The world’s freelancing graph is moving up steadily. Many people are starting to consider freelancing as a secondary income source and some of them are even quitting their jobs, in order to work as a full-time freelancer. As far as freelancing websites are concerned, upwork is the largest one with an annual revenue of about $920M. For being successful, you need a tiny portion of this revenue. And for having a successful freelance career, you need to win jobs. And for winning jobs, you need to go ahead and bid on ’em. And for winning your bid, you need to submit an elegant job proposal which compels the client to award that project to you.

For being successful, you need a tiny portion of this revenue. And for having a successful freelance career, you need to win jobs. And for winning jobs, you need to go ahead and bid on ’em. And for winning your bid, you need to submit an elegant upwork proposal which could enforce the client to award that project to you.

Avoid Prolonged Introduction

I’ve been a hiring manager for a company. I see many freelancers “wasting” lot of space while writing a full-fledged introduction about themselves which is totally unncessary. The client already has your profile, he can look at this information if he wants. There’s no point in explaining all this in your cover letter. It isn’t something that would make the client happy about your upwork proposal.

Don’t use a template, Write it yourself

Another ugly fact is that many people tend to use pre-produced templates for their job proposals. This not only makes your proposal look very ‘casual’ but also decreases the chances of winning that job. I myself used to overlook such pre-formatted proposals. On the basis of my experience as a Hiring Manager, I would suggest you write custom cover letters for every proposal and address client’s requirements specifically. Tell him why you’re a perfect fit for this job post by explaining your strategy of handling that project. Make sure you’re writing things to-the-point. If a client is asking some questions, make sure you answer them in detail, instead of writing “Yes” / “No” only.

Your Profile Picture Matters!

YES, your profile picture is what gives your client first looks about your personality. Your profile picture depicts your level of competency and tells how influential you are. So, you need to make sure you’re setting a well composed sophisticated photograph as your profile picture.

Not sure how to decide which photo should you choose? Try PhotoFeeler.comget your photo voted and ranked by other fellows.

Are you on upwork?

If you’re freelancing on upwork, this one is for you:

You’ll often see “Additional Questions” client is asking, besides cover letter only. This is the time you play your cards wisely. I’ve worked on upwork as a client and I know how a job proposal appears on client side. These “Additional Questions” always appear BEFORE the cover letter. The cover letter is shown at the very end.

So, you MUST make sure that you answer these questions comprehensively because this is something client is going to look at first.

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