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thosakwe
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Example Proposals - Programming

Hi! I'm having a lot of trouble finding work on Upwork. As in, I almost never even land interviews, let alone jobs.

 

Anyways, I'm asking if anyone is willing to share (probably via private message) some of their old proposals that landed jobs. I'm thinking that I'm missing a few key components of good proposals that are causing me to go unnoticed by clients.

 

Thanks!!!

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tlsanders
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Nobody can give you a sample for this because every effective proposal is different, depending on the specifics of the job and the freelancer's qualifications as they apply to the specific job.

 

Look for the things in a job posting that make you not just qualified but the best (or among the best) option for that project, and focus in on that. Write a specific proposal for each job spotlighting your most relevant qualifications and describing (if applicable) how you will approach the job.

 

Don't hard sell yourself, and don't restate every qualification in your profile. Keep it short and to the point.

 

Open with a hook, not a generic greeting, because the client sees the first couple of lines of your proposal in the preview--don't waste that space.

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tlsanders
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Nobody can give you a sample for this because every effective proposal is different, depending on the specifics of the job and the freelancer's qualifications as they apply to the specific job.

 

Look for the things in a job posting that make you not just qualified but the best (or among the best) option for that project, and focus in on that. Write a specific proposal for each job spotlighting your most relevant qualifications and describing (if applicable) how you will approach the job.

 

Don't hard sell yourself, and don't restate every qualification in your profile. Keep it short and to the point.

 

Open with a hook, not a generic greeting, because the client sees the first couple of lines of your proposal in the preview--don't waste that space.

lysis10
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You're asking your compettiors to give you ways to steal clients from them, so of course this won't happen. The smart ones won't help you and the ones that make no money will post a really terrible template. The best thing to do is figure out what you would want to hear. This in turn creates a proposal that introduces you in a nutshell. For instance, I'm completely informal and it works for me because I connect with people with similar personalities. I find formal people pretentious and fake, so I don't like it and my customers are kinda similar. 

 

When it comes to proposals, you have to find your own way. 

Yeah, it's like asking what to do for the perfect first date. A day fox hunting followed by a hog roast then a suite at the local 5 star hotel might be the perfect adventure for some. Maybe not if your date is a vegetarian, animal activist who believes in no sex before marriage. Likewise, a proposal that works for one job will never work for all jobs, or even some jobs

 

Although my favourite date is a good sci-fi movie, followed by a scotch drinking competition and PS4 marathon... with the loser cooking breakfast. Or they can go out and pick up Sausage and Egg McMuffins and Squirt. 

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re: "Anyways, I'm asking if anyone is willing to share (probably via private message) some of their old proposals that landed jobs."

 

Tobe: If we provided you with old proposals, it would hurt you more than it would help you.

 

The proposals I wrote in the past which landed me jobs were for THOSE jobs. Those proposals do not apply to the jobs you will be considering.


And the proposal was for ME to get a job. That has nothing to do with YOU getting a job.

 

I can provide tips for you, though:

 

When I'm the client, and you apply to my job, then make sure your proposal IS ABOUT ME. I do not want to read about you in your proposal. I want you to talk about ME and MY PROJECT.

 

How will you help ME succeed?

He neglected to say he has a 60% JSS. 

I have no idea how I even have a 60% JSS. I have 5 jobs done on Upwork ever, 4 of which were 5 stars (one was 3.45). My profile says I have 4 too, which is weird.

 

Regardless, I can understand why no one would show me a proposal; it makes sense.

 

Ironically, I was hired for two jobs (short-term, but jobs nevertheless) the very night I posted this. What a weird world we live in.

 

The tip that helped was to start with a hook.. Other than that, the proposals I have been sending were IMO pretty good. They described, succinctly, why I was suited for the specific job. We'll just see what happens in the future. Thanks, Tiffany.

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