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Time to review proposals

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Art M Member Since: May 11, 2020
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How much time is appropriate to review proposals and hire a freelancer? One week? Two weeks? Do those who send proposals have general expectations on when, and if, they hear back from me?

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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How long?
That is up to you.


Experienced freelancers routinely advise bidding freelancers to submit a proposal and then forget about it.


So there really no "expected" length of time.



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Dana S Member Since: Feb 6, 2019
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In my experience it has been a fast paced environment. If I do not hear from the client in max 48h, I will just assume he/she is not interested.

In rare cases I had a replay that  would let me know it’s a hiring process that will take some time and I take that into consideration.

But if a client would be interested in a week or 2 after my submission, chances are I will not be available, because I only submit proposals if have the availability also.  

And in a 2 weeks’ time a freelancer might take on other jobs. That will change the parameters of the initial proposal; it also depends on the type of the job.  

I have done traditional recruiting and the processes are not similar.       

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Sarah B Member Since: Dec 15, 2017
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I generally agree with Dana and Preston. I send proposals and forget about them. The only real risk a client has in waiting is that my availability may change, and that can pretty dynamic sometimes. Most clients seem to get in touch within a couple of days, but I've had many that contact me after a week or several, which I'm always happy to accommodate if I can.