If you are competing in the freelance market, you will need to know the basics of a professional project proposal. No matter where you find yourself, you have to carry your business presentation in a very high manner. You cannot afford to drop your professionalism just because everyone else around you is wasting their efforts.
For instance, I view GetAFreelancer.com as a site where you get to cut your teeth in the professional freelance market. There aren’t that many “Professional” writers bidding for projects and you get to see how terrible amateurs write their proposals. But, GetAFreelancer.com is where you can learn the building blocks and build your resume.
You’ll see plenty of jobs that require one hundred articles a day that are completely error free and can pass copyscape.com. They pay about a dollar fifty an article and they won’t pay at all if you don’t meet the deadline. But, there are also some pretty decent writing jobs where you can work with great clients and build your resume with legitimate work. Then, you’ll be ready for a step higher.
Guru.com is a site where you have to know what you are doing. You won’t get awarded a project unless you really impress the potential client and that means several things. You have to write your proposal error free. You have to be very expressive and explosive with your words. Plus, you have to price yourself exactly right. A potential client doesn’t mind paying a higher price if you are worth it. But if you are a great writer and you underbid others, then you will be getting most jobs.
You’ll find screenplay and novel projects. Sometimes, you’ll be required to travel and all expenses will be paid if you negotiate properly. I’ve been on trips to San Francisco, California USA and I’ve written books for therapeutic clinics in New Jersey USA. At this time, I have a proposal submitted for a book deal that would take me to Beijing, China. Now, that’s worth putting my best foot forward to get.
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Once you’ve built your resume rather impressively and made a few key contacts, then you’re stepping into another level entirely. The kind of ghostwriting experiences where you get calls from the representatives of presidents, CEOs and retired athletes. They don’t have time to write their own books and don’t really care to engage themselves into that kind of activity, but they want a book with their name on it and you were the one they chose. I’m still working on getting there.
If you think about it, you’ve just been given several good examples why your proposals should always be professional. First of all, even when you are submitting a project proposal to a potential client who simply wants a brochure, you have no idea where that relationship can lead. If you do a great job, you might get ongoing work. You might also get referrals from that one client. Of course, one day you might get a call from the right-hand man of a business mogul based out of Tokyo who heard of you.
So, let’s cover what it takes to put a professional project proposal together! We’ll see you next post.