How to Get Selected in an Auction for a Writing project (perspective of the employer)

I have not once stumbled upon a scattered list of offers (i.e. bids) on the numerous freelance platforms, such as,, etc; and what amazes me the most in these applicant offers – is the reprehensible array of the same, but not so much diffused mistakes that they commit in the 95% of the cases. I am an employer with years of experience hiring contractors, and I feel it is my debt to lay out the techniques (simple and not so much), which all of you, fellow writers, can exercise to get yourself hired.


Here is the list. From the most elementary ones to more subtle:

1. Be specific.

Tailor your proposal to a specific requirement in the project. It’s so obvious and yet almost all writers we deal with fall short elaborating a concrete offer in the supplemental comments.

The most common approach researchers undertake is sending the same old template-monster (as they suppose) to the dozens of clients at once.

You should know it better – such a shortcut won’t get you a sweet deal, similar to just about every other work you take over – shortcuts do not worth a penny in a long-run.

2. Be honest.

A short while ago we placed an offer for an accounting assignment, and hired a writer who had assured us of the profound knowledge of the subject.

He did quite well answering our questions (which were of the shallow, basic-understanding nature), so we gave him a go-ahead.

Long story short, the turnaround of the order cost us a customer, who, just as we did, suffered from the abysmal execution and a harsh deviation from the instructions. The writer has gotten a furious feedback with a full bid annulment, however, this in no way aided our lost trust from the recurring customer.

This little example perfectly illustrates what you shouldn’t do: lie that you can deliver a tough assignment.

It’s one thing when the project is strictly theoretical, but it’s a whole different story to dive into a complex, technical order, where a lot is at stake. Don’t be desperate, wait for the project you can really complete well and better build a long-term relations with one customer, than fuck up dozens of orders for various ones.

3. Do not rush through.

Some of the applicants are being hasty, by sending countless messages before they get any response. Such a behavior won’t let you anywhere, except for the label of “obnoxious one”.

4. Offer free extras.

If your province is academic writing, butter up the customer with some free extras. Mind, however, that we, namely big companies – and not individual employers – have a clear understanding of what really is a good extra*, and what is not worth a wooden nickel. Of the top of my head I can suggest you offering Pdf. copies of used sources, plagiarism report.

* A common misconception: writers believe that exceeding set word count or the number of sources is a good thing – which is in fact an attempt to pull an okey doke, since academic tenets prescribe equal punishment for both having less than required, or more than needed.



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