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Writing and Pricing Internet Freelancing Proposals

Proposals are offers that freelancers use to convince clients to select them for projects: they are the means by which the potential that a project represents is converted into the reality of freelance work. And so, the amount of work you’ll have as a freelancer is to a great degree a function of your ability to write clear, persuasive proposals. Freelancers shouldn’t under­estimate how important this is: it doesn’t matter how good you are if you can’t explain to clients why they should hire you.

In this content-packed chapter I cover the following subjects:

  • An overview of general objectives of writing proposals, and how to understand what clients are looking for.

  • Suggestions for getting clarification from clients on vague projects, and strategies for the use of pre-bid questions and public message systems.

  • Tips for successful client communication.

  • Using proposal templates.

  • Deciding on an appropriate amount of effort to put into a proposal based on the project characteristics.

  • Avoiding common pitfalls in writing proposals, such as using boilerplate proposals, bidding before you fully understand the project, or making unrealistic delivery timeframe promises.

  • An overview of key considerations that influence the value of freelance projects.

  • How to assess the competition by looking at the number of other bidders and their past history, the average value of bids already placed, and so on.

  • Deciding on an optimal pricing strategy for the project, based on criteria such as the estimated value of the project to the client, your desired compensation rate, how inter­esting you believe the work will be, how full your schedule is, and more.

  • How to recognize and professionally handle some of the common gimmicks that certain clients use to try to get lower bids.

My current estimated date for publishing this chapter: Late Winter 2011-12


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