Once you have created your Freelancer account on LittleBig Connection platform, you can 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, you may access the RFPs tab and click on View all the RFPs of the marketplace.
You will be redirected to a new page, where you can search by keyword, 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.
For every RFP, you will see individual cards containing a summary of some key information.
|You can click on the heart/bookmark in the top right corner of the RFP card you are interested in, and find it at any time in the My Favorites menu within the RFPs tab.|
To know more about the RFP you are interested in, you can click on it, you will be redirected to its page, where you will have all the available information within:
|*In some cases, the Client may decide to anonymize the RFP. This means that you won’t be able to see the Client company name nor the location of the project.|
If you have any questions relating to the RFP, you may publish a message in the Public Questions/Answers section at the bottom of the RFP page. These messages cannot be deleted once published and will be visible to all who access the RFP.
|If you wish to send a private message to the Client, you will need to respond to the RFP first.|
Respond to an RFP
To respond to an RFP, click on Make a proposal in the top right corner of the RFP page.
In the window that will appear, you are asked to sign the Client specific conditions.
Then, you are redirected to the page to write your proposal. On the right-hand side, you can read again the dates and location info for the project, and the rest of the page is for you to fill in the necessary information for your proposal.
- Sales pitch: specify why your application is relevant in the context of this RFP, what skills and experiences make you the best choice to answer to the Client’s need, etc.
- If the Client requires anonymity (a blue banner will be displayed at the top of the page), please do not write your 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 you 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 a non 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 settlement (if available): you may choose to activate this option, which is charged €20 per day and allows you to be paid within three days after the validation of your Activity Report by the Client.
- Client terms & conditions (if present): you will need to click the check-box to confirm that you have read and accept to commit to the specific conditions set by Client for the project (e.g.: Going occasionally on site).
- Profile: use the toggle button to select your profile button and share it with your proposal
Once all the information is ready, click the green 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.
Only respond to RFPs matching your profile.
Once 2 of your proposals are qualified as Spam by the Clients, which means that they are considered out of scope, any new proposals you send through, will only be sent to the Clients after 4 days have passed.
Best practices for your proposals to stand out
On your profile
We recommend you fill in your profile as much as you possible since it will be attached to your proposal every time you respond to an RFP.
Do make sure that the following three elements match what is requested in the RFP:
- Technical skills: make sure you have the background and level of expertise required on the technical skills
- Soft skills: they are important and can make the difference. Let the opportunity to the Client to make up his own mind too, during the interview.
- Seniority: make sure you have the level of seniority required in the RFP.
In your proposal
When writing your proposal, we recommend being mindful of the following 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 considered 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 you are 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 your mobility capabilities.
- Interest: make sure that you are interested in the project before sending your proposal