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A business proposal is a request by a business or individual to complete a specific job or project, to supply a service: or in some instances to be the vendor of a certain product. It is not a business plan. While you might use your business plan to help inform your business proposal when you are writing it, these documents are not one and the same. In its simplest form, a business plan is a guide for your business, a roadmap that outlines goals and details how you plan to achieve those goals. It is used to keep you on track (internal use) and to support any applications you might make when seeking investors, or when applying for commercial loans (external use). A business proposal on the other hand is used to try to attract and acquire business. It pitches your business, product, or service to a potential client, vendor, or supplier. A client, vendor, or supplier might also request a business proposal from you when trying to evaluate whether or not you are someone they want to work with, or whether or not you can provide the services or products they require. Write a good proposal and you might snag business: write a poor one, and you may lose out, even if you are offering the best service out there.
Every project manager and team member knows there are a slew of forms used throughout the life cycle of a project-that is, if the project is managed right. From the beginning scope statement to the final closing documents, forms are a big part of effective project management. They act as a method to keep everyone involved, literally, on the same page. At BrightHub, our project management writers have been working diligently to provide you, our readers, with standard form templates that you can download and customize to your own individual projects. One of our most popular articles is Eric Stallsworths How to Write a Scope Statement. Beyond giving the reader a link to a downloadable free scope statement project management form, Eric talks in detail about the importance of an effective scope statement, the sections of a scope statement and gives you some great hints for minimizing scope creep. Writer Natasha Baker continues the theme of getting a project charter with her Project Charter Example for Every Project Manager article. Like Eric, Natasha offers up a link to a related, free project management template that you can download for your own personal use. Once you have a defined scope statement and or project charter, agreed upon by project stakeholders and team members, alike, you are ready to begin building your WBS. And, while that often seems like a simple task on the surface, building a successful work breakdown structure is an art form. Ann Gordon has penned a great three-part series aptly titled, What is a Work Breakdown Structure?. Throughout this article, Ann offers of a plethora of examples and how-to tips for building your own WBS. After you have built your WBS, what do you do with it? The answer for many project managers often points to tracking your WBS using a Gantt Chart. Toward that end, we have a couple of targeted articles. In Michele McDonoughs article, How to Make a Gantt Chart in Excel, the author details the steps involved in creating a Gantt Chart using Microsoft Excel.
Back in the days before e-commerce, every job was billed using paper invoices, everyone was paid with paper checks, and all those paper records were delivered in person or sent in the mail. Back then it was easy to put together the information needed for an invoice. For the self-employed freelancer in the 21st century, things are no longer that simple and it affects what you put on your personalized invoices. You may still be mailing paper invoices or you may be doing all your billing and payments over the internet, either using a website that accepts charge cards or an online payment system that uses email like PayPal. As a freelancer, this affects the part of your invoice that lists how you want to get paid. You may even offer your client a variety of payment options, and all of those should be mentioned on your invoice
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