Each employer is as different as each freelancer is; so there is no “magic formula” that works for every bid. To help increase the chances that a prospective employer will seriously consider your bid, here are some things we suggest you practice:
Read the project description thoroughly. Take the time to go through the project description. If the employer feels that you do not understand the project enough, you are not likely to make the shortlist.
Keep your bid clear and concise. Employers may have dozens or even hundreds of bids to consider. Make your bid proposal short but meaty.
Propose Milestones. A way to showcase your professionalism and prove to the client that you are serious about their business by listing down 3-5 milestones in your bid.
Be competitive with your pricing. Being competitive does not necessarily mean bidding low. Worldwide marketplace makes for tough competition. If you are relatively new to freelancing, you may need to establish a reputation first. But if your work is truly above average, price it properly. Some employers are willing to pay for quality.
Do not oversell yourself. A little self-confidence is a good thing, but over-the-top claims is not likely to impress anyone. Being honest about your skills will get you much further than a lot of hype.
Proofread your bid before you submit it. No matter what kind of project you are bidding on, a poorly-written proposal suggests lacking of attention to details and poor work habits, neither of which is going to work in your favour.
After placing your bid, we encourage implementing the following practices to further improve your chances of winning projects:
Upload work samples to your portfolio. Quality, not quantity. Make sure that your samples are appropriate for the job and that they represent your best work.
Protect your work. Any samples you provide (should employers ask) should bear a watermark or other means of identification. It can also at least include your name and a statement of copyright.
Try to respond promptly when the employer contacts you through a private message. Most employers does this the first 24 hours of posting. So make sure to keep yourself available.