Newbie Freelancers, Here’s Where You’re Going Wrong!

Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Kriti Gupta

Founder & Owner of: Scribbling It Up

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life and Writing Writer

While a number of organizations are looking to outsource their blog articles for their websites through various freelancing channels, a larger number of home-based newbie freelancers are hassling with submitting winning proposals, hoping it at least makes it to the client’s shortlisted category.

Usually, after a sending about 50 to 60 proposals and not winning any gigs, a freelancer is left demotivated and wonders what really went wrong.

So freelancers, listen up! Presenting to you a wee list of things that you need to keep in mind before sending another proposal to what looks like a promising client.

Bin Empty Promises

No really. Enough of those promises to give a quality work done on time and on budget. Instead, explain WHY your work is going to be of high quality, HOW the budget you propose does justice to your strengths and WHY you’ll need a certain amount of time to get the job done. Try the road less traveled and opt for proposals that are unique, original and which conveys meaningful promises. Indicate how they want you, and not the other way around.

Ctrl+V: NO NO!

Employers aren’t fools. The last thing you want to do is impress them with a standard proposal used for all other clients. Do the homework. Research about their company if it’s mentioned and about the topic that’s included. Next, personalize your proposal. Learn thoroughly about what the client wants and then address how you’re going to tackle each unique project step by step. Instead of flooding them with all the work you’ve done till date, attach the relevant sample of work that fits the company’s market.

Choose Clients Rationally

Do not go binge-shopping on contracts. Don’t invest time sending CVs and proposals where you know your qualifications will not be preferred. Instead, pay attention to what clients want in each project and assess if you are capable and have the interest to finish that relevant job. Place yourself in the client’s shoe and think why would he hire you among many other candidates. Do you have the skills? What about sufficient experience in the field? Does the budget somewhat match with what you want? If no, scroll down and look for another project. Remember it’s them who needs work done. For you? Here’s something that might console you: Do you have any idea how many jobs are posted online an hour on average?

Are you a newbie freelancer digging to earn contracts? If so, what do you think is the problem when failed attempts drain up your motivation?

Article Credits: Kriti Gupta

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    Vladimir Covic 2 years ago

    Hi Krita, Yes, this pretty much sums the mistakes new freelancers make in their proposals. I’d also add that often less is more and your proposal doesn’t have to be a novel. If the client can’t read it in 2 minutes or less and scan it easily, he won’t bother, so all your effort was in vain.

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      kritikgupta 2 years ago

      Yes, you’re right. A proposal does need to be short before the *yawn* factor comes in. Thank you for pointing that out, Vladimir. Have a good day!

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    wilsontechwriting 2 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I have been freelance writing for about 8 months. I have been successful in getting some gigs every week. I hope to take it to the next level. My ultimate goal is to be 100% freelancer. Any comments or tips would be great! Thanks!

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    Wanderfully Living 2 years ago

    Great post!

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    Shee Vee 1 year ago

    Thanks for this! I’ve literally just started freelancing. I haven’t submitted any proposals yet but I will keep these tips in mind for when I do start.

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    Austin L. Wiggins 1 year ago

    Kritik, This is great advice that I wish I’d taken when I was trying to be a freelance. I’ll take this into account when I am trying to pursue freelance goals again.

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    Brainy Versatility 1 year ago

    It is always good to help out new beginner in whatever field they are in 😀 I wrote a similar post about tips for new bloggers as well. With the Free lancer post I sure did need tips on it since I am thinking of getting into it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it. Much Respect.

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    forever_herie 1 year ago

    I don’t even know where to start . I want to freelance but I never seem to be able to get a good deal

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      kritikgupta 1 year ago

      Start off with making a target of sending at least 10 proposals to various clients each day. Remember, patience is the key. Cheers! 🙂

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