Odesk is one of the largest Online Freelancing marketplaces out there with thousands of clients and hundreds of thousands of freelancers looking for work. We have gathered top five tips on how to win contracts on Odesk and start working today!
Win Contracts on Odesk – what is needed?
To win contracts on Odesk you need perseverance, luck and determination to start with. Competition is stiff but that does not mean you should give up as very many contractors send out below par proposal that they are never even considered and immediately declined for the role. Below you’ll find out top tips on how to get client to open up your proposal letter and contact you for an interview to talk further.
Read Full Job Description
This should be given but surprisingly often forgotten! The last line of job description could be the key to getting an interview invitation. Many clients on Odesk use a keyword on their job add to easily narrow down candidates and those words are usually at the end of the add.
Analyse Job Description
Goes together with first tip and a critical part of the process, and related to next tip as well. Before hitting send proposal letter ready the job add carefully and analyse what client is looking for. Pick up keywords as you read it and make sure these are used on your proposal letter. Its recommended to have a title with your proposal that includes those keywords to ensure client sees them right away.
Customize Your Proposal Letter
Boilerplate proposal letters are the easiest thing to spot and quickest way to get rejected immediately. Sending copy/paste proposal is waste of time as its very quick to customize proposal to match clients requirements. You already maybe have a template and then just adjust your proposal to highlight skills client is looking for using same keywords they have used on the add.
Read Client History
Have a quick read on client history to see if any previous freelancers have mentioned something about the company or name of the contact person. By starting your application with correct name gives an instant boost to your proposal, same goes referring to clients industry – especially mentioning what previous experience you have.
Answer Additional Questions
If client have requested you to answer questions together with your proposal do take time to fine tune your answers. Why you may ask? Answer to the first client question, is the first line a client sees when reviewing applicants! You need to grab clients eye in seconds and having strategically put keywords in first sentence will turn out to be a winner.
As you can see from an example above, in this case first thing client see is the question and freelancers answer – this it just says “See above…”. Would that make a client to click and find out? Maybe but most likely it will not as there are so many applicants who have perfect answer right there to see.