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Re: Why nobody answers on my proposals

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Max T Member Since: Nov 30, 2018
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Why nobody answers on my proposals?

I mean, I have a great portfolio, my profile is it's almost 100%. I make offers (normal or low price) on demo work sometimes but nobody answers. Even just to no word like - "thanks" or "I don't like it". I really don't understand.

 

Thanksfor advance!

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Irakli K Member Since: Nov 30, 2018
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Hey Max
The portfolio looks great, it's really impressive (unlike mine Smiley Sad ). Maybe it's about your actual proposals. Have you tried any of these tips? 1) https://www.upwork.com/hiring/for-freelancers/how-to-create-a-proposal-that-wins-jobs/ 2) https://freelancetowin.com/upwork-proposal-mistakes/
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Irakli

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Max T Member Since: Nov 30, 2018
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thank's for the Tips)

I've already making this mistakes))))

Will try working on...

 

P.S. But the rate of video editing is so cheap... didn't get used to it.

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Irakli K Member Since: Nov 30, 2018
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Max
Michael and Sergio already addressed the issue of rate. Their advices are extremely valuable and try to fully follow them. Also, be alert to the number of proposals you're sending out. You could check these threads for more information: 1) https://community.upwork.com/t5/Announcements/Addressing-accounts-that-don-t-show-work-activity/td-p... 2) https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/Avoid-suspension-for-too-many-proposals-How/m-p/308812 . Personally, I keep no more than 6 active proposals and usually cancel them after 3-5 (could be 7 as well) days of inactivity. I can't say for sure that this is the best approach, I've still got a lot of research to do about that. Finally, be patient. It's extremely difficult but you're going to make it considering the quality of the services you're offering. Keep it up and be consistent.

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Michael S Member Since: Aug 29, 2017
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That's just the way it is, really. Just like going out and applying for a job or sending in a resume/application, unless they want to talk to you, clients and employers won't say anything. They generally don't have time to give a personal reply to everyone they're passing over, especially if they get a large number of applicants.

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Michael S Member Since: Aug 29, 2017
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Also (making a new reply since the forum likes to eat posts if they're edited)...

 

Don't ever try to compete on price, especially in your field. A race to the bottom is a race nobody wins. You want to charge what you feel your work is worth, and never lower that just to get a job or interview. Not only does this cheapen your work in a potential client's eyes, it devalues the work of others in the same field. This leads to clients expecting Academy Award level work for peanuts.

 

Rhythm & Hues tried that, and they ended up filing for bankruptcy.

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Max T Member Since: Nov 30, 2018
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Michael it's a perfect words about the Academy)))) I love it. Perfect...

So what could be the solution on your opinion ? What you do to get the job?

I want to find the truth...

Just had a good conversation that сonfirms your words... take a look at the screen.

When a client see that I'm from the Ukraine, he thinks that I will sell my life for 1000$...

 

**Edited for community guidelines**

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Sergio S Member Since: Dec 19, 2017
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If I were you I'd get rid of that first paragraph in your overview that starts with "Hey guys, I'm new here..." It doesn't add anything useful and they actually already know you are new. In the list of proposals they see your name and first one or two lines of your overview, so you are basically wasting those two lines with irrelevant information. Besides, double check what you wrote. There are a few typos here and there. If you show a sloppy overview they don't take you seriously.

 

Don't ever underbid. If you do you are putting yourself down. You will be saying "Hey, I am cheap, I don't deserve more." I guess you appreciate what you do. Right? Adjust your price accordingly. I watched some of your videos... if you worked for TV and stuff like that your price should not be the same as someone who only used Premiere and After Effects in his/her spare time. Many prospective clients will say they can get it cheaper or that they can do the job themselves. Let them go, that's the kind of client you must avoid. There are others who will be willing to pay for excellence and even will pay you bonus when they are happy with the results.

 

Before making a proposal take some time to check the client's history, where you will see how much they have been paying to others, if they are responsive, etc.

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Max T Member Since: Nov 30, 2018
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Sergio it was very good comment about my description. Thank you very much. Will working on it right now!

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Gerald S Member Since: Apr 1, 2018
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Max,

First your overview of talents and lack of conversation is really missing power, also your TITLE area needs something like Video Editing | Premire | After Effects instead of just Video Editing. Here is my profile to show you how I added several Titles and created a nice long, Get to Know Me overview.

As for proposals, they need to have great English, be compelling to the point the client has to hire you, and really spark interest with the client. I have won jobs by just writing two lines that told them their ASAP can be done Now and that I wasn't going to tell them how great I am, read my client reviews. I have also won jobs by using simple humor, most of the time I write to the client what I would do to their "logo project" and how I invision a new approach, I aslo tell them that they will get this and that formatted graphics for all their collateral needs.

I started in April and have about made $10,000 and am now Top Rated.

 

So in the end, make your profile shine, write great proposals and keep looking for jobs, one of them or even 5 will come calling and somethimes at the same time, making you a very busy person. 

Go check out my profile and see if it gives you any ideas.

Good Luck and Much Success.

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