Want to see a proposal that won a $3000 content writing gig?

... your best email inbox, please.

Freelance writing is difficult, and it’ll soon turn worse. Check what Bidsketch said.

Don’t be scared yet. When you’re just coming in, you’ll find getting new contracts frustrating. You’ll have little or no problem when you follow a geek who is familiar with how freelancing works.

Clients wouldn’t knock on your room door to pay you thousands of dollars. You’d need to visit them with your offer. Here’s where applying for gigs comes in.

The sad truth? Clients’ attitudes might make you feel less of a human. Not that they’re at fault, you’re just irrelevant to them. The truth is bitter.

Wait, don’t feel bad. But we need to clarify certain truths. Imagine you established a million-dollar company, and now you’d need a copywriter to polish your offer to the world. How logical is it to hire an amateur copywriter?

See, I have no gain in telling you lies. I’m also a client on these freelance platforms, and I can boldly say: “hiring a freelancer appears tougher than looking for who to work for”, because what worked for your previous client may not, for me.

Even the self-acclaimed professional may end up submitting rubbish. Until I do it myself, 75% of the so-called professionals wouldn’t get it right. You may ask your clients.

Why does it look like I’m supporting what I shouldn’t have sides with?

Okay, think about this: would you want to settle for an amateur to work on your brand project?

That is why clients treat you this way. But today, I’ll elaborate why clients don’t reply your proposal and how to overtake others in this pitching game.

Why Clients Don't Reply your Proposals

Your Samples aren’t Relevant Samples.

Samples represent your CV. Those guys aren’t interested in any other thing than proof of your credibility.

If your proposal lacks a convincing sample, forget it.

Some wouldn’t even add samples. As a client, would you reply to such a pitch with no relevance?

Can you now see why clients neglect pitches?

Fully understanding her job description’s fundamentals, a relevant sample is a little ticket into the First Class seat of interview amidst this Regular aeroplane seat of your fellow proposal pitchers.

Please, don’t submit samples. Submit “relevant” samples. Samples not relating to the niche or focus the significant problem the job description cries out is useless. It may work for you, luckily.

But you’ll fast-track things when you quickly craft a new sample which shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes if you really can handle the gig.

Little or No Results

If you’ve been in this game for years, what you’re doing wrong is you think money is the only pay in online marketing. We have seven different payouts you should get from all contracts. The feedback on your work is the most important.

That’s a little Degree certificate for the next contract. Create a service page on your brand’s website and add all brands you’ve successfully worked with, with their feedbacks. Ensure you communicate a passion into them to write mind-blowing feedback.

The more you work, the higher you go with pricing through that. You’ll struggle less as you climb the ladder.

If you don’t have a website, create one. Was that not last week when we organised an SEO webinar… I told participants of the lecture: “You’re not yet serious with your online market without an online office; How do we build credibility and trust without one?”

Your results will scent a sweet perfume on your proposal, and your potential client would smile after sniffing it.

Summary

In short, how experienced you are smells on your proposal. It could be a foul odour or a delicious aroma. If you just knew you’ve always pitched bad-smelling proposals, attempt free projects, but convincing feedbacks as your pay.

Or probably reach out to your old clients for convincing feedbacks. How you can communicate here would determine its success.

If you’re just starting out, stingy clients with $5 for 1000 words will reply to your innocent pitches, but you have nothing to lose after you’re done with their contracts. You can replicate that for one or two months to restrategize. You’ll soon smile at your bank account when you become a real professional.

A professional is not one without results.

You can start bragging about your results as another form of branding. Nobody is paying your bills. But, brag professionally.

Results, samples are hidden certificates to winning contracts.
And be sure you genuinely know your onions.

Author

You cannot book a session with Godwin Oluponmile and still remain the same. We've helped hundreds of freelance writers & bloggers become self-bosses... Godwin Oluponmile is a content marketing expert since 2017. He's a writing coach to hundreds of students learning content writing. With SEO posts, helped hundreds of small and large businesses hit the front page of Google where targeted thousands can access their products and services.

6 Comments

  1. I have a question to ask.

    Regarding the area you talked about crafting a relevant sample in 20 minutes.

    Please, is it feasible?

    If I get, so many persons are bidding for the same job. Proposals keeps rolling into the client’s inbox.

    How then can you quicky craft a sample that you do not have already (though you may know about the said sample) in 20 minutes. Then go back again to submit your proposal
    .

    I saw one of your post where you urge freelancers to always submit proposals on time as there are many people who are also submitting proposals too.

    • Clients are smart Sheila, especially those who you’d see with reviews. They’re experienced with how freelancers like to practise relay race of copy and paste…. Lol, clients expect copy and paste folks, and they quickly shave them off.

      They’ll be patient to anticipate competency. I believe the first fifty minutes after a job posting isn’t bad. Please always check “last viewed by clients”, if it’s Upwork

      Twenty minutes is the max you can use. You can even write the intro part of the topic of the content write up to show the quality of your skill as a gift to the client, promising that it’s just a tip of the iceberg

      Relevant sample works like crazy

  2. Creating website can be expensive for people like us who are just starting copywriting, then how do we go about creating samples without website.

    Lol… Might sound funny but I really can’t think of topic I can write on personal thinking. How do professional copywriters go about that, creating samples without ever working for a client
    How sir??

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