Having interacted with numerous newbies in the freelancing industry, I realized that their biggest challenge is landing a job on the various freelance or online writing sites. They expressed their concern of failing to bid for a job successfully. A majority of those I have interacted with have found it impossible to be assigned their first tasks. It is also important to note that a majority of the freelancing website require the writer to bid for the jobs. There are only a handful of the sites that allow writers to take the jobs that they want to work. Getting on the job on the websites that allow one to take orders rather than bid for those jobs is as easy as swallowing food. You only need to click a button, and you are ready to go. It is because of the problems that the young writers go through that have prompted me to write an article that will explain to them what they need to do to get their first job on the freelance writing websites.
The most common sites where young writers find difficult to land a job is Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, Studybay, Studypool, Essayshark, etc. these are some of the most common freelance writing websites. These sites are known as bidding sites because one has to ‘bid’ or in other terms, write proposals, cover letters or any other appropriate message to convince the client or the support to assign you the order. You should also know that there are so many people who are bidding for the same job. You should, therefore, package yourself the right way. The question is how? Read through
- Read to understand the question before placing your bid for the task.
- Always tell the client what they need to hear.
- Include your skills to match the skills the client is looking for.
- Make the client prefer you over your competitors by telling the client that you have worked on similar projects before. Even if you have never worked on similar tasks before, ensure that you use jargon specific vocabulary. This will make the client believe that you are the best fit for the job.
I will provide an example to help you understand
SAMPLE JOB 1
The following is a job that appeared on Upwork. A friend of mine came to me for assistance.
I helped him write a proposal and within minutes, he had been assigned an order. The following is the cover letter that we wrote for the order.
SAMPLE PROPOSAL FOR JOB 1
I have adept skills in logistical regression and checking of collinearity. In the last three years, I have also analysed data on a large sample sets on various formats like XLS, XML DATA, XPS Document and CSV. I highly trained professional in the use of statistical software like R, SPSS, STATA and SAS.
Some of the skills that I have that will make me succeed in executing this job include excellent time management skills. I also ensure that I satisfy my client’s needs. Furthermore, I am good comprehension ability and this will make me read and understand the task’s requirement.
Thanks for taking time to look at my profile and I look forward to working with you.
SAMPLE JOB 2
SAMPLE COVER LEETER FOR JOB 2
I have advance skills in data analysis. Some of the areas I am excellent at include meta-analysis, correlation and regression, multivariate analysis, descriptive analysis and data management. I have assisted numerous research firms like the CDC in analyzing patient data. Moreover, I have also conducted a market research project.
Some of the skills that make me unique include time management, good communication skills, and my ability to meet all the client’s expectation.
I look forward to working on this project with you.
From the above samples, it is clear that each cover letter is tailored to meet the requirement for a specific order.
You don’t have to be copy and paste. You have to customize it depending on the client’s requirement
N/B: The guide given here does not only apply to Upwork but also all other freelance writing websites that require you to place your bid before being assigned an order.
If you still cannot write a good proposal after reading going through the article and the samples, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for special assistance.