When seeking out freelance work, the proposal is the meat and potatoes of your effort to get hired and get paid. If you’re a writer, the proposal is also a showcase for your skills because your skill in selling yourself is reflective of your ability to write on behalf of your client.
A good proposal should be concise, powerful and persuasive. It should also have a logical flow which answers the following questions:
o What will you do?
o Why will you do it in the manner you describe?
o How will you do it?
o How much will you charge?
o What are your payment terms (including up front fees)?
o When will you do it?
Start your proposal with an introductory paragraph summarizing any information that has already been discussed. This is important to show you understand the desires of the client. Sometimes the client may only read this portion (it happens) so make sure you get the most important points in the introduction.
Here’s an example freelance bid proposal.
Your contact info
Client’s contact info
After reviewing your requirements, I’ve researched the aspects of the project as you’ve specified. As I see it you’re looking for a web site that provides (feature), (feature) and (feature). I believe we are best suited to provide you with the solution you’re looking for that will not only (insert benefit) but will (another benefit). Below you will find my ideas to carry out the solution you seek.
With our combined 20 years of experience developing these solutions, I am confident you will be most satisfied with the work we do. We feel that designing a web site is for more than just making money. Our background in design and marketing will lead to a website that helps you gain new customers and keep the ones you have while presenting your company with the image you envision.
You will find our bid for this project and payment terms on the following page. This quote is good for 30 days from the date presented. Upon acceptance, we are ready to start immediately.
Freelance job proposals can be very simple, one page documents or can span several pages. It depends on the complexity of the job and on the client. The best way to figure out what is required is to maintain good communications with your prospective client. As you get more projects under your belt, you’ll develop an archive of proposals, which you can use to build proposals for future projects. Experience and efficiency come with time and action so get started today and write that proposal.