How to increase your chances of achieving a recommended proposal

We recently released our new recommended proposals feature to help buyers see the ‘highest quality’ proposals at a glance. But – as a freelancer – how can you make sure that your proposal receives the ‘recommended’ tag? We’ve gathered some valuable tips to help freelancers increase their chances of getting their proposals recommended by us.

6 tips to boost your proposals

  1. Ensure the proposal amount is as close to the project budget as possible.
  2. Gain repeat buyers. If you’ve worked together in the past, you’re more likely to be relevant to the buyer. This will also make fees drop – awesome!
  3. Make sure that your skill set matches the requirements of the project.
  4. Continuously deliver happy clients. If you have demonstrated that you are keeping your clients happy, then it’s more likely we will recommend you. Especially if your good track record matches the category of the project.
  5. Answer any interview questions that the buyer has requested. This is not mandatory but will clearly help improve your proposal relevance.
  6. Tailor your proposal to each project. Make sure you don’t use a generic description.

The final point is worth noting. Proposals will rank lower if the proposal text closely matches your other proposals. If you send the exact same proposal multiple times, each time only changing the greeting (“Hello Bob”, “Hello Sam”, etc), these proposals will be ranked lower, and therefore have a much lower chance of being recommended. We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t use templates, but just make sure that you tailor the proposal to the project you’re applying for.

Finally, keep in mind that missing a couple of the above tips doesn’t necessarily mean that your proposal won’t get recommended. However, you should consider these points when you’re putting together your next proposal.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you have a much higher chance of getting your proposals accepted by buyers.

Now, let’s get some proposals under the spotlight!

Yannis
Yannis
My mission at PPH is to bridge the gap between Business and IT and lead the Engineering teams towards the implementation of the company’s strategy and vision. My two favourite words: "continuous improvement"
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Rajesh Sharma
Rajesh Sharma

Thank you giving me tips about freelancing.

Natalie
Natalie

Hello Rajesh! We are always here for you! Happy we could help 🙂

Revamp
Revamp

Many times even if we are very specific about the Bid, we still did not get the revert?? What can be the reason??

Natalie
Natalie

Hello! Our AI algorithm takes into consideration more than 20 parameters. By following the above tips, you can increase the probability of your proposal being recommended but, like all algorithms, it cannot be guaranteed that it will be recommended. Please review our blog post about the way spotlight proposals work under our platform by clicking here.

Revamp
Revamp

I always prefer tailor made proposals and have always submitted one. I don’t believe in templates.
I really like your suggestion for the greeting text.

Thanks.

Asif Iftekhar
Asif Iftekhar

Well described post. Thanks for sharing this useful information about freelancing. As always awesome content, I love reading your articles, much appreciated!

Bilal Qayyum Butt
Bilal Qayyum Butt

Thanks.I used to send bespoke proposal every time. I have been considered 80% by the clients. The reason why I received replies is to answering them to the point and addresses the pains.

Thanks,

Mizan
Mizan

we are more pleased when PPH give us some as like tips. Happy with this tips.

Mizan
Mizan

Hello Natalie
will i know how to earn a refer link from a client ( I mean when singup complete and invoice paid from a client) ..?

With Best.

Natalie
Natalie

Hello Mizan. If you are referring to our referral program I would advise you to have a look under our Terms and Conditions by clicking here. Thank you!

Mizan
Mizan

Thank you.
I have see before I’m not clear ( PPH available upon checkout ) ..
( The equivalent of £30 will be credited to their PPH account. Said amount can only be used as a form of credit for purchases on PPH available upon checkout to users invited to PPH via our referral programme.)

With Best
Mizan

Arsalan M.
Arsalan M.

Do profile (cert) rankings effects this? i have seen Top cert’s proposals gets accepted mostly even after the normal cert profiles sent the most customized & relevant proposals with competitive rates. Is your AI algorithm recommending the top profiles only or doing justice with the others as well? From buyer perspective, i would choose anyone only on the behalf of Cert he or she have. I would choose someone if: – He/she addressed the requirement in the proposal – Provide relevant solution or strategy – Have experience on the relevant project or should have enough confidence to get it done.… Read more »

Natalie
Natalie

Hello Arsalan! No, this does not affect your CERT as it does not directly affect the proposal ranking. Even so, the AI algorithm does take into account a Freelancer’s past reviews, and so does CERT. Thank you.

Sobia
Sobia

Tips are Great especially sharing same proposal again n again looses points.
Write proposal according to requirements/project.

One thing I want to add

‘Ask Questions from client about project’
Or
‘Send Suggestions to client about project’

Happy Proposaling 😀 😀

Abul Hashem
Abul Hashem

Thanks for giving me such as tips for improving my freelancing.

Marshia
Marshia

Nice advice,Thanks

S M. MOHABBOT HASAN
S M. MOHABBOT HASAN

I have dropped all the marketplace after coming to #pph. I am so much happy to be here. I think support team Ninja is just wow. But you need to be more careful of refund processor.
Thanks for the article.

Natalie
Natalie

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are happy you are part of our community!

Md Sibbir Ahmed
Md Sibbir Ahmed

Thank you very much

Jeff Loki
Jeff Loki

Thanks for your excellent guide lines.

Natalie
Natalie

Our pleasure Jeff!

Shantoy
Shantoy

Thank you

Tarikul Islam
Tarikul Islam

my application aclive now

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