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How if the client just say 'Thanks for your bid!'?

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Annisa S Member Since: Aug 3, 2019
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Hey Experts,

I joined Upwork since last month and already have 5 (1 ongoing) projects so far. All below $100. Today I proposed for $200 project and the client replied to my proposal just say: "Hello, Thanks for your bid"

Whoa, I am so nervous and I don't know how to reply his message. My proposal still on active candidacy and I have no idea if he is interested in my proposal. I don't want to look desperate, but I really like the project. Not only about this is the highest amount among my projects, but the job desk itself.

What should I do?

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Robbie B Member Since: Oct 30, 2015
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Use their name when you reply. If they're using a company name, check their reviews to find the name. 

"Hi ____

Let me know a good time for you to discuss your project specifics". 


Along those lines. The "thanks for your bid" can mean they're busy sifting through applicants, or, they want you to take the reigns and lead the conversation. 


Don't think of it as an interview. Just a conversation with someone who needs something done that you can do. For a fee Smiley Wink

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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I know that jolt.  I am not sure everyone feels it but it feels like acceptance to me.  However, you probably know there is a bit of road to travel first.  Raise your hopes but not too high, it is fine to be disappointed but not to be crushed.

 

I would probably reply with:

You are very welcome are there anything specifically you want to discuss?

 

Then I would have probably pose one or two questions.  I would want the question to be incitful about some aspect of the project that you are curious about or want to know more.  If you can find a question that might actually challenge how they see it, that's usually all the better.  My favorite thing for a client to say back is "oh, wow, I had not thought of that."

 

Whatever you do, don't apologize for any delay in responding.

 

Wait for some more advice, I am sure it is coming and I wish you the best of luck.  

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Annisa S Member Since: Aug 3, 2019
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Hi all, thank you for your response. I did reply that. I hope it will be a good sign for me Smiley Happy

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Robbie B Member Since: Oct 30, 2015
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Let us know how you get on.

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Annisa S Member Since: Aug 3, 2019
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The client just replies and ask my WhatsApp contact because he prefers to send voice notes. Is it allowed in here?

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Annisa S Member Since: Aug 3, 2019
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by the way, I've read the client history and he is okay

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Robbie B Member Since: Oct 30, 2015
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Annisa S wrote:

The client just replies and ask my WhatsApp contact because he prefers to send voice notes. Is it allowed in here?


Yes. You just can't take payment outside of UpWork. Update your workroom with the job specifics to confirm you're both on the same page. That is if you're okay with using Whatsapp. I'm not, so I would usually suggest an alternative, either Slack or Skype because I'm more familiar with them. 

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Annisa S Member Since: Aug 3, 2019
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Many thanks, Robbie!

 

I am okay using WhatsApp because it's more familiar in my country. Thank you for your suggestion

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Robbie B Member Since: Oct 30, 2015
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Great stuff. Sounds like you two will have a productive chat. 


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