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Proposals for Professional Services Businesses

Marketing professional services and writing professional services proposals is very different from product marketing. A professional services proposal usually includes a staffing plan and the resumes of the staff who will be doing the work. Instead of specific line items to include, describe, and price, you often have to develop an approach, describe it, estimate the level of effort to execute it, and then price the labor to do it. This presents a professional services proposal with a different set of challenges than those faced by other businesses.

Hints on Preparing Responsive Resumes Resumes used in proposals are a different animal from a personal resume. Here are answers to critical resume preparation questions: How long should it take, who should write the resume, how to address the requirements, what format should you use, when should you genuflect or weasle word, and more, from an author who has prepared more than 20,000 resumes in his career.

Questions to answer in your Management Plan Sixty-three questions to answer in your Management Plan

Questions to answer in your Staffing Plan Twenty-two questions to answer in your Staffing Plan

Recruiting and Selling Key Personnel in Service-Contract Proposals Recruiting and selling key personnel are critical factors in preparing winning proposals. Despite its importance, it is easy for even experienced proposal managers to let key personnel efforts get overshadowed by other issues.

Topics to Address When Writing a Transition Plan Here is a list of topics and issues to consider when writing a Transition Plan for a proposal.

Strategies for Writing a Winning Transition Plan If everyone is providing the same service, then your Transition Plan can determine whether you win or lose.

To win, you must offer a Program Manager with customer recognition Find out why the program manager must be part of the proposal team and how to overcome the usual objections

Using Resumes in Proposals Sometimes the customer wants to know who is going to do the work. But when a resume is part of a proposal, it must serve the same purpose as the proposal.

Writing killer proposals for software services Here are the secrets that Gunjan Karun, a web site developer in Indore, India, uses to win his proposals.

What Should Your Service Fee Be? You must decide for yourself whether you will charge for your services or not. Should you decide to charge, the next question is "what should my fee be?"

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