Winning a bid on the freelance job website requires perseverance, intelligence and competence. Although, it’s entirely the buyer’s prerogative to award the project to any freelancer; however, application of some key techniques will increase your chance of winning the bid on the platform manifold.
Freelance job websites are platforms that give access to good freelance projects, executing which a beginner in the field of freelancing can carve a niche for himself in online business. One of the common features on these marketplaces is that freelance professionals can place bids for free on a wide array of projects across varied verticals such as web development, software development, writing & translation, graphic arts & design etc.
Bidding on freelance websites
In this dog-eat-dog competitive scenario, winning bid on a freelance job website is not easy. Even your experience cannot make you win the bid. Numerous buyers and countless bidders! The competition is really fierce.
However, every freelancer has to go through the grueling stage of bidding to win the bid and subsequently the project. So, your bid has to be extraordinary for getting noticed by the buyer. It should not get lost in the swarm of bids by your competitors on the platform.
The following tips may help you win the bid:
- Update your profile resume
Make an effective profile and update it on a regular basis. It should showcase your experience and skill set matching the job criteria that you plan to bid for. An honest display of your competence will always have an edge over an over-blown resume as the buyer will anyhow come to know about your real attributes. Be expressive while describing your language skills and certifications in the profile.
- Be convincing and enduring
A beginner might not be able to win the bids initially and soon become frustrated. Don’t be upset! Rather browse through as many projects as you can and be patient. Carry on pursuing the buyers with your bids. As more and more projects keep getting submitted on different freelance websites, you are not too far from grabbing a good project.
- Place a lower bid if you have just started out
Many freelancers will be competing with you in the race so place a lower bid in the start of your freelancing career as this may help you winning the project. Remember that more projects will fetch you more positive feedback from the buyers that will give a tremendous boost to your ranking on the platform amongst the list of providers. However, the bid should be worth your precious time and effort.
- Apply with a persuasive Cover letter
Look professional while placing the bid and write apt cover letter that will gain the attention of buyer and make you look perfect for that project. Write a statement that makes you stand out from the crowd and prompts the buyer to hire you immediately for his project. Make him feel that your bid amount is reasonable and turn-around time fast. If you don’t wish to reveal much about your bid, you can make use of Project Message Board, if available. You can negotiate on prices or timelines and attract the buyer thereby maximizing your winning possibilities.
- Show previous work samples
A buyer will definitely wish to verify your credentials and skill set before selecting your bid. To avoid all confusions and suspicion from the mind of buyer, give him a proof through your previous work samples. Attach a sample assignment that you executed and take care of file format, font size etc while sending it.
- Always follow rules
Go through the terms and conditions of the freelance job website before creating the account. Follow all the rules and conventions of the website as this will ensure fraud protection and optimize your chances of winning the project. Don’t play over smart by revealing your contact details in the cover letter as it can ultimately lead to the cancelation of your membership on the platform.
I hope that the above mentioned tips will help you place a competitive bid on the project of your choice and win the project subsequently.
All the best!