Posting a project on Loom is quick and easy. However, the more care and detail you put into your project post, the better the result will be. A well written project is guaranteed to help attract the best freelancers. Here are some tips that will set you up for success in hiring on Loom.
Project posting requirements:
A thorough and detailed posting that shows a well-researched understanding of your needs makes your project more compelling for top freelancers on Loom. Just as freelancers put thought and care into creating their proposals for you, a thoughtful project posting requires care and attention. It doesn’t just outline your needs, it also creates a first impression of both you and your company. Here are our requirements on all project postings:
- Clear, descriptive project title: Write a clear, concise and descriptive title about the work you’re looking to have completed. This will give freelancers a quick, accurate understanding of what your project-need is all about.
- Quick overview: Include a tweet-length description of your project. This is displayed alongside your project title to give a quick glance of what you’re building.
- Accurate budget: Provide an accurate, realistic budget for the work you’re looking to have completed. For example, if you include a budget of $100 or an entire website to be built, that will likely cause your project to not be approved. Note: Budgets with both cash and equity included perform significantly better (receive more proposals) in the marketplace than equity-only projects.
- Thoughtful background: Passionate, talented freelancers come to Loom to find work because they want to work on interesting projects with smart people. By including a thoughtful background on how your project came to be, you’re likely to attract the upper-echelon of freelancers who begin with an understanding of the project.
- Where you are today: Provide a quick bit of information on where your project stands as of this posting. That way, freelancers know exactly where they would be picking this up and moving the ball down the field for you.
- Scope of work: The more detail you can provide on a scope of work, the better. This ensures you will receive accurate estimates and compelling proposals from the best freelancers.
- Deliverables & specifications: Outline exactly what items you’re looking to receive from a freelancer in detail. This will ensure that your expectations are aligned from the get-go.
- Desired freelancer type: Accurately select what type of freelancer you’re looking for. That way, your project will reach their attention as they search for projects that fit their skill-sets.
- Preferred freelancer skills: Different freelancers specialize in different technologies and products. If you can select accurate freelancer skills within a certain type of freelancer, you’ll be sure to only get proposals from freelancers who are experienced in exactly the technologies you need.
- Accurate, reasonable work time-frame: Be sure to include an accurate and reasonable time-frame of when you’re looking to begin your work and when you’re looking for it to conclude (or launch). If your project’s time-frame expires, it will be removed from Loom. Be sure to keep this updated, reasonable and accurate.
- Detailed milestones: The more information you can provide on specific milestones you’re looking to hit, the better a freelancer will understand what the expectation of them will be, ultimately leading to better, more accurate proposals delivered to your inbox.
- A photo of yourself: You can tell a lot from someone’s face. Make sure your profile photo is a real photo of yourself, without your company name or logo. This gives freelancers an understanding of exactly who they will be working with on this project.
- Omittance of personally-identifiable information: The biggest reason that projects are not approved in Loom’s project review process is because they contain personally-identifiable information. This can be anything from your company name, last name, website, specific product name, address, previous job, etc. The key thing to know here is: if someone can search for it on the web and find you, then it will cause your project posting to be rejected. We do not allow this information because it can lead to you getting spammed, compromising your privacy, or even people attempting to circumvent our Terms of Service - which we take very seriously. When you post your project, simply make sure to leave out any personal information about your or your company, and instead make the posting all about the work you need completed. This will ensure your project is quickly approved and getting bids from top freelancers in no time!
Project posting tips:
- The more details you can provide, the better! Explain your project with as much context, background and information as you can (without sharing personal info). This lets potential freelancers know if they’re a good fit, and will also help them respond with accurate proposals.
- Feel free to include a description of the type of freelancer you’re looking for. Top-notch, experienced freelancers usually charge higher rates, which will affect your budget. If your project is simple, a junior-level freelancer may be a better fit, but if your project is complex, you’ll want to adjust your budget for a more senior freelancer. What you put in is what you’ll get out.
- Clearly define exactly what you are hiring for, what skills or technologies are must-haves for success on the project, etc. This makes it easy for freelancers to see if submitting a proposal would be worth their time.
- Ask for a specific type of response in applicants’ cover letters and proposal questions to give freelancers a way to show that they can follow directions and give you a stronger sense of their abilities. This also gives you an easy way to quickly weed out those people who did not carefully review your job posting. Reiterate the important criteria you need to address in filling this position. Be clear that whatever you are asking for is something that applicants can pull together in a few short minutes.
- Provide detail on the type of working relationship you expect to have with the freelancer. This sets clear expectations and lets them know before applying if your project will fit their availability and working style.
Things to avoid:
- Errors in capitalization, spelling and grammar. This shows limited professionalism.
- Descriptions of duties that are vague and beyond the expected scope of the freelance work to be completed.
- Confusing proposal questions.
- A project description that is vague and doesn’t specify deliverables. Allow the freelancer to have insight into the overall goal of the project.
- Lacking indication of why expert-level freelancers are needed.
- Lack of preparation, clarity and thought put into the post.
- Misaligned experience level, requirements and proposed compensation/budget.