At Commtract, our mission is to connect organisations, from large companies to small businesses, with the world’s best communications talent.
Here are our ten top tips for submitting the best project proposals:
1. Focus on your strengths: The most successful Commtractors are not good at everything, but are excellent at some things. Focus your proposals on projects that match your skills.
2. Vary the specifications: Commtract is a marketplace. The client’s specifications such as start date and budget range are just guidance. Clients will often choose a Commtractor with a higher budget or a different start date if they are a good fit.
3. Don’t repeat your profile: Your profile is like a CV and the proposal is like the cover letter. Clients like it when the proposal directly responds to the project description rather than simply repeating your profile.
4. Ensure your information is up to date: When you submit a proposal, a client sees three things; your proposal, profile and contact details. Make sure all your information is up to date, accurate and relevant.
5. Be clear and concise: Clients use Commtract because they are time poor. They want to read proposals that are clear and concise proposal not War and Peace!
6. Be typo free and grammatically correct: Nothing loses a client’s confidence quicker than spelling and grammatical mistakes. As you would expect, they hold communicators to the highest standards!
7. Sensible photography: Try to include a photograph that speaks to your professionalism. A head shot taken on your friend’s iPhone at the local nightclub is unlikely to leave the best first impression.
8. It’s best and final offer: Commtract is not an auction house. The price you quote is confidential and is the best and final offer.
9. Know your interview etiquette: Clients often interview Commtractors before they make a final decision. Remember the basics like attending on time, and not cancelling at the last minute.
10. Be patient: Companies can take their time coming to a decision. We have clients that have taken months. Be patient and know we are doing our very best to fast track the process. For your own benefit, do not start working for a client unless they have accepted your proposal and a contract is in place.
Every client and every project is different. However, hopefully these tips provide you the essentials for submitting the best possible proposal.
If you have any further questions and queries, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.