Hi all there,
I run into a small problem and do not know what you think about it. I have searched about this subject but find nothing.
Many proposals have so little information that really I do not know what they're talking or what they are looking for.
I do not know if there was any way that UW demanded more information to customer when writing a proposal, but I think something should be done.
Would not it be good that there is a place where we can ask questions for clarification from customer?
On other platforms this possibility exists and is very useful.
When you walk into a proposal, if it is unclear what the customer wants or you want clarify some point needed to know if you can do the job, you can ask a question. And of course, with the clarifications given to other freelancers, often the doubts you have already solved.
These are the timewasters and should be avoided. Don't waste your connects on them
A real client that wants a task done will write a pretty detailed proposal to gain interest among the freelancing community
Also when you look at a proposal also look at the client details and if they have a star rating and freelancer feedback from previos jobs.
But for sure if you see a proposal with 1 sentence or 2 and then zero stars and jobs posted then they aere a waste of time
Thanks for your time.
I usually do what you say, but the problem is, what if it's not a waste of time?, And if only he does not know what or how to order?
If you could make ask ... Maybe you're losing a job in the end, worth it.
Happened to me, a new customer on another platform. He never had asked for a job in this way and was thus lost. Eventually the work did not go, but with a few questions, he could refine his request. It did nothing for me, but for the rest.
There are sometimes grey areas with job offers. While the one-liners could be safely ignored, there are others, where the job descriptions are insufficient, but seem interesting enough to waste a couple of connects on (if the pay is good, for example!).
I have sometimes responded to these, but briefly, and without wasting too much time on my proposal, and I usually point out that my connects will not be returned. I often get a response and sometimes I have been offered a job.
The problem with having a special clarification feature, is that it can be abused. I remember one UK platform had it for while, but the freelancer comments were often too insulting (if justified), and eventually, it was scrapped!
In my niche there are many job opportunities and usually ignore the one line project description. But, if the client has a good experience & reputation - that's easy to check, if I'm ok with the budget or the number of $ ( lol ) I would give it a shot.
There are a few reasons why good clients don't describe their projects: lack of time, lack of ability / knowledge, maybe they expect someone who can impress with their cover letter even if that's kind of unrealistic when freelancers don't have enough details.
After I reached a level of experience with oDesk and now Upwork, I can say I have some sort of feeling for this type of proposals. Usually I ignore them and sometimes I apply.