Questions tagged [project-bidding]

The bidding process is used to select a freelancer for subcontracting a project, or for purchasing products and services that are required for a project. The client sends the bid to a group of freelancers for response. The freelancers analyze the bid and calculate the cost at which they can complete the project.

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How to say "How long will the interview process take?" without being rude?

I have 1 year of experience working as a freelancer and on average, the jobs that I find are usually very fast in the communication and bidding process. An average communication goes like this: >&...
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How to reject a project that does not fit with my skills or goes beyond my skills in order to keep your client for future projects?

I am having problems with how to reject this kind of project for my clients. As an example, a recent client that weeks ago I did a C Project for him arrives again days ago needing help in a project ...
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Does bidding early on a project increases the rank of the bid on freelancer.in?

If a freelancer bids on a project as soon as it is opened on freelancer, does it increases the rank of that bid? I have noticed this but I am not hundred percent sure. While viewing my bid insights I ...
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Better option for bid on projects, Hourly, Milestone or Fixed Price

Hello I am new to freelancing. I have accounts on freelancing sites (Upwork, Freelancer). My skills are in the field of Machine Learning and Data Analysis and I have complete knowledge of backend and ...
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How to handle bids over project budget

As a Client, I posted a project I needed done on a freelancing site (Upwork, Freelancer, etc). I have had a few bids that go over the listed budget (30% over). I did mention in the description that ...
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Risk assessment of remote assistance project with high expectations

This question is about fixed priced projects where one or more of the following characteristics are part of the project description: The entire project needs to take place over a form of remote ...
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Ask for a preview of the job before awarding a bid or after?

In the case of needing a certain amount of articles, let's say 50, is it better to ask for an example of how the freelancer would write a single article before awarding the bid or after doing it? Ask ...
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What is a 3-quote process?

I am quoting for a potential new client, and she has said that they need to go through a 3-quote process... does this mean that they are looking for a quote from me and two others? Or does it mean ...
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How to write a Proposal on a Graphics Design bid as a newbie(in freelancer.com)?

I am a newbie to freelancer.in and want to bid in here. but the main thing is that to write the proposal on the bid. i heard its the main thing that we could impress the Client. i am an UX/UI designer....
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Test project asking for too much to get a job?

I bid for a project on upwork.com The invitation is for a test project. The test project includes my having to have an AWS account, mysql, ansible, etc, etc. My question is: Is this much investment ...
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Get a project to work on

I would like to work on a project for free. I am willing to help someone. I have very good skills but I haven't worked for a while. I want to get into the freelancing business and I would start with a ...
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How do we bid on freelancer's sites?

Freelancers' sites request that you bid for the projects upfront, and sometimes schedule the project in phases. But most of the time, the project descriptions are rudimentary (like "I urgently need an ...
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Is it safe to start working on project without any milestone?

Let say employer has awarded you a project on Freelancer Website. Employer has not created any milestone for this project and didn't have verified their payment etc. If you will accept this ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

I've recently got back into doing freelancing jobs because I needed to get activity on a payment method in order to get private loads reactivated. I am using freelancer.com and even when I made about ...
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Making quotations out of thin air

In many of the freelancer's sites, they ask you a quotation for a bid that you need to provide just to "enter the pipeline". But at the same time, you get little or no details on the task at ...
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Having trouble getting hired on Upwork, how can I get hired?

So basically my cover goes like this: Hello Sir or Madam, I am writing in response to your advertisement for someone who can organize and transfer data's. After carefully reviewing the experience ...
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Unallocated projects

I've noticed on a couple of freelancing sites (especially Elance) where the majority projects get allocated either to yourself (if you're lucky), or to another (lucky them) or they get cancelled (...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

I'm having difficulties getting hired on oDesk (UpWork) when bidding on projects, and I think it has to do with my cover letters. Here's an example of one of my cover letters that I've sent: Dear ...
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How to negotiate a price after an item of work is done?

Back in December my friend was starting to make a website for her parents' coffee shop. She is a graphic design major and has taken a few web design classes. She was only a little way in when she ran ...
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When to stop working for free?

