Are you ready to start your dream project?

The first step is to complete your profile. The GovFlex marketplace features an engine that matches your profile to job postings. As a result, you will find increased opportunities from Contractors who are searching specifically for your expertise.

Once you have completed your profile and Stripe has verified your bank account information, you can respond to any job opportunity posted by GovFlex Contractors.

Here are all the steps to ensure your profile contains all the necessary elements to match you to your dream job. Remember, the more information you provide in your profile, the more attractive you will be to Contractors.

Creating your profile:

  1. Add your headshot - This is the first introduction you will make on GovFlex, so be sure to add a professional and inviting photo of yourself. If you do not have a professional headshot, check out this article on How to Take A Great Professional Headshot with Your Phone. If you do not wish to add a picture, you can always use a logo or a stock photo.

2. Write up an introduction - In business, introductions are important. Many GovFlex clients won't even consider profiles without an introduction. As a GovFlex freelancer you can substantially increase your chances for consideration by providing a brief well written introduction. In this section, describe the services you offer. The highest-rated profiles include years of experience, specific expertise, and awards. Treat this as your opportunity to sell yourself as a professional and attract Contractors to your profile.

Here are three prime examples of introductions for your reference:

"I am a proposal professional with more than 20 years of experience with proposals, the preponderance in Federal opportunities. I have worked as a proposal consultant for companies including CACI, Keane Federal, Sprint, HP, and Shipley. I have worked on major proposals for DLA, DOJ, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, USACE, NIH, NSA, and NASA. My subject matter experience is in the fields of software, hardware, user desk management, intelligence, C4ISR, logistics, business process re-engineering, environmental programs, and ship building. I have run my own proposal consulting business from 2001 to present. My strengths include my energy and enthusiasm, my ability to get the most out of my team members through skillful personal relations, my entrepreneurial nature, and my ability to write and communicate with a combination of speed and accuracy. I have a demonstrated track record in short-fuse, crisis situations."

"Parker Group Consulting (PGC) is an IT management, consulting and training firm that specializes in providing support to government agencies & businesses. We provide our business clients with expert knowledge on capture, acquisition, federal policy and consultative selling techniques. Our government clients value our knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, performance management, management development, capital planning enterprise architecture, cyber security, organizational excellence, executive mentoring and coaching, and other management solutions."

"Exceptionally skillful proposal executive with more than 30 years of experience working with Fortune 100 companies and small 8(a) businesses to win billions of dollars of federal government business. Extensive background in Business Management, Business Development, across diverse business areas, and in every phase and element of proposal development. Work independently, with capture teams and proposal teams from bid/no bid evaluation, strategies and win theme development, solution strategies and collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs), managing multiple reviews, ensuring compliance, and final production. Her basic approach is the Shipley method of proposal development but she applies her own experience to meet required schedule demands and uses a five-element management methodology to manage personnel. Proven track record of conceiving and implementing strategies to meet deadline and achieve extraordinary results for large opportunities."

3. Add your Skills, Contracts, and Agencies - You can add as many skills as you would like to represent your experience. Be sure to include any government agencies or contracts you have experience with. These skills are used to match your profile against Contractor job postings.

4. Hourly Rate and Availability - Give Contractors your hourly rate to have a general idea of their budget. You can also expressly state your hourly rate when you send in a proposal. Let Contractors know when you are available to start a project as well.

Pro Tip: Add at least 3 verifiable references who are familiar with your work in the "References" section of the profile.

5. Add a portfolio - Portfolios are a fantastic way to demonstrate your work and differentiate you from other candidates. We recommend you include one in your profile.

6. Set up your Stripe - Lastly, you will need to set up your Stripe to submit your first proposal. GovFlex uses Stripe connect accounts to process customer deposits, pay freelancer invoices, and manage account memberships.

Navigate to the Setting section of your account and scroll to the bottom of the screen to find Payment Methods. You have the option to add a debit card or connect your bank account. After you have added this information, press Add, and you are all set to receive payment. Remember, you cannot submit a proposal without setting up your Stripe.

Now you are ready to begin searching for jobs! Look out for our next email on the best practices for finding the right job posting.

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