statistic with a visual representation of your work if applicable. Provide an explanation or a synopsis of the example you attached. How long did you have to complete the project? What were the limitations? Goals? Sharing an example of your best work without any context can sometimes be ineffective. Attach a Stellar Example 4
  8. 8. To ensure that your writing reads as well as you think it does, take a moment to read it aloud. Your proposal should be clearly structured with language that is easy to understand. Always take special care to proofread it for spelling and grammar before clicking “Submit”. You only get one chance at a first impression with a potential client! Read your Proposal Aloud 5
  9. 9. Translating your skills into a perfect proposal creates additional work up-front, but it will pay off in the long run. Using these steps will help to persuade a potential client that you have the proper tools and drive to complete their project and exceed their expectations. With these tips in mind, what are you waiting for? Get started by submitting your first proposal on Gigs by Experts Exchange today!
  10. 10. Gigs connects you with talented freelancers to complete your next project. Hire the best, collaborate easily, and get projects done right. About Experts Exchange Get Started