The idea is to keep letter short and sweet - business people traditionally do not have a lot of spare time on their hands. Make sure that you pitch letter in accordance with cultural guidelines. A letter format such as above may meet with success in one country, but not in another.
If possible, send letter on your business letterhead and better still, attached a business card. People tend to throw away letters after reading them, but not business cards.
Many business people are only just starting to realise power of Internet and eCommerce. But when time comes for them to go online or to update their web sites, your name may be first that comes to their minds - especially if you follow up your original contact periodically, to keep your business and internet development skills fresh in their minds.
As mentioned earlier, sites such as ours are affiliated with project databases, where freelancers and design companies can compete for development work in a global arena.
A low price won't necessarily gain you job; customer support and "going that extra mile" is also of paramount importance when clients review bids to decide who to award project to. Remember, it's a risk for them to take on a stranger and you need to be able to convince a prospective client that you are skilled, credible and reliable. If you are a small design company or a one man show, a service such as this can be of great value as many clients prefer this type of business relationship.
As you undertake more projects under this service, you are rated on performance which is available for all to see. Many small design companies are not only using these services, but it's creating so much work for them that they are employing others to meet demand. Millions of dollars worth of tenders are currently available through services such as this, covering various sections:
- Full web site design implemenation and maintenance - Web site makeovers - Technical writing and ebook creation - HTML, XML, XHTML, XSL, PHP, Perl, ASP, - Logo and Banner design - Software Applications programming - Database (Access, Oracle and SQL) creation and implementation - Ecommerce applications such as shopping carts - Advertising and advertising tracking
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Even if you don't find yourself in a position to benefit from this type of service, it's worthwhile visiting on a regular basis to gain some ideas on pricing, sales pitches and services offered by other successful web development companies and freelancers.
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