Once you have created your Supplier account on LittleBig Connection platform, you can, for free, browse the open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and respond to those you find relevant. Let’s see how to do it in order to maximize your chances of success!
Within this article
- Browse the Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
- Respond to an RFP
- Best practices for your proposals to stand out
Browse the Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
When you log into LittleBig Connection platform, you can already see on the left side of the homepage, an overview of the open RFPs published on the marketplace.
To view all the open RFPs, access the RFPs tab and click on Search a RFP.
You will be redirected to a new page, where you can search by keyword, ID, skill, position, or company name, according to the type of RFP you target. You may also add filters like location, start date, etc. by clicking on the icon and menu called All criteria. Finally, you can also filter the RFPs to display only the ones for which you are a preferred supplier, by activating the toggle button Show only RFP for which I am preferred.
For every RFP, you will see individual cards containing a summary of some key information.
To know more about the RFP you are interested in, click on it to be redirected to its page, where you will have all the available information within:
If you have any questions relating to the RFP, you may publish a public message by clicking on the Questions/Answers tab, just below the RFP header. These messages cannot be deleted once published and will be visible to all who access the RFP.
Respond to an RFP
To respond to an RFP, click on the green button Make a proposal located in the top right corner of the RFP page.
If you have not been set up as a preferred supplier by the client, you will be required to sign the Client specific conditions in the window that will appear.
You are then redirected to the proposal form. On the right-hand side, you may find once again the dates and location of the project, in the main area of the page, you will be able to fill in the necessary data, required in order to validate your proposal.
- Sales pitch: specify why your application is relevant to the RFP, note the experience and skills of your Consultant that answer the needs of the client, etc.
- If the Client requires anonymity (a blue banner will be displayed at the top of the page), please do not write your Consultant's personal details in the sales pitch section. In that instance, personal data will be displayed in trigram form (e.g.: John Smith – JSM)
- Availability: add the date from which your Consultant will be available to start the project
- Client fee
- If you are a preferred supplier: specify the fee already negotiated with the Client, you will receive a quarterly invoice for all your activities on the platform.
- If you are not a preferred supplier: specify the amount you wish to perceive. The Amount invoiced to the Client will be automatically filled in, the difference between the amounts represent the fees corresponding to LittleBig.
- Immediate payment (if available): you may choose to activate this option, which is charged at €20 per day and allows you to be paid within three days after the Client validates your Activity Report.
- Consultant or Candidate file: check the box to select the profile or file of the Consultant you wish to assign to this RFP. If the Consultant's name doesn't show up, you can create them an account or a candidate file.
Once all the information is ready, click the button Validate the proposal on the top right corner of your screen.
If the Client is interested in your proposal and wishes to know more, they will contact you via the platform to schedule an interview (also called a Qualification Meeting - QM) alternatively, they may select your profile straight away.
Best practices for your proposals to stand out
On your Consultant's profile
We recommend the Consultants fill in their profile as much as possible, since it will be attached to the proposal every time you position them when responding to an RFP.
Do make sure that the following three elements match what is requested in the RFP:
- Technical skills: make sure they have the background and level of expertise required on the technical skills
- Soft skills: they are important and may sometimes make the difference.
- Seniority: make sure they have the level of seniority required, as described in the RFP
In your proposal
When writing your proposal, we recommend being mindful of the following three elements:
- Daily rate (DR): the choice of DR is crucial. If the rate is considered too high by the Client, your room to negotiate will be limited, along with the likelihood of being awarded the RFP. On the other hand, if the Client considers the rate is too low, they may question your ability to handle and carry the project to term. Sometimes, the Client may decide to display their budget for the project, in those instances, this may serve as an indicator.
- Availability: check the availability requested and make sure that your Consultant is available on the date desired by the Client to start the project, or, the closest possible to it.
- Location: check that the project location matches the mobility of your consultant.