Thousands of organizations choose to outsource their IT needs. In 2018, the global IT outsourcing market worldwide was worth over $62 billion. Financial experts estimate that its value will reach $409 billion by 2022. As an IT specialist, you can start bidding for software projects as a side hustle – or even turn it into a full-time job.
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Before you start bidding for software projects, create a compelling profile and upload relevant work samples. Write a catchy headline and set a rate that reflects your skills.
Understand the Software Bidding Process
The software bidding process is no different than bidding for web design or copywriting projects. What you need to do is to join an online job platform, search for software projects that match your expertise and place your bid. The key to success is to make your profile shine and establish yourself as an industry expert.
Each platform has its own rules and requirements. Upwork, for example, connects freelancers and contractors with companies and individuals who need their services. It covers most industries, from web and mobile development to accounting and customer service. Some employers offer a fixed rate, while others pay per hour; contractors can submit proposals (bids) that include a brief overview of their skills along with the desired rate.
Most job platforms work in a similar manner. To increase your chances of success, read the job descriptions thoroughly and only apply to those that match your skills. Create a compelling profile that highlights your experience, accomplishments and successful past projects. When bidding for software projects, keep your proposal short and to the point and set a rate that reflects the quality of work that you can provide.
Join Software Bidding Sites
More than one in three Americans freelanced in 2018, according to a survey by Upwork. About three in four say that technology has made it easier to work online. More than half would not return to a traditional nine-to-five job. Considering these facts, it's no surprise that a growing number of platforms are offering freelance work in IT and other in-demand industries.
Depending on your preferences, you can sign up on Upwork, Freelancer.com, Guru.com, People per Hour and other software bidding sites. These online platforms actually cover most industries, not just software development. They do, however, have millions of users and thousands of projects in every niche you could think of.
Guru.com, for example, enables employers to pay by the hour, by the task or by milestone – or set up recurring payments for projects. All payments are processed through SafePay. Software specialists and other independent contractors can browse jobs by type, by budget, by location and other criteria. Next, they can check individual job listings and send a quote; if their offer is accepted, they can start work right away.
Maximize Your Chances of Success
The software bidding process has its share of challenges. First of all, you're competing against hundreds or even thousands of professionals who want that job as much as you do. The only way to stand out is to set up a profile that sets you apart. This won't be easy, especially if you have little and/or no experience from previous clients.
Upload a professional photo and fill out your profile. Describe your experience, skills and professional qualifications. Write an eye-catching headline and add links to your portfolio (if applicable). For example, if you're a mobile app developer, you can mention or link to any apps you've created.
When bidding for software projects, upload a relevant project or any files that show you're the right person for the job. Some platforms, such as Upwork, allow freelancers to take online skill tests to prove their expertise. That's a good way to show potential clients that you have what it takes to complete their projects. Consider bidding on recently posted jobs in your niche as they may have fewer applicants.
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Andra Picincu is a digital marketing consultant with over 10 years of experience. She works closely with small businesses and large organizations alike to help them grow and increase brand awareness. She holds a BA in Marketing and International Business and a BA in Psychology. Over the past decade, she has turned her passion for marketing and writing into a successful business with an international audience. Current and former clients include The HOTH, Bisnode Sverige, Nutracelle, CLICK - The Coffee Lover's Protein Drink, InstaCuppa, Marketgoo, GoHarvey, Internet Brands, and more. In her daily life, Ms. Picincu provides digital marketing consulting and copywriting services. Her goal is to help businesses understand and reach their target audience in new, creative ways.