You found a project and now you want to apply 👏
If you have any questions or you believe that relevant information is missing, it is best to send a message to the customer and ask all the questions you need. This will allow you to make an estimate on the basis of concrete information and not on the basis of interpretations which may be misleading and that could become headaches later on 😉
Now you have a clear idea of what the client needs and you can send a proposal specifying how you would solve their needs and the amount you want to charge for this work.
It is important that the proposal is as personalized as possible so that the client feels that it is not just another proposal, but that you took a few minutes to make it 😊
Bear in mind these ideas when submitting your proposals:
- Apply your synthesis skills: give a brief summary of your skills and experience, highlighting those that are key to the project
- Adapt your proposal to what they look for: we know you have a standard proposal, but it is important that you adapt it for each particular search.
- Be clear and consistent: state clearly what your contribution would be to the client's needs. This means expressing in the proposal, in a concrete and professional way, what differentiates you from the rest and why you are the right person for the project!
- Show your availability and interest: the client wants collaborators who feel passion and commitment for what they do and you need to reflect this in your proposal: Why do you want to carry out this project? Why is it key that the client chooses you over another professional?
The proposal is your chance to communicate this and sell yourself! Take advantage of this opportunity and let them know that you are at their disposal to answer any questions they may have.
- Answer the client’s questions and requirements, if any. Many clients directly discard proposals that do not meet their information requirements ☹️ You don’t need to go into these points at length, you just need to answer their specific questions 😊
- Don't forget to review the proposal. Be sure to delete mistakes, repetitions, check spelling and most of all, the details of the proposal. You don't want to commit yourself to something you won't be able to fulfill or to something you didn't take into account when you made an estimate 😉