On twago the number of contractors increases each month. Thus, competition is also intensifying among freelancers to win projects – even with an increasing numbers of projects each month. Below, we outline some simple steps you can take to have an edge over the competition. Most importantly, you have to convince the potential client using everything available to you.
Your profile should be as detailed and comprehensive as possible. The more quality information you provide, the better a potential client will understand your skills and abilities. There are 5 different categories that comprise the profile – General Information, Skills, Languages, Certificates, Portfolio. Each should be filled out as completely as possible. Furthermore, having a complete profile will increase your twago score, which is an important part of making a good impression on potential clients and winning projects. If you’re not entirely sure how to fill out your profile, check out our step-by-step guide here.
An especially important part of the profile are your references. References demonstrate the quality of your past work and, if you have good references, help you land future projects. There are two main ways of showing your references on twago. First, the feedback you receive from past clients on twago can serve as references for future projects. If you have successfully completed projects on twago, this is a great tool to help you win new ones. Second, you can upload your LinkedIn recommendations. This is especially helpful if you have references from clients who do not use twago. The more vivid, versatile and all-encompassing your references, the higher the chance that a potential client will award a project to you.
Bidding on projects
If you are interested in submitting a quote for a particular project, you can considerably increase your chances by checking out the tips we’ve already given in a previous article. Here is a short summary:
- You should respond quickly. Often, customers don’t use the entire bidding period, but award the project once they’ve found a suitable contractor.
- Project descriptions should be read very closely. Asking questions that have already been answered in the project description shows a lack of attention to detail.
- If you have questions, the potential client should be asked to avoid surprises after the project has been awarded. You can either use the public comments section or send a message directly to the potential client.
- Creative thinking impresses the potential client. A contractor who contributes unique suggestions or alternative solutions has an advantage, and indicates that you are familiar with the intricacies of the project.
- Present yourself professionally. Quotes and questions should be formulated in full sentences using proper grammar and standard rules of etiquette. Being serious and professional should be the leitmotif throughout your entire profile and communication with potential clients.
- Submit realistic quotes. Problems with scheduling and payment during and after the project come across as unprofessional and can lead to negative feedback.
It is always good for a client to see that you have professional qualifications or certifications in your field. Including certificates, licenses and other documentation to prove your expertise further improves your reputation and demonstrates your knowledge. Clients often know about the latest developments in a certain field and want to implement them. State-of-the-art knowledge is thus a decisive advantage for you compared to your competitors.
Networking and online presence
Potential clients often conduct research outside of twago to find information about the contractors. Therefore, you should always keep your profile, website and other relevant channels up to date and present relevant information about you, your services and your field. LinkedIn, Xing and Facebook are the most frequented websites to verify details. As a contractor, it is important to network and create brand awareness about your freelance business. Your own website can be particularly helpful. Providing a link from your website to your twago profile and vice versa makes it easy for potential clients to find information about you.
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