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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:05 am    Post subject: Job Proposals Reply with quote

For the first time ever, I've been asked to submit a proposal for a job. The request comes from a healthcare client I've worked with about a dozen times before, so they're apparently handling things differently now.

How detailed should such a proposal be? I don't want to submit too much or not enough.

<edit> Also, should a proposal be submitted as an attached file (Word, PDF, etc.) or simply included in the text of an email?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

keep it simple.

what - am i going to deliver?
where - is the project licensed to be used & for how long?
when - am i going to deliver
how much - is it going to cost?

in my experience, the client will tell you if you ask. if THEY don't know - see above.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that there has been a massive muddying of the difference between an RFQ (request for quotation) and RFP (request for proposal). The differences used to be clearly defined... and when I was corporate I issued both to vendors. I really think that they want a complete and detailed quotation (as Todd outlines above).

A quotation serves when the client has a clear scope of work and defined deliverables. In most cases, the client will already know the script details, the required schedule, and the technical quality requirements. What they need is a detailed quote for the delivery of their defined scope of work.

On the other hand, a proposal request would be when the client simply states their objectives and invites submissions which address that need. For example, "We have a library of training materials that are primarily text-based accompaniments to Powerpoint slide-shows. We need to change the system from slide show with text, to slide-show with audio." The request should contain enough supplementary information for you to propose a complete solution.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since this is a client you've worked with before, your contact person knows this is a new wrinkle, so I think it is reasonable for you to ask him or her what information they want you to include.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, guys.

As this client and I have previously worked together, I also took the opportunity to include my revision and payment policies, which I'd not sent to them before.
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