How To Write A Successful Elance Proposal

How To Write A Successful Elance Proposal

One of the difficult challenges freelancers face is attempting to find constant sources of work. This can be especially hard when working with a free profile on a freelance website that limits your monthly proposal submission allowance. They key is to not only submit as many proposals as possible, but to submit proposals that have worth to the potential employer; proposals that are persuasive and are indicative of previous freelance writing experience work best.

Despite the point of a proposal, many freelancers find themselves unable to sell themselves in a professionally flattering light, leaving them jobless.. Proposals can be a difficult challenge and cracking the code will unlock the door to a plethora of employment opportunities. Unfortunately it can be difficult to work out what employers want to hear.

Try some of these tricks for writing an Elance proposal that will get you noticed.

1.   Let Them Know You’re Interested

Although this seems like an obvious thing to do, most people don’t actually show their interest to employers. Clients don’t want to feel like just another extra source of money to service providers, but rather a business that service providers have a passion for.

Make sure to include a phrase that shows you’re interested and this is something you believe in. Make it expressly clear that you’ve selected this job for a reason and let them know that reason. Listing two or three clear points as to why their specific task appeals to you will show them that you’ve read the brief clearly and feel that it’s something that both you and them can cooperate on and that high quality work will be produced due to your personal interest.

2.   Give Them Relevant Experience

Unfortunately for new freelancers, most employers want to know that this isn’t your first experience of the field you’re attempting to access.  Your proposal is your opportunity to showcase your previous encounters with the industry and how they can translate to the job in hand.

Use two or three examples that vary to show your wealth of information and experience in the topic. You can draw from professional and personal experience in the job, such as previous employment positions you’ve held that are similar, volunteer work you may have undertaken which is relevant to the subject, degree modules that covered similar topics and qualifications that are specific to the job. So, for example,  if you’re applying for a server administrator job, let your employer know you have CCNA certifications, or if it’s a translation job you’re after, tell them about your semester abroad at college.

3.   Tell Them What You’ll Do

Strangely, freelancers often neglect to do this despite its overwhelming importance to a proposal. You have to tell your employer your plans – propose what you intend to do. If they’re asking you to write ten articles on the topic, give them some example titles. The more specific you are, the clearer picture you give the prospective employer of what they can expect.

Secondly, this shows you’ve read the brief thoroughly and comprehend exactly what they’re looking for.  Furthermore, it shows them that you can work under direction as well as being able to use your initiative to figure out what they’re asking for.

4.   Sell Yourself

Always give them some reasons why they should specifically hire you when concluding your proposal. Let them know your attributes. Are you a fast worker? Do you have a five-star rating? Let your employer know these things so that they can see immediately that you have the qualities they’re looking for in a prospective employee.

5.   Evidence

There are a few ways to backup what you’re saying in your proposal. You can finish your proposal by offering references if they would like them. This shows that you’re willing to prove that someone else can vouch for your freelance work services.

Alternatively, you can direct them towards the feedback on your profile. One of the excellent things Elance offers is the exceptional feedback system which works wonders when trying to show an employer that you produce high quality work. They can see which areas you excel in and learn firsthand how employers found both your work and professional attitude.

Lastly, you can attach a previous piece of work. This not only validates your claims but also allows them to see the quality and style of your work.

6.   Be Reasonable

Look at the budget they have for the project and think carefully about how much you want to charge. Don’t try to underbid the lowest price; this is unprofessional and shows you don’t think highly of your services. Secondly, don’t offer the highest price as employers are always looking for a bargain. Try to think about the hours it would take and compare that to previous freelance work performed of the same style.

Writing an Elance proposal can be challenging but is integral to gaining freelance work. The trick is to write your Elance proposal correctly to incite confidence in your ability, which will in turn open a series of job opportunities to you. Just remember to provide evidence for the attributes and interests you supply in the proposal, and keep each proposal specific  to the job you’re applying for.

About Our Guest Contributor

Emily Jenkins is a freelance writer with a passion for furthering her knowledge. If she’s not working you can find her tuned into a documentary or listening to TED talks online. Fascinated with knowledge, she reads anything she can get her hands on. She recently found out about e-learning from and enrolled herself on a few courses to expand her horizons in subjects she’d never previously considered.

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