How do I write a good pitch?

Writing a good pitch is the key to winning more work on Twine. You'll be competing against other freelancers who also want to be selected for that project. So, how do you give yourself the best chance of being chosen?

If you have an enticing bid proposal which shows you can meet all of the buyer's needs, this will give you a good head start. Your pitch should be a summary of why you're the best person for the job. Think of it like a mini job application. Don't be tempted to post your CV or life's achievements. Buyers are busy and don't have time to read a novel.

The buyer will evaluate you based on your relevant skills, previous work in your portfolio and your Twine rating. Your pitch should be professional but doesn't have to be too formal.

Firstly, read the project brief thoroughly. The buyer will be looking for signs that you've read and understood what they want, and that you've got the relevant skills to complete the task. 

If you can, show examples of similar previous projects that you've completed. Any previous work should be uploaded to your Twine portfolio for buyers to see. The buyer wants to see that you've got the right experience for the job. Tell them about previous experience and any positive results you've had from clients.

Don't use a template. You might think you're being smart by using a template to apply for loads of projects at once. Buyers can smell a templated pitch a mile off, and will probably discount you for this. It looks impersonal and like you have no real interest in their project other than the money. Even if this is true, you need to pretend it's not.

Be personal. Buyers want a friendly, approachable freelancer. They might never have hired a freelancer before so they might be nervous about the whole process. By adding a personal touch, you'll come across as a real person rather than a robot. Sometimes, remote working can feel a bit like you're just interacting with a screen.

Make sure you can deliver if you're accepted. Do you definitely have the time to take on all of these projects you're pitching on? 

Keep yourself safe. Check your buyers history. Do they have any previous ratings? Were they a good person to work for? Steer clear of any buyers that look suspicious. Don't sent and personal information in a pitch.

Proofread your pitch. Typos don't look great, even if you are the best designer in the world.

If you're not selected this time, remember it's not a personal reflection on you. You win some, you lose some. As long as you submit the best pitch you can, you know you've done your best.

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