My client wants me to provide an estimate on a potential project then will decide if they want to do it. Since I'll have to hire a freelancer, how do I get estimates on a project that may not even be approved?
Sometimes you need to spend money to make money.
I have been paid thousands of dollars on Upwork to write up project descriptions and detailed quotes for projects that never were actually started.
Sometimes project managers or "middle men" put together pitches that may be well-planned, but they end up not getting fully funded or chosen.