I remember when I first started building websites as a freelancer. I had no clue how to write a proposal or what software and tools to use. Sometimes I would send a cluttered email full of previous projects, details about what I do, and how much it would cost the client. This was not only a horrible approach, but also very time consuming! Eventually I learned a better approach for writing proposals, however, the time issue still remained.
Around November of 2014, I came across a website called Bidsketch. I signed up for their newsletter and received a free PDF version of their website proposal template (I'm not sure if their cloud SaaS version was available, but I could be mistaken). Since then, I have used that same template for all my proposals.
I recently signed up for the online version of Bidsketch and feel that this is a must share for any freelancer or creative business. Here is my Bidsketch review and how it can help you.
Stop wasting time
Bidsketch doesn't just allow you to create better proposals, it allows you to narrow down your entire proposal creation process. There are already several templates included for various fields such as IT, web design, SEO, marketing, etc. All you have to do is plug in the relevant information for your client's project. I was able to setup a quick proposal for a current client in under 10 minutes.
You can set everything from business snapshots, fees, deadlines, etc. You will be walked through a step-by-step process to create your proposals. It's incredibly simple!
Be more appealing
Once your proposals content is written, there is a built-in editor that you can use to change the design and color of your proposal. I do wish their customizer was a bit more robust, however, you can use your own HTML/CSS designs for your proposals if you do not like the templates provided.
Having the ability to create great-looking proposals in a matter of minutes allows you to provide a more professional appearance, and shows your clients you are serious and reliable.
Seamless proposal acceptance
Once you have completed your proposal, you can easily send your proposal to clients using the Bidsketch software. The recipient can easily sign and accept your proposal electronically. Yes, I said electronically! Not fax, scanned email, or in-person signing. You'll know when the proposal is accepted, and can even customize a message for your client to give them next-steps. Also, for those individuals that may not be as savvy or do not feel secure signing online, they have the option to export the proposal as a PDF to print and sign it.
Should you use Bidsketch?
I personally believe that if you are sending even just 1 proposal a month, that Bidsketch would be a great investment. The Freelancer Plan is $29/mo ($23/mo if you pay yearly up-front). It definitely doesn't hurt to try their 14 day risk-free trial. It requires a credit card, but they will notify you 3 days before your trial ends so you can cancel if it doesn't work for you.
All in all, I highly suggest Bidsketch for any freelancer. The time saved alone makes it worth the purchase. Get over to Bidsketch and try it out for yourselves. Drop a comment and let me know how it works out for you!