Where to Find the Best Website RFPs in 2019 (Updated)
By Rob Williams
“There are many good organizations that have to go through an RFP process to hire anyone. And those are good jobs to go after. People who tell you they don’t go after RFPs and people who tell you they don’t have meetings are both lying to you.” – Mike Monteiro, Design is a Job
Last year we found over 100 high-quality website RFPs for subscribers our job search service on various websites all over the internet.
Here are a few of the latest we’ve sent members:
Recent Website Design RFPs
What Do the Best Website RFPs Look Like?
The type of Request for Proposal we’re talking about is:
- By a legit company
- Looking for a new website (usually design and development)
- Has a great budget (typically around $30,000 or more)
That’s what we send our members. And surprisingly, we’re able to find almost all of them using just a few sites, which we’ve outlined below.
Disclaimer: some agencies hate RFPs because they’re time consuming and (admittedly) not the funnest way ever to win work – but I agree with Mike Monteiro who mentions RFPs specifically in his book Design is a Job as particularly great source for new work:
There are many good organizations that have to go through an RFP process to hire anyone. And those are good jobs to go after. People who tell you they don’t go after RFPs and people who tell you they don’t have meetings are both lying to you. – Mike Monteiro
Where We Find Great Website RFPs
The following list is my current top 5 websites for finding great web design projects. You can actually skip this entire process and just have me hand deliver them to you by signing up for my newsletter here. Without further ado let’s look at the sites, in order:
A ton of organizations and companies have also taken to Facebook for promoting their RFPs. Like Linkedin, you’ll have to sort through a lot of content marketing and irrelevant spam – but it’s usually good for 2-3 RFPs per week.
Unfortunately I rank them last because of their clunky UI. You’re going to want to limit your search to content posted in the last month, but to do it’s a little difficult to setup.
The major bug that will slow you down most during this process is having to choose this filter every time you alter your search because Facebook doesn’t save the preference.
4. The RFPDB
The RFPDB is a great resource and co-op where agencies share RFPs with one another. There’s even a web development section that I’ve found is good for 1-2 great RFPs each month or so.
On RFPDB you purchase credits to exchange for RFPs. Ultimately this comes out to about 5 RFPs for $10. Insider tip: I’ve found I usually have to go through about 3 RFPs before I find a good one on there – so budget accordingly.
Linkedin Price: Free We use Linkedin to find RFPs and other jobs for our customers. Typically, we'll use their search to find companies announcing jobs and other opportunities by hand. It can result in some solid RFPs each week!
Linkedin is a bit of a new-comer to the game. I actually would have ranked them higher if it wasn’t for the amount of content marketing you have to sift to find the quality RFPs.
On the bright-side Linkedin has a huge advantage because you can often connect with – and message – the proposal writer / decision-maker directly on the platform.
My biggest recommendation is to use the keywords: “rfp”, “looking for”, “seeking”, and “email”. This will help eliminate a lot of the “how to write an RFP” marketing that is common on seemingly every platform.
Because of the vast number of sites indexed each day, you can find dozens of companies and organizations RFPs directly on Google. The trick, however, is to set your search up for success in a few ways:
- Limit your search to just pages posted in the last month.
- Use the keyword: “type:pdf” to only show PDFs.
- Use the keyword: “RFP” or “Request for Proposals”
- Use the keyword: “website design”
So Folyo is this website. We feature every RFP we find in one place. Plus a decent number of exclusive website design RFPs found no where else. The reason it’s a better option for most consultancies is that you don’t have to monitor multiple websites and have to pay per RFP.
Instead, the price is a flat $79/month. You save countless hours and get 100s of other opportunities as well (Folyo also features job board monitoring).
It takes 1-2 hours a week to find hundreds of Web Design RFPs each year
Altogether these 5 sites generate 100+ high-quality website design RFPs last year.
Once you have a systematized process for responding to these RFPs, they can be almost a guaranteed way to add six-figures + to your bottom line.
As mentioned above, since finding RFPs takes 1-2 hours per week, I offer to curate and send you all RFPs as part of your membership to Folyo. That way, you can spend your time writing effective proposals.
About Rob Williams...
I run Folyo which helps freelance designers find the work they were meant to do. I also host Freelance a podcast about how to be more effective at independent work featuring remote companies like Disney, Basecamp, YNAB, ConvertKit and more.