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Re: Top six Tips to bid on UpWork

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Cathleen C Member Since: Aug 17, 2015
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I have gotten good jobs from good clients (on Elance) doing it both ways (submitting first, or submitting after a few bids are already in). I think if a freelancer builds a strong portfolio and writes a good proposal that is customized for each client, well, the rest is kind of the luck of the draw. But the more jobs you win, the better the reputation, and the more jobs you will get.


Also, I have certain things that I DO repeat in each proposal, for instance the time zone I am in, a link to my profile, etc. Those are copy and paste, but the rest of proposal is tailored for each individual client. I don't seem to have run into any problems with that (on Elance). Not sure if Upworks algorithm is going to give me the boot or not.


As far as that timing thing goes, I will see a job posting, go write the proposal, which takes a few minutes, and by the time I submit and look at the posting again, there are 10 bids there already. About the only time I could get my bid to be the first submitted was on a weekend. (In the US, bidding on US jobs)

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Josh Edward Batall J Member Since: Dec 9, 2015
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How much should I bid to the total amount of the clients' budget? What is the best bid for me to be hired,

Should I bid 100% or 50% or 70%, 80% or 90%? This is for fixed Price.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Josh, a client is not going to hire you based on how much you bid, unless they are a lowball client, and you should avoid those.


A client will pick you if they think you are the best value. Sometimes the best value is the highest bid.


The types of jobs I bid on are complex, so what I do might not apply to everyone. But what I do on fixed-price jobs is this: I bid at 100% of the client's proposed budget. And I explain exactly what I will do for that amount, customizing the level of work I do to the budget, while making it clear that there may be additional functionality that can be implemented for additional cost.

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Josh Edward Batall J Member Since: Dec 9, 2015
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Will the clients see that I changed my bid several times?

Community Guru
Abdul R Member Since: Dec 4, 2014
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Hi Josh, 


Yeah, Each time you change your bid client gets notification whether you increase rate or descrease rate. 

Active Member
Hiren K Member Since: Mar 8, 2016
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thanks for your sugegstions, its help me lot

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Ahmed S Member Since: Dec 21, 2016
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during making a bid , the "estimated duration" located above the cover letter ,what does the cell "estimated duration" refers to?

Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Ahmed,


You can use that field to explain how long it may take you to complete the project.

~ Valeria
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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@Ahmed S wrote:

during making a bid , the "estimated duration" located above the cover letter ,what does the cell "estimated duration" refers to?

 They want you to guess how long the project is going to take. It's a real problem, since often jobs are ongoing based on client needs you can't know about, and often there isn't enough information to determine how long a fixed project will take, and often it isn't clear whether the client is looking for a finite project or continuing work, yet your guess as to how long the work might take if you've guessed correctly about all of those issues and more is part of the information the client receives and uses to evaluate your bid.

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Ravi B Member Since: Jun 4, 2018
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You said "follow up" -  but how can I follow up if the client hasn't replied once?