Bidding on projects as a creative freelancer is a tricky proposition. Sasha Kovaliov sets up 3 question you need to ask yourself before submitting a bid.

Are you committing to every project or a bid that comes your way? If the answer is yes, chances are that you are simply wasting your time and money.

Here are 3 simple questions (with many smaller ones, of course) you should ask yourself before even considering writing a proposal and responding to an RFP or a bid.

The project might look lucrative and appealing, but don’t immediately rush to apply for it. This is a very common mistake, and many of us know its repercussions. Start with the basics and evaluate each project bid carefully.

The decision to apply for the request for proposal or move on is crucial for your business. Only if you’ve given a bold YES to all the following questions, should you then proceed to the proposal preparation stage.

1. Can We Deliver?

Many companies and freelancers jump into bidding without assessing and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Writing a decent proposal takes time and preparation. If your core skills do not comply with the requirements, the time spent analyzing this market and learning new project requirements will be overwhelming. That time is better spent on other activities that bring results.

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