10 Freelancer Tips for Elance Success

Freelancing on Elance can be very frustrating at times, but you can make your day better if you follow these simple tips:

1. Stay away from users who have given bad feedback in the past, especially if the feedback is for a minor reason. A user could say “well done”, or worse, “will rent again in the future” and still give a 4.0/5 rating, which I don’t think is acceptable. Not only can this type of user be an unwelcome customer, but they are often the hardest to work with because they want their work done quickly and need a lot of drafts.


2. You do not need to sponsor a proposal for a project that has already been requested to work on. Customers will definitely read your proposal, and “escalating” to “sponsorship” will not only disconnect you, it will make you look desperate.


3. Try to make each proposal as unique as possible. This is the most important thing to keep in mind when drafting a proposal. Every major client who chose me over other qualified freelancers did so because I sent them a personalized proposal explaining why I was the best person to complete their project. This can be anything from past experience to background knowledge or interest in the subject. Remember, your prospects won’t know about it unless you write it down. This is your only chance to differentiate yourself from other qualified bidders, so make the most of it.


4. Based on the last tip, this means making fewer, more targeted bids. Five well-thought-out proposals would be much more than the twenty just thrown away. Make sure every proposal is the best it can be, even if it means bidding on fewer projects. In the end, you’ll get the project you really want, which will motivate you to do your best.


5. If you are not sure what to bid on the item, please check the user’s history. If users spend a lot of money on Elance, don’t be afraid to bid, showing your true value as a writer.


6. On the other hand, if the user has not chosen a client from his previously posted job description, don’t bother to send a proposal. Why spend time personalizing a proposal when it’s unlikely to bring in new customers?


7. Stay away from job descriptions that are too demanding. Giving details is fine and even encouraged, but there is a fine line between providing information about a potential project and asking to do it in a very specific way. If users insist like this before choosing a freelancer, then wait for the poor freelancer to send a draft to the client.


8. Do not bid on vacancies with too short descriptions. If users are too busy to write a simple paragraph about what they want to do, it’s not worth working with them. Usually, these customers are always dissatisfied, and worse, they don’t bother to say what they want.


9. Make it clear to your customers that you would like to work with them again. It’s the easiest way to get a new project, and the best part is you don’t even have to write a proposal. Because they are already confident in the quality of your work, these clients may be willing to pay you more in the future.


10. Become an individual member by upgrading your membership. Especially for new freelancers, the extra 20 connections are worth the extra $10 per month, and you’ll also get a better ranking in search results. This leads to more invitations to read job descriptions, paving the way for more projects.




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