What does a winning application for a project look like?

A winning application for a project shows that you are the best candidate for the work by clearly addressing each of the client’s requirements in your application and giving ample examples (either via your bio, application answers, or your past projects) of your relevant experience and how you can help the client achieve their goals.

 

Pro tip – Advisable normally sends client’s candidates to review within 24 hours so time is of the essence if you want to win a project! Apply as soon as you receive our invitation and you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting an interview.

How should I decide on my proposed hourly rate for the project?

You should treat Advisable projects like any other freelance project and propose an hourly rate based on your market rate. Remember that Advisable’s fee is deducted from the hourly rate you propose, and that all Advisable projects are competitive.

What does the client see when I apply?

Coming Soon!

I’ve been connected to the client for an interview, is there anything I should do in the meantime?

Yes! After you’ve been connected for an interview, reach out to the client via the messaging app to introduce yourself and open up a direct line of communication with the client. This sets a precedent for direct communication with the client throughout the interview process and also makes a professional first impression.

How should I prepare for the Interview and what should I cover during the call?

Prepare questions for interview and client based on the project brief Advisable has provided. You can always message the client via the app to ask for any other information in order for you to prepare for the call.

 

Make sure to cover these questions:

 

1.  What is your overall budget for the project?
2. How quickly are you looking to start? When do you expect the final product to be delivered by?
3. How many hours a week/month are you looking for support?
4. What is your timeline to make a decision on hiring?
5. Clarify next steps with the client (i.e is a proposal being sent, supplementary documents, another interview being set up etc)

What is the next step after the interview? How quickly should I send a proposal?

At the end of the interview, you should have clear next steps outlined with the client. If the client is expecting a proposal, we expect that to be sent within 24 hours of the interview. If there is any reason that you need more time to send a proposal (ie another interview, supplementary documents etc) please make that clear to the client and update Advisable via our follow up form.

 

Pro tip: Immediately after the call, we highly recommend that you send the client a follow up to thank them for their time, recap your call and clearly state next steps for sending a proposal. This continues the cadence of communication and helps you stand out from other applicants.

What is the Risk Free Trial and how do I set that up?

In order to encourage our client’s to kick start a project, Advisable offers an 8 hour risk-free trial for all new projects: if the client is not 100% satisfied then Advisable refunds the client and will pay the freelancer for the work they did in those 8 hours, so long as you have adhered to our Professional Standards.

 

When you send your initial proposal to the client set up a task of up to 8 hours that allows you to showcase your fit for the larger project, ideally via a well-defined output. Then, in the platform, flag the task as a “trial task” and that’s it!

 

You can get more details on the Risk Free Trial here.

It’s been a while since I heard an update on a project I applied to, why is that? When will I hear back from the client?

If you have not heard back from the client after sending in your application or your proposal, the client has either not had a chance to review your application/proposal yet or their timeline has been extended. Your advisable rep will keep you informed as soon as they have any update

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