To me, it’s a ginormous waste of time and should be the last thing you should be trying to sell to a client that you’ve never met.
You should be trying to sell yourself.
I don’t ever take milestone projects, because these days it’s impossible to pin down a scope of work that isn’t dynamic, and the last thing you want to deal with isscope creep.
I find this deteriorates the job and your passion for the project, which will lead you to most likely bail.
Then you risk getting bad reviews and there goes your chances for growth.
What I like to do is have a rate that I feel like I’m worth, and then sell the potential client on me and a couple hours of my time, regardless of what they’re asking for.
Most of the time my “proposals” are just one sentence greetings trying to get them on a skype call.
It goes a little something like - “Hey [first name]! Your project about so and so sounds really great. Would love to help you with it if you still need someone. Please let me know if you want to chat more!”
I find these long winded proposals that come off generic and you promise the world get eye rolls. It definitely does from me when I post jobs.
I can’t stand it when someone writes a ridiculously long proposal thinking they know me and my business.
News flash - You don’t bro. And you look pathetic.
Lets pretend a girl (or boy) asked you out on a date. Or you were attempting to ask someone out on a date.
Do you think it would make sense to unload your life story and also let them know what you planned on doing with them for the next 6 -12 months?
Probably not, it would probably scare the ever living sh*t out of them.
And that’s what you’re trying to avoid.
You want to go in slow and just sell them on the date.
At the first date, you can get into a little more about your history and maybe even sell them on another meet up or date.
Or one of you may make a move because there’s chemistry.
Same thing with “proposals” on Upwork….
Sell me on yourself first.
Sell me on a phone call and 30–60 minutes of communication and lets see if it’s a match.
If it’s not, oh well. You met someone new with a cool new business that may circle back later.
Don’t let scarcity ever play a role when it comes to finding jobs on Upwork. There’s a new opportunity every second. 24/7.
Like my mother said, “there’s plenty of fish in the sea.”
You should be sticking and moving until something clicks and the relationship feels right.
Forcing a relationship or trying to apply cookie cutter proposals to a job and dwelling on it will get you no where fast and keep you at the bottom of the heap.
Hope this has been helpful.
For more info, check out my blog where I cover this subject more and a ton of other Upwork stuff.
Guys, I wanted to also add a new video that I posted recently that goes through some different proposals from people that applied to a job that I posted. Hopefully this will help if there are any content writers reading this….