1. Read the entire project description
A lot of us in the initial stages copy/paste proposals without bothering to read the project description. Its time you make an effort to go through description and address client requirements and post relevant questions, if any.
2. Keep your bid to the point
It is important you take cognizance of the fact that a client has to go through dozens of proposals and this will be a lot more stressful if most of them send lengthy proposals. It is therefore important you keep your initial sales pitch short and elegant. It will help you in getting shortlisted.
3. Be specific about your terms of work
Yes, it is important to explain to your potential client what your standard terms are and at the same time request client to mention their end of terms and you then need to reach to a middle path unless client is your terms of work are reasonable and inline with his preferences.
4. Be quick to respond
Getting response from a client is an indicator he/she is potentially interested in interviewing and considering you for hiring. Hence, make it a point to respond to client using minimum turn around time.
5. Time to work on the fly
Websites such as freelancer.com allow you to download their mobile app and work on the fly. You can tender bids, accept projects, interact with clients and do a lot more wherever you are.
6. Have a complete portfolio
Don’t leave any stone unturned. Your profile is like a business card that either leaves an impression or does nothing. Make sure your profile along with portfolio. When was the last time you updated your profile? Time to get your act together.
7. Make sure you protect your interests
This is a word of caution especially for new freelancers that find it difficult to land their 1st deal. You need not worry because there is a huge scope on freelancing marketplace and its only a matter of time before you get the 1st breakthrough and that’s when you need to make the most of it.
8. Pricing has to be fair
Needless to say, pricing along with the value you added by offering your services Vs your competitors makes or breaks the deal. You must hence articulate how to price and what to offer to your client so he makes the right choice.
9. Don’t overcommit and under deliver
I myself experienced this in past when I ended up getting a lot of leads and thought it would be a great idea to take any number of projects that came my way. This created a lot of stress, confusion and I had to cancel some projects which is not a professional approach.
10. Check your proposal twice
Is there any harm? Certainly not. Clients have become more informed and choosy with the wide range of freelancing options the market offers and you therefore need to be on top of your game and double check your proposal before sending it across to your clients.