Why You Need To Master Writing a Perfect Proposal

American

Every freelancer needs to know how to craft a great proposal

Whether you are just starting out with freelancing but are not sure how to break in, or you have been freelancing for years and are coming to the end of a project, the art of writing a good proposal is just something every freelancer needs to master. It is an essential part of your career and can make the difference between getting good projects or struggling to land enough work to live off of.

Here are 10 tips that will help you create a proposal that helps you stand out.

1. Make It Personal

Right from the beginning, one of the most important steps you take is to make your proposal feel like it has a personal touch. Do as much research about your potential client as you can. Check out their social media handles and study their company to get a feel for who they are and what they value. The client wants to know that you would give them proper attention. Personalizing the proposal shows you are capable of doing that. Using a phrase like “To Whom it May Concern” can feel distant, try to get a real name or just introduce yourself as if you are having a conversation. If they have given you any specific details make sure you mention those throughout the proposal, they were given for a reason.

2. Start With a Bang

Freelance sites are competitive. The client you want probably has received 50 other proposals. Have you ever had to read through a pile of CV’s? It’s draining, so make sure the most important things you want them to take away are in the first few lines. Just the highlights, not your whole work history, just the most important things you want them to know about you.

3. Get Into The Project

Now tell them how you would handle their project. Make sure you included any details they mentioned.

4. Include a Timeline

Time is money so make sure you mention how quickly you would complete the work.

5. Make It Visual

This is where you can really stand out. Pictures are far more eye catching, plus they allow you to show a sample of your work. Don’t provide your whole portfolio just a few samples and if you can customize it just for them, even better.

6. Tell Them Why You Are Right For The Job

Tell them why you think you are the best fit for this project specifically.

7. Provide Costs

Even if you don’t have all the details you can help them move along to a decision by including some costs such as your hourly rate.

8. Ask Questions

If they haven’t provided you with some key points about the project make sure you add any questions you might have. Again, it shows your attention to detail and helps them problem solve.

9.Provide Your Social Media Handles

This is a great way for a potential client to get to know you and see more of your work! Make sure they are professional in nature.

10. Add in a Call To Action

Suggest a virtual meeting on a certain day and time to show you are eager and willing to move forward. Keep it slightly casual, “like I would love to explain what else I can do for you, why don’t we schedule a quick chat”. Include a way to easily get in touch with you, Google chat or Skype are easy to use and most people are familiar with them.

For more samples of proposals we think look great, check out these links;

How To Write The Best Freelance Proposal

Sample Freelance Proposals

Project Proposal

Proposal Sample

Posted in Resources, Freelancing For Beginners, Freelancing Tips on Jun 15, 2017

Follow Sagegroupy

    Recent Posts

  • Navigating the Holiday Season as a Freelancer

    Posted in Freelancing Tips on Nov 12, 2018

    Whether they plan to take time off or continue to work hard, freelancers have to make decisions about their business and navigate the holiday season on their own. What can freelancers do to prepare for the holiday season? Whether you’re planning to take some time off or use the holidays to make some money, here are some tips to help you get through this crazy time of year.

  • Do I have to Hustle my Brand to Succeed?

    Posted in Freelancing For Beginners, Freelancing Tips on Nov 05, 2018

    What if you don’t want to spend a lot of time hustling your brand and would rather focus on just doing the work that your clients need, are you doomed to fail as a freelancer? If this big question is on your mind as you debate whether or not freelancing is for you, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is: you do have to do some marketing, it cannot be avoided if you want clients to find you. The good news is: marketing yourself doesn’t have to be the difficult hustle you think it is and you aren’t doomed to always be selling yourself.

  • Routes and Requirements to Becoming an Online Educator

    Posted in Resources on Oct 26, 2018

    Are you passionate about education but don’t want to be tied down to a specific location? If so, becoming an online educator might be the right fit for you.

  • Email Marketing for Freelancers

    Posted in Resources, Freelancing Tips, Business Tips on Oct 19, 2018

    Email marketing may seem pretty old-school but it is still one of the most effective ways for small businesses to reach other small businesses, and it is a great way for freelancers to keep themselves fresh in the mind of potential clients. See what an email marketing strategy needs to make it successful.

  • What do Clients Want?

    Posted in Freelancing Tips on Oct 12, 2018

    When you are competing against the growing ranks of talented freelancers, how do you stand out from the pack and land the jobs you need? Here's what clients are really looking for.

  • The Top 5 Reasons Why Freelancing is Ideal

    Posted in News on Oct 05, 2018

    If you're thinking of making the leap from traditional employment into freelancing this list might help you make the transition, check out the top 5 reasons why we think freelancing is ideal.

  • How to Get Started as a Freelance Business Consultant

    Posted in Freelancing For Beginners, Freelancing Tips on Sep 28, 2018

    Do you have the interest, experience and work habits required to be a freelance business consultant? If you have years of business experience and are thinking of taking your expertise out of the office and into the freelance world, here are some steps you can take in order to build your own freelance business consultant business.

  • Get and Keep Clients Onboard with these 5 Steps

    Posted in Freelancing Tips, Business Tips on Sep 21, 2018

    A solid onboard process and package can save you time and help you screen out projects that do not fit within your business parameters. Even though each project is unique, you can create a process that will give each of your clients the necessary information about working with you and enable you to gather important information from them. We've narrowed down the process of getting and keeping clients onboard to 5 easy steps that can be adapted for any freelance business.

  • Promote Yourself as a Freelancer

    Posted in Freelancing For Beginners, Freelancing Tips on Sep 14, 2018

    One of the most important things you can do in order to attract clients and get yourself hired as a newly-minted or seasoned freelancer is to promote yourself. If you have the skills clients need, they will hire you - but only if they can find you first! Here are some tips you can use to promote your business.

  • Youtube Channels for Freelancers

    Posted in Resources on Sep 07, 2018

    Youtube is a great place for solopreneurs to find inspiration, motivation and lessons on developing the skills you need to grow your own business. We've rounded some of the best channels to guide you on your path to success as a freelancer.


Tags


Comments

Please sign in to comment!