11 Rules of Undertaking New Projects

I just finished my first freelance business proposal. It took longer than expected but I learned a lot. Here are 11 things:

  1. Always start as early as possible.
  2. Don’t just google “How to ____”, google “Samples of ______”
  3. Structure first.
  4. Never be afraid to be more clear.
  5. It can always be simpler.
  6. Don’t get caught in the trap of what things should look or sound like. If most businesses fail, then why be like most businesses?
  7. Learn from past successes (and failures), but don’t be afraid to try improving.
  8. Get a really good editor and partner.
  9. Everything you write should speak to your target.
  10. The more you set money aside and focus on why they need your help and why you want to help, the more convincing you will be.
  11. Every plan has weaknesses, make sure to address yours.

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