I recently posted a request for proposal on one of those on-line freelance sites to have a very large Word document with table information converted to an Excel spreadsheet. Generally it’s a straightforward issue that I would have no problem completing myself. However, this particular table had a trait that made it just a bit out of my league (I know bupkus about scripts) – but someone with more advanced Excel skills would have no problem with, which was confirmed by some of the responses I got for my request.
Now, on to what annoys me…
Do not make the person requesting the proposal look in different places to find your bidding information. Please just respond to the proposal in the designated proposal area. Don’t make me go to the stinkin’ private message board to see what you have to say. I’ve got 50+ proposals to look through and I DON’T want to have to track down your response. Needless to say, those who responded with “See my response in the PMB”, or even LESS professional “pls see pm” didn’t even get a second look – and barely got a first one.
I DID however, appreciate those who attached a sample of how they converted the sample page I attached to my proposal. That showed me they actually looked at what I put out there and thought about what I needed.
The “canned” responses that had absolutely no reference to what I needed done in the first paragraph of their response also did not get a second look.