I've found that it works better to prompt the client rather than just telling them to contact you. So I would never really give out my Skype username until after they've replied to my proposal.
I usually prompt them with a question that requires a response. That way I can start a dialog with the client where I know that I can sell them my services. At that point I will give them my Skype so we can continue our discussion.
@Daniel C wrote:
9 out of 10 proposals look like off the shelf spam. I wish that I had a better pool to choose from. I'm going to wait a day before I make my decision.
lol so true. That's why I don't bother worrying about the number of bidders. The only downside to it is that it probably annoys decent customers.
90% of bidders aren't my competition.
I think if it was me, I'd probably just LOL and know that the guy will never get work
Haha, I agree Jennifer! I don't really consider anyone else to be my competition when I bid. Either they are looking for me, or they are looking for everyone else. It's the blue ocean strategy; you make the competition irrelevant.
re: "Please enlighten me, why isn't it good to give them yours?"
There is nothing wrong with giving people your Skype ID.
This is just a personal preference.
I don't like using Skype and if I am hiring an artist I certainly don't need her to pester me on Skype. I just need the work turned in.
My own experience of giving Skype id's was that it kept turning itself on and telling me lhings like what colour underpants some other contact of that client was wearing and when that client was online...and all that just for a job application. I got rid of Skype cos it seems to think it has control of your life. Faults and all, old messaging system does the job- at least at the start.