How do you follow up on a proposal?
When you have already submitted a proposal and come back to check after 2 or 3 days and wanted to follow up on it how do you do that? And I don't mean re-writing the proposal already submitted to the project, i don't want to be redundant too and cause spamming to employers, just a simple follow up notification to employer so at least we will not wait until the project actually closes. Most of the time designers are just left hanging there.
Asked Jul 15 at 07:08 AM
In my opinion, once I submit my proposal for a project, I don't bother on any follow up. If the employer contacts me, with questions, or a discussion about the project, ect. and then I don't hear from them for a few days, I usually message them letting them know I'm eager to start work, I'm available and able to start work as soon as the project is awarded to me.
The key is, I wait for the employer to contact me first. Besides, if you have a free membership you can not contact the employer until they contact you first.
I also, do not hang around, waiting and wondering until the project is either awarded (to me or someone else) or expires. I keep submitting proposal to other projects.
answered Jul 15 at 07:29 PM
I am more or less on the same page as Kathleen is on this subject. I make my proposal the best that it can be and let that do the work for me. I figure that I'm not going to win them all, so sending further messages could potentially make me appear desperate and take me out of the competition. Imagine if 30 people bid and 20 of them send follow-up messages? It's a pain for the employer. If the employer contacts me and asks about my skills or for clarification of my bid based on possible changes to the project, I have no problem responding to that but I don't make it a rule to contact them a second time after my proposal has been submitted, in an effort to win the award.
answered Jul 16 at 03:45 AM
If you are a subscribing user, you can use the Project Messages option to follow up with Employers after you submit a proposal. However, as Kathleen indicated, if you are a free Basic user, you will not have access to that tool.
I agree with Kathleen and Christine in that you don't want to bombard the Employer with follow up, but don't be afraid to prod a little. If you've not heard from the Employer after a couple of days, some follow up is not unreasonable. Just don't spam. Employers complain about the Freelancers that submit a proposal and then paste their proposal into a message and follow up every day, day after day. That's a bit much and usually results in the proposal getting deleted.
answered Jul 16 at 10:08 PM
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