If you’ve worked with a client before, convincing him or her to hire you on retainer (an ongoing basis) is one of the most effective ways to increase your income. Familiarity with your client’s unique needs, work style, and industry are all powerful motivators to convince them to choose you instead of anyone else.
A business proposal is perhaps one of the most critical documents you need to learn how to write. It is what spells the difference between success and failure, whether you’re a freelancer or you have a company of your own.
The secret behind writing a winning business proposal and one that will just be set aside is the presence of what I call the 3 Ps: problem statement, proposed solution, and pricing information.
Detail the Cost and Time Involved. No client enjoys coming in over-budget for any job or project, but all clients appreciate knowing exactly how much time and money can be expected of them if they choose you for this specific project. Spell out the timeline of when and how you’ll do what with a best estimate. Are you going to interview your clients at the start of next month to figure out where their site is losing money? Will you begin wireframing your redesign iteration shortly thereafter?
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