How to Submit a Proposal

By: Ashley Gillen

Publicist's platform makes the process of submitting your first proposal as easy as three simple steps. In this guide, we'll walk you through each step and give some helpful tips along the way!

Submitting a Proposal

Congratulations, you have now been vetted to the Publicist community and you’re gearing up to submit your first proposal to a client on the platform.  

Submitting your proposal will be the first point of contact between you and your prospective client. This is the perfect time to highlight your unique skill set and emphasize what makes you the best person for the project. 

Here, we’ll walk you through the process of submitting your proposal and give some tips on how to stand out and engage the project! 

Step 1: Rate

The first thing you’ll see when submitting a proposal on Publicist is the client’s budget and our suggested rate. When deciding your own pricing and filling in your rate, there really are no rules. 

It may be helpful to consider your personal experience, expertise, skillset, and typical hourly or project rate. Just remember, the client has the decision to hire you, so sticking to a rate near their budget will likely make you more competitive against other interested talent. 

After you fill in your desired rate, our platform will inform you if you are under their budget, on their budget, or over their budget. You can then adjust your rate with this in mind if desired. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that not every project is going to be for you. If a client’s budget is under your expectation and expertise, there will always be many more. We want you to be paid what you are worth.

Step 2: Cover Letter 

The cover letter is the most important piece of your pitch. Clients will likely receive multiple proposals per job, and will skim through cover letters first in order to narrow down the pool of applicants. This is where you need to stand out. 

So, how do you write a great cover letter? 

Try to keep it simple and to the point. Give clients a snapshot of your experience that is relevant to the project. A bullet point list may be helpful here to list specific skills. 

If the client has specific questions or qualifications listed in the brief, make sure to address them here. 

Bonus: be friendly! It never hurts to let some of your personality shine through. Clients are likely to choose the candidate that they feel will be a pleasure to work with. 

Step 3: Attachments 

The final step in submitting your proposal is attaching your resume or other relevant files. 

If you have examples of previous projects or work that you’d like to share with the client, attach them here. These can be very valuable in illustrating the skills and expertise you bring to the table. 

You are now all ready to submit. Click the “Submit” button and wait to hear back from the client. 

Good luck, we can’t wait to see the work that you do!