Encountering a project with a large scope and a big budget may be a cause of both joy and anxiety to some freelancers—especially to those who are new to our website. If that is your case and you are afraid of bidding on big projects, this post is for you. Conquer that fear in few easy steps.
Self-doubt can be your worst enemy at times like this. But it is in this kind of situation that you must believe in yourself, in your potential, and in your work. If you can provide high-quality work to the employer, it will definitely speak for you.
It might seem obvious, but the best way to conquer a fear is to face it. What are you afraid of? And what do you have to lose? In the end, the worst thing that can happen is that your bid is not selected by the employer. So why not just go ahead and give it a try?
Read the brief carefully
When you encounter a big and high-value project you are interested in, the first thing to do is to read the brief carefully. Check if there are any attachments and go over them too. Don’t place a bid just yet! You don't want to commit any of these bidding mistakes. It is better to give yourself some time to think and prepare what you are going to write.
Understand the project
What is it that the employer is looking for? Have you ever done anything similar? Can you honestly get this done and deliver great results? Think about a list of relevant questions you have about the work that needs to be done.
Estimate a price and a time frame
After you are certain that you can get the job done, try to give an estimate of how much you would charge to get the project done and how long would take you to complete every task. Be realistic and honest.
Write a personalized bid
Once you have an estimate quote and time frame, it is time to place your bid. Employers tend to get extremely frustrated when they post a project and see freelancers placing generic bids. If you want to get their attention, writing a personalized bid is the most effective way to do it.
Now is the time for you to show that you understand the project. The bid is also a good place for you to showcase some examples of similar work you have done and to ask some of the questions you have. Also, take the time to review our bid ranking guide.
The bid doesn’t have to be long. Actually, the more concise and straightforward you are, the better. When you are done, just submit your bid.
Now, what you are waiting for? Start browsing for projects to place a bid on!