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The fact is each employer is as different as each freelancer, so there really isnít a ďmagic formulaĒ that works for every bid.
There are, however some important steps you can take to increase the chances that a prospective employer will consider your bid seriously.
Here are simple tips:
You should always take the time to go through the description thoroughly.
After all, if the employer doesnít feel you understand the project, youíre not likely to win the bidding. Besides, many employers will ask for specific details that you need to be aware of. In fact, employers often include a phrase that must be included in your bid in order to have it considered.
If you have questions, do ask.
Winning a project without knowing exactly what youíre getting into isnít a good situation for you or the service buyer.
Keep your bid message clear, concise and to the point.
Remember that the employer may have dozens or even hundreds of bids to consider. Itís very likely that every word of every bid isnít going to be read. Bids with unnecessarily long descriptions may be skipped over completely. Donít invite the employer to ignore your bid by making it too wordy.
State your terms clearly.
Using the project description as a guide, be as precise as possible in stating exactly what youíll provide, how much it will cost, and how long it will take to deliver. Being vague about your terms implies a lack of confidence. If youíre not confident in yourself, the employer wonít be, either.
Follow up with a private message.
After you place your bid, use the private message board to provide more information. This is the appropriate place to add those less important details you avoided in your bid. After all, if your bid generated enough interest to get the employer this far, youíre halfway there. Now those details may make the difference.
Itís always a good idea to upload samples with your private message or provide links to online examples. Be sure, however, that your examples are appropriate for the job and represent your best work. Quality, not quantity is usually the rule of thumb.
A word of caution:
Unless youíre prepared to give your work away, any samples you provide should bear a watermark or other means of identification or at the very least your name and a statement of copyright.
Be competitive with your pricing.
Note that this doesn't necessarily mean you need to be the lowest bidder. Bidding in a world-wide marketplace makes for tough competition, but if your work is truly above average, you may find that employers are willing to pay above average prices. On the other hand, if youíre relatively new to freelancing, you may need to establish a reputation first. A little common sense will go a long way here.
Donít oversell yourself.
A little self-confidence is a good thing, but over-the-top claims probably wonít impress anyone. Being frank and honest about your skills will get you much farther than a lot of hype.
Last, but certainly not least, proofread your bid before you submit it
. Is it written clearly? Are there misspellings? No matter what kind of project youíre bidding on, a poorly written proposal suggests a lack of interest and poor work habits. Neither of those is going to work in your favor.
You will find these articles helpful:
10 Tips for Writing an Effective Bid
Tips for New Freelancers
hope that helps