I've been freelancing for about four years now. I can't count the number of project proposals I've done during that time. That's a lie, I could, but then I have to look through the black hole that is my Google Drive.
To give you an idea of how the process works for starting a new project, it looks a little something like this:
- Usually get a referral from someone, which will come in the form of an e-mail (normally).
- I e-mail said person trying to get a gauge on what type of project it is.
- When they respond back, I'll do a bit of research and schedule a call to discuss it more in-depth.
- After I close the call, I give myself a couple of days to develop what I call the "Tech Design". This translates to a Google Doc full of stuff like:
- Technology I'm going to use (Gatsby, etc.)
- Schedule Breakdown
- When finished, I e-mail the client with the Google doc Link. They'll take a look and I'll get a written agreement by having them acknowledge the terms in via e-mail.
- Do the Project!
- Invoice via Freshbooks
- Wait 10 years for them to pay.
There is always room for improvement. What are you doing for this process? I've got invoicing down, Freshbooks makes it super easy, but I think I can do better with the proposals.