Writing Proposals For Your Home Based Freelancing Business

by WorkFromHome on December 29, 2011

You may think proposals are only used by non-profit organizations that apply for funding. However, any home business that makes money via a bidding system requires well written and carefully crafted proposals.

When you operate a work at home business, you function as the public relations officer and advertising agent. Current clients appreciate your talents, skills and experience, but you must prove yourself to new clients. Writing proposals does consume time from your work day, yet proposals remain a way to generate new business. Sell yourself and make more money from home by learning skills necessary to write winning proposals.

How to Get Started

After you find a project that interests you, write an outline of the proposal you will submit as your job application. If you work exclusively online, the proposal serves as your first and only opportunity to make a professional impression and sells your ability to meet the client’s objectives. A winning proposal answers the client’s questions and verifies the project timeline, financial compensation and your personal resume.

The Proposal Introduction

A proposal will use persuasive words that encourage the client to choose you for the project. Use positive statements. Write from the client’s perspective. Keep the sentences short with high readability. Emphasize your ability to work independently, meet deadlines and exercise creativity. Adhere to the recommended word count. Ensure you answer any questions the client asks. Due to the volume of proposals a client receives, he or she will discard proposals that do not meet requirements.

Place important information at the top of the proposal in order to catch the client’s attention and interest. Discuss in detail how you will meet the clients’ needs. Restate the purpose of the project by explaining the project in your own words. This assures the client that you understand the requirements and principles of the project description.

The Proposed Timeline

Outline the project timeline. Include the deadline in which you can complete the project. A quick turnaround attracts attention, but exercise realism when submitting a deadline date. Verify when you wish to receive confirmation of acceptance. Discuss the number of revisions the client can submit. Include a statement regarding copyright retention. In many cases, you retain the copyright until the client pays in full for the project. This prevents unscrupulous clients from stealing your work.


Conclude the proposal by discussing compensation. Depending on the length of time it will take you to research and complete the project, charge per word, per hour or per project. Explain how much you will charge for the project. In many cases, you must request a down payment as a good faith measure that you will receive compensation for the work you complete. Choose to request a portion of the balance upon completion of the first draft. When the client accepts the final draft, you will collect the balance due. This procedure ensures you receive complete compensation for your work.

Proposal Conclusion

Make money by carefully crafting proposals that truthfully describe your abilities. Clarify your credentials and experience. Depending on your business, this would be writing samples or photos of your product. Provide contact information. If the client contacts you with a question, respond in a timely manner in order to prove your reliability.

Proposal Submission

Before submitting the proposal, read the original project description again. Guarantee that your proposal addresses the client’s needs. Proofread each proposal to guarantee correct spelling, grammar, sentence structure and readability. Ask a friend to read it and offer advice for changes or improvements. Look over details such as correct pricing and consistent font size. Submit the proposal online with attached files or print the proposal on paper. Be sure to submit the proposal to the correct address.

Save proposals in a file with for future reference. Understand that not every proposal will land the job. Learn from your mistakes and make improvements to future submissions.

A proposal serves as a job interview. Clients will judge your quality of work and ability to perform the project based on the proposal you submit. A successful proposal convinces the client that you possess the necessary qualifications to complete a project with expertise, skill and knowledge. Win projects and make money by writing winning proposals that attract attention and showcase your ability to meet client objectives.

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