How to Bid a Proposal on Elance

Getting in to Elance can seem frightening at first and effective proposals can make all the difference. To get a good start on the process, move on to Step 1.

Steps

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    Sign up for E-Lance.
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    Identify your specialty.
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    Build a profile, including links to your previous work, if possible.
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    Click on the "Find Work," tab in between "Hire," and "Manage." This will open to a place where you can browse or search
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    Browse in your specialty, or, if you have something specific in mind, search.
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    Click on the hyperlink and carefully review the job. On the right hand side of the page is a space for writing your proposal.
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    Start with a formal salutation: Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs. whatever name they give. If you don't know the gender, just use the ny to restate the terms of the project to show that you understand the project.
    • Give them a brief statement of one or two sentences stating why you would be good for the project.
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    Present details of your proposal in the second paragraph.
    • Break down your proposal into nuts and bolts. For instance, for a writing project, make your estimate for the total number of words. If they want ten 400-600 word articles, you could average them out for a total of 5000 words, then multiply that by what you want to charge, either hourly or in words per minute.
    • You'll be detailing and justifying how much you will bill the client.
    • Ensure that you do not make a proposal outside of their listed budgetary constraints.
    • You can also explain the delivery date in this section. Make your best estimate for how long the work will take you, and explain it to the client.
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    Submit the proposal to the client, and await their response.

Tips

  • Early on, it may pay off to accept lower pay, but remember that some requesters will want quality work, and may turn their noses up at low bidders.
  • Make sure to be specific, and pay attention to the details of the request.
  • Don't get discouraged, at the beginning you may feel ignored.
  • It doesn't pay to put all of your eggs in one basket at first, so try applying to several jobs at once.

Warnings

  • This does not pertain to coding or design proposals, but presents the perspective of a freelance writer on elance.

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