You can give your Linkedin ProFinder proposal an edge by following these LinkedIn proposal tips and best practices for freelancers.
With LinkedIn ProFinder, you as a freelancers don’t peruse available jobs and bid on them. Instead, the service matches potential clients with experts like you, based on the services for which you have signed up to get proposals.
Once you’ve received a proposal request, you’ve only got 24 hours to respond. You’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to send your proposal quickly. These tips will help ensure you’re ready to take advantage of any opportunities that interest you.
ProFinder Proposal Tips & Best Practices
Submitting a quality proposal is vital in securing new clients. There are several things to keep in mind:
As an independent contractor, you’ll be working directly with the client. It’s important to begin the conversation authentically to make sure there aren’t any personality conflicts, or if there are, that they’re manageable. LinkedIn suggests that if you typically sign your emails with a catch phrase, you should use it in the proposal.
Reference the Project Request Details
Each job is unique. By mentioning the specific details from the job, you show the client that you’re paying attention and that each proposal is created individually.
Submit an Original Proposal
While there are some items that can be reused in every proposal, like your bio, most of the information you provide should be tailored for the individual job, particularly the last portion where the client can add particulars.
Be Brief, but Thorough
By getting to the point quickly, you’ll show the client that you value their time and can succinctly address the need they’re hoping to fill. Your proposal text can be between 250 and 1500 characters. While you do have some room to elaborate on what you can offer, make sure each word counts.
If there’s a deadline on the project, make sure you can meet it.
Share Relevant Projects
Have you completed a similar project? Share the results with the potential client.
Let Your Profile Speak for Itself
There’s no need to duplicate anything on your profile, since the potential client will have viewed it before submitting the proposal request.
In addition to the above, Alvalyn Lundgren, of Alvalyn Creative, offers these ProFinder proposal tips based on her experience with the service:
- Create a template short bio about your expertise, which you can copy, paste and customize quickly.
- Specify that your proposed fee is open to discussion when details are provided.
- Include direct links to your own website’s About and Portfolio pages, [note: they will not show up as hyperlinks.]
- Sign the proposal with a direct email address to facilitate direct communication.
- Propose a phone appointment to better understand the assignment and client.
Proposal Requests as Introductions
As freelancers know well, professional work is complex. Pricing depends on details as well as specific expectations from the client. LinkedIn ProFinder starts the conversation by making relevant matches, but it’s important for you to quickly move to direct communication. This enables you to clarify the project specs and provide more appropriate pricing.
Lundgren says “…the client projects are not outlined in detail, so there is no way to determine the actual amount of work involved, and therefore no way to specify a truly appropriate creative fee if you are project- or value-based in your pricing. There is no way to ask questions, and also no time for a Q&A.”
Unlike Upwork, which requires that the conversation take place on their platform, LinkedIn ProFinder is more like an introduction service instead of a fully-formed matchmaker.
By using the above tips and best practices, you both will have a better idea if you’re a good fit. Plus you’ll be that much closer to securing a new client.
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