Tips to bid on proposal as a beginner | My own way to bid and observe clients mentality
Are you new to freelancing and are unaware on how to grab good jobs on freelancing sites?
Well this article is for those beginners who wants to learn how to bid for a proposal in a freelancing platform. In a pro account, there are three types of proposals involved:
- Low In any freelancing site, no matter how good your cover letter is, bidding a proposal the right way matters a lot and can land you the project. The ideas that I’m going to share are the tried and tested ones, and will be good use to you during your bidding. These ideas will also ensure you that if correctly understood and executed, you will not have the necessity of buying pro accounts at all and will work on any different freelancing sites. So without further ado, let’s get straight to the topic.
We will be using an example of Upwork to demonstrate how to bid with your proposal for the job.
The screenshot you can see below is a job advertisement at Upwork. The scope of the work is converting PDFs to Word documents.
Read the proposal properly and understand their requirements
The screenshot also shows that they require people with excellent hold on MS Word, good command on English and ability to reword and rephrase sentences. In the bottom they have also mentioned that they have over 40000 documents that needs to be done by hiring 5 people.
So what should your next step be?
You should write a good quality cover letter. Consider the sample given below for reference.
The next aspect you should check is the charges for your work on per hour basis. Mostly the dashboard inputs the default charges you have fed in while creating your account, but you can also edit it according the effort required for the work or whatever charges you think fits the job description.
Randomly inputting the charges can lead to rejection of your profile. Hence, let us understand how much to exactly bid by understanding the job description clearly.
First check the client’s hiring rate
The client has an 82% hire rate. Note that you consider clients with hire rate of above 70%.
If you see the screenshot given below, you will notice that the client has spent around $80000 on Upwork on an average rate of $5.78 paid per hour.
These factors helps in giving us a better idea on how much to bid for this particular proposal.
Next factors are for pro members of Upwork who can view the maximum and minimum bids given by other bidders. Being a pro account holder at Upwork gives you a leverage to check all these and stay ahead of the competition. Pro members can also check the previous project details posted by the client along with the feedback.
Moving PDFs to word document jobs were offered by the client earlier as well, you can see the same in the screenshot given below.
You can also notice that, they have hired a person for 3$ to do this job and another person for 5$ for the same work.
After understanding all these factors, you get a rough idea about the bidding charges.
Change the same in your bidding dashboard to 5$.
After sending the proposal, I did get a response from the client.
Ensure you answer their questions accurately so they can understand your skill level and the level of your interest to work with them.
Note that you always remember to check the client’s history before bidding.