My First Proposal

Matthew Woodall
4 min readAug 30, 2019

After more than a year of working at it, I was finally able to send out my first real proposal this week!

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So, I first began working as a “consultant” over a year ago, when I was asked to work on a short-notice project by a friend. The turnaround time was only a week or two, so it meant lots of work in a short amount of time, but we did it.

I was hooked right from the get go.

To be able to take my experience and to help share that with others while I learned about something new at the same time? I was in my happy place!

But, as any consultant can tell you, working as a consultant means you are hustling 24/7, always looking for the next job. The next one didn’t come for a few months, but it did eventually come. Through the same friend, but I learn so much from working with this guy that I don’t mind.

This time though, instead of being an anonymous contributor in the background, he connected me directly with the firm who held the contract and they hired me on as a subcontractor directly. Again, this was a fantastic experience and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Even better, the firm loved my work, and I’m still in contact with them on a regular basis for more work.

Now, the opportunity has arisen for me to bid directly on a contract…and I’m scared out of my pants.

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My wife and I have long dreamed about having a cozy little cabin out in the woods with everything we need. In the summer our property would be filled with gardens, while in the winter we could curl up in front of the fire or in the hot tub. This is a further reach for us than for many people. We’ve had financial problems in the not-so-distant past. I’ve still got a discharged bankruptcy on my record because I couldn’t handle money when I was in my twenties.

Anybody with bruised credit can attest to the fact that everything is just a bit harder when you don’t have great credit.

I’m not complaining, it’s my own fault. It’s just part of our story, and part of the reason our cabin is a little further…