Freelance job platforms are home to thousands of people competing for the same job, but making your bid stand out from the competition is key to winning opportunities.
Each job posting will have a list of requirements and you may or may not meet those requirements, but in the end the employer will make a decision based on the bid you have submitted. While there is no magic formula for winning each and every bid, there are some factors that contribute to making you stand out from the rest.
Follow these steps to help you submit a winning bid:
1. Understand the job offer
Read the job description and make sure you understand what the employer expects from you. Many of the employers will have very specific requirements and some applications will have special instructions for you to include in your cover letter.
2. Bid clearly and state your terms
Keep your bid simple and state exactly what you will do in return for the exact amount of money per project or per hour. Also be clear about exactly how long it will take you to complete the project. Remember to under-promise and over-deliver. Clear bids relay confidence and that will work in your favour. Ask questions if you are unclear at all.
3. Provide samples and more info
Always include samples, or a link to your portfolio page to show that you are confident in your work and so that the client can see what you are capable of.
If you attach portfolio pieces, include only 2-3 short, but high-quality samples. Be sure to put the items in PDF format and include watermarks, as well as a copyright statement.
4. Double-check your bid
There's no worse way to show your efficiency and attention to detail than poor spelling and grammatical errors. Put your best foot forward by checking your proposal before clicking on submit.
When you apply for a job, it is a good idea to remember that there are several other candidates who possibly have more skills and experience than you, who will also be prepared to work for less money than you. But don't let that get you down.
Just because someone else has more to offer in terms of skills and qualifications, doesn't mean that they can exceed client expectations in the other areas where you shine.
Responsiveness is your main asset as a freelancers. Provided you are responsive to clients' needs, and you offer a well-rounded, groomed service, clients will see that as value.
Exceptional customer service from the moment you submit a bid will ensure that you build great working relationships with your clients.