[NEW] Request For Proposal (RFP) Templates

Looking for Request For Proposal (RFP) Templates? If you want to know how to write a Request For Proposal or are looking for a simple RFP example with forms, checklists, and sample material, then download this RFP template and get started today. Ideal for construction, information technology or government RFPs. We’ve updated the very popular RFP […]

NEW: 10 Business Proposal Templates (MS Word and Excel)

Since we started the site in 1997, the business proposal templates have been the most popular by far. The User Guides come second. However, for some reason, we didn’t update them for quite a while. Not sure why as we do a lot of freelance proposal writing and should (read: will) add more proposal writing […]

How to Write the Conclusion Section of your Business Plan

This tutorial explains how to write the conclusion for a business document, for example, a report, thesis, project, or any document that needs a section to gather together the main points. The structure of the conclusion is as follows: Reviewing this conclusion, we can see that it mirrors the structure of the executive summary. This […]

[FAQs] How to Write the Executive Summary for Business Plans

In a business plan, should the executive summary go before or after the table of contents? The confusion arises as the executive summary is part of the main document – it’s a standalone document that accompanies the main document, a type of deluxe preface – and so could go before the table of content. Download […]

5-Part Business Proposal Writing Course

Looking for a tutorial on proposal writing? We’ve updated the five part course and added some new sections you may find helpful. Part 1 – are you writing a proposal that customers want to read or trying to promote yourself? You need to highlight your skills but it’s how you frame, position, and empathize with […]

Survey: What Proposal Evaluators Like and Dislike

Dan Safford‘s excellent series on proposal writing stresses that, “Proposals that get the deal aren’t written to win, they are written “not to lose.” This weeks tutorial includes a checklist that shows the top items critical to making sure your proposal does not get eliminated. He adds that, “This was based on a large survey […]

9 Business Proposals Writing Tips

Depending upon how much you enjoy writing, writing sales proposals can be a joy, purgatory, or something in between. However, if you sell a complex product or one that involves the delivery of professional services, learning how to write effective selling proposals can be critical to your success. Some proposals are written in response to an […]

How to Write Your first Request for Proposal

Developing an RFP takes patience. Responding to an RFP is an expensive and time-consuming piece of work, too. Only a comprehensive RFP will make it easy for potential vendors to draw up their proposals and save your own time in the long run. Download Now for only $19.99 [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] Crafting […]

Proposal Writing: How to Analyze the Buyer’s Mindset

In theory, responding to an RFP should be a simply task. As each RFP has a fixed set of requirements you, the bidder, should simply have to answer these in order to be considered. Download Now for only $19.99 [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] Proposal Writing: how to analyze the buyer’s mindset Let consider the […]

Free Tools for creating PDF Versions of Word files

I often get asked if there is a FREE tool for creating PDF versions of Word files. Or any MS Office files for that matter! So, here is a roundup of some of the best freeware and shareware products our there. 1. PDF Creator: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ This works like a printer in Windows. In other words, […]

4 Mistakes in the Vendor Selection Process

Matthew Gnabasik in his book “Smart Choices: Selecting and Administering A Safe 401(k) Plan” provides some good advice on common mistakes in the vendor selection process. Download Now for only $19.99 [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] The 401kHelpCenter.com site have paraphrased some of them. Not Asking Enough Tough Questions: You decide to ask for […]

[Checklist] RFP Proposal Bid / No Bid

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently on Bud Porter-Roth’s site. It’s hard to find anything better when it comes to offering practical and informative proposal writing techniques. Unlike many pretenders, when you read Bud’s material, you know that this man definitely knows what he’s talking about. http://www.erms.com/resource.htm And while I’ve read—and re-read—several of […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #5: Writing a Request For Proposal

Writing a Request for Proposal (also called an Invitation To Tender) is hard work. After you have polished the final draft and sent it out, the next step is to wait for the proposals to come back in. If you’re working on a large tender, you can sometimes expect 20,30, 50 or even hundreds of […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #4: Understanding the Tender Opening Process

Government contracting is big business. Companies invest considerable resources into their bids and depend on winning contracts to support their business. To keep the tendering process more transparent, there is now formal tender opening procedures where the tenders are officially opened. For Europe Union contracts, this process often occurs in public to ensure that all is […]

Proposal Writing Course – Lesson #3: Pre-writing Tactics

Proposal writers often write at high-speed, under intense pressure to complete the bid on time, while ensuring the all aspects of the response are in agreement with the mandatory RFP guidelines. Not an easy task! In such situations, mistakes are bound to happen. Even more significantly, such working conditions compromise the quality of the bid. […]