Writing A Proper Job Proposal

Job Proposal

The primary step in receiving a freelance job is the proposal you send a client. There has been a large influx of freelancers using a “hack” system in Elance, Upwork and other freelance job sites. They have one proposal that they send to every job listed. In many cases, the proposal does not cover the aspects needed for the job the client posted. This system is hurting all freelancers,  and I ask that any who are using this system to please stop immediately.

The best approach is to read the proposal sent.

It is similar to entering a job interview; you want to answer any questions the client may have. It is also similar to a sales call, because you are selling yourself.

I am going to share several jobs and the proposals I made. You can use these as a template if you like, but DO NOT just send them without reading the job description.

Job: Content For Website


– Excellent English writing, grammar, spelling and formatting
– Expertise in web copy, SEO, and online (email) marketing a plus
– An exceptional portfolio that demonstrates an ability to create compelling copy for a wide variety of brands, audiences and industries
– A complete Elance profile
– References or an established reputation on Elance preferred

Job Description:
Looking for a Copywriter to create high-quality content for Home and Services pages of a new website. This is a very simple 4 page website representing a small local business. We are talking about approximately 1 page of text. Need to be done within 1 day..
– Quickly develop content based on the direction and creative brief provided by our team

My Proposal

Relevant Experience and Qualifications:
I would be happy in taking on the job of developing the website content you need.

All I will need is the business, and an understanding of what they desire in their website.

I have 2 samples that I created all the content on. They are:



Approach to the Job:
Once I receive the site, business, and any keywords/phrases you desire, I will promptly go to work developing the content.

I will perform up to 2 revisions if you see a need.

I was awarded this job and this is the feedback I received:

“I’m very satisfied. My whole job was finished before I could even logon to elance again. Greg is amazingly fast. I also didn’t expect the first draft to be the last draft. Very efficient and professional. Thank you.”

Job: News Release Sports Story

I’m looking for someone to write a 500-700 word news release about a HS men’s volleyball team. I recorded my interview with the team’s coach. I will send the audio file from which to write the story.

Turnaround in 36 hours.

Relevant Experience and Qualifications:
Thank you for the invitation.

I would be willing to write a press release on the High School Volleyball team.

It would not take long to complete once I have the tape.

As a freelancer, I have written a number of press releases. You can view my website at http://lancerlife.com

Approach to the Job:
Upon receiving the interview you completed, I will draft a press release and will return it to you quickly.

I will complete up to 2 revisions if needed.

I also wan this job and was given this feedback:

“Greg was great. He wrote solid piece for me on a short deadline. He has my unreserved recommendation.”

Job: Someone to write and publish articles

Recently we created a stock market game. This is mainly for USA. We need people to know about us, so we need someone professional to write and publish good articles in popular blogs.
These blogs should be related to financing, trading or investing.
When you submit your proposal please provide the following information.

1. Where are you going to publish the article.
I will have check the website and the traffic to that website.

2. Some articles you have published before.

3. Will I get a follow link or no follow link.

4. Clear pricing.

If you cant provide information about jobs you have done before, do not even bother to submit a proposal.

My Proposal


I love the idea of a great stock market game.

As an experienced freelancer, I would like to offer you one great article that I will post at a website I have been an author at for 6+ years. I have many followers and I will provide a follow link within that article.

I write at Hubpages.com regularly, and you can find me there as froggy213.

You may view my portfolio on my profile page here.

The bid I am putting will be for 2 quality hubs with links to your game/website. The hub will be about something related to stocks and if you would like, I can do it on the subject you feel would be best.

Have a great day.


Here is the feedback I received:

“Thank you Greg “

Final Thoughts

As you can plainly see, developing a proposal is not difficult. It just means reading the job and writing as if you are speaking with the prospect face-to-face. By doing so, you will gain respect and trust. If a job description does not cover everything, ask questions.

It is simple, but you need to “cover all the bases.” You have a business….treat it as such.

Qualify up to $2,500 instant spending limit.

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