How to Write an Individual Business Proposal
Before you submit your first one-person proposal, you’ll need to practice on some business proposal samples. First, download the Individual Business Proposal Template found in our Media Gallery to get an idea on the format you should follow.
The most important elements of your proposal should include:
Cover Letter - (a great cover letter sample can be found here on Bright Hub).
Proposal Summary – This should be a brief paragraph the job, what you plan to do, and who you are.
Body of the Proposal – This goes into more detail and includes sections such as your background and experience, what methods you will use including marketing plans or other tools to show success, resources, timelines, communication plans, and pricing.
Broader Sections – Here you can offer relevant data on the project at hand and how you will get from step one to the finish line. You should also be convincing (but not over lengthy) on why you are the best person for the job along with a job portfolio.
Offering up an individual business proposal is often best received if it’s short and to the point. While it’s good to include a list of clients and a past history, most prospective clients don’t want to see, touch, and feel every job you’ve worked on, so be brief, but strong in your convictions to get the job.
Finally, when deciding which business proposal sample style is best for you, keep in mind that proposal formats should and will change depending upon the client. Use the template in our Media Gallery based on the client’s needs, not on what you’ve done in the past. Tailor the proposal to meet the client, not the other way around and with practice, you’ll find you’re gaining many jobs.
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