I am in the middle of a interview but it has prolonged for about 4 days, not entire days, but the client is getting free value from a lot of sources. Comments come comments gone, each nugget of ...
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Should I blog about my projects or write a series of tutorials to impress my potential clients?

I'm am going to start Freelancing in Java. Getting the first project is really hard and low on profit margin. So I'm looking to strengthen my bid with a link to my blog about Java. The question is ...
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No response after project bid

I am new to freelancing. I joined a freelance site today and made a bid on a project relating to iOS social media integration (since I have good knowledge on the subject). I also based my bid on the ...
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Competing offer from outside consultant

Hopefully the title is worded accurately, here goes. I have built a data management framework for my client. Gather data, organize, save to database, provide web portal so they can monitor the field, ...
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Can online bidding for projects work without prior record? [duplicate]

Someone told me that if I want to get or deal with projects by online bidding, it would be necessary to show previous bidding records. For example, you must have dealt with at least 2-3 projects ...
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How do you negotiate your fee in equity?

I was contacted by a startup to build an iOS app for their prototype hardware product. I quoted my hourly rate, but they said they didn't have any funding yet and offered me equity. At this point I ...
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From the UK and want to freelance while living in Latin America - best way to advertise I am English but cheaper because I live in another country?

Have been searching on the internet for a bit without much luck so thought I would post my question up here (I imagine I am not the first with this though!) I'm 28 years old and have about 5 years ...
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Quoting a project with an open budget

I have a client who wants me to enhance/rewrite a plugin's code. She's asked what my price would be for completing the work, but she didn't give me a budget. However, I've never had to come up with a ...
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How do I quote/bid for an android app?

I'm new to freelancing and have recently been approached by a client to make a basic but moderately functional android app for commercial purposes. It will need minimal design, and the client has ...
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How much cost can i ask for website design to client? [closed]

website design+choose images for banner + database for upload missing child related website project contains 7 pages, i don't no how much can i ask. so please help me to ask.
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Marketing new skill or line of business

I want to start serving in a new field, such a iOS app and Magento based e-commerce websites. I have done no projects in past for both, meaning I have studied on my own and did the quiz projects on ...
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How to talk to a company as a prospective contractor vs. employee

Background: I am a software engineer. Throughout my career I have been a salaried employee. My brother's company has some imminent deadlines and they could use some extra help with things that I have ...
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Client comparing estimates

A potential client requested an estimate for an pretty large e-commerce website with ~20 pages pages, item customization plugin, live chat, newsletter, slideshow, automated e-mails, payment processor ...
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Deciding budget of a project which does not have exact requirements

Let's say there is a project which does not have an exact set of requirements. And then the clients ask for an "tentative" quote. There is no way to decide that, for example, an iPad app for a hotel ...
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Whose responsibility is to give budget for job: Freelancer or Client

I work as a part timer freelancer at oDesk. At oDesk client budget is already written on job posts. So, many times there are chances that after a successful job with client, he/she offer me an another ...
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What are the pros and cons of having fewer, smaller projects compared to larger, bigger projects?

With all other things being equal, let's say you could pursue getting 6 clients that would pay you $5,000 per contract, or getting 3 clients that pay you $10,000 per contract. Assume that the work for ...
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How can I start freelancing and get online projects to work on?

I have good experience in PHP and I want to start freelancing. I have opened accounts on Elance, freelancer, oDesk and have been trying to bid on projects for the last 2 months, but I still didn't get ...
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Apply and bid for an Android Development freelancing project online

I am an Android Developer, and I'm new to freelancing. I recently created an account on sites like freelancer.com, and I want to take on some projects. As someone new to freelancing, how can I land ...
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What should be included on a quotation or offer to perform services/deliver goods as a freelancer?

When sending a formal quotation document to a customer (i.e. an offer to perform services or deliver goods at a specific price) what information should I include? Do I need unique numbers for ...
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Determining when to turn down business

I recently started freelancing and found myself in a situation where I wish I would have turned the job down initially. In my situation the client wanted to change the functionality multiple times, ...
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