What to include in a request for proposal.
Learn how to write an incisive, comprehensive request for proposal to help you find the right partner for your next project.
You’re probably already familiar with how to write a proposal to win a new client. What do you do when you’re the one who needs to hire a business or contractor for your next project? The answer is to first draft a request for proposal (or RFP) to start drawing in the bids.
Elements of a great request for proposal.
When writing an RFP, you’ll need to include various types of important information about the specific needs of your company’s project. Your RFP should serve as an outline for potential contractors to review — it should give them a good idea of the project’s scope so that they can bid accurately.
Here are the key elements you should include in your RFP:
- An introduction to your company and background information on the project
- The project goals and scope of services needed
- A deadline for receiving bids
- A timeline for when you expect to select a winning proposal
- What specific elements you would like included in the proposal
- Any specific challenges you’d like the contractors to solve
- Your estimated budget range for the project
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