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Quick and Dirty Guide to Writing a  Last Minute Proposal
Quick and Dirty Guide to Writing a Last Minute Proposal

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 For those who just want to get it done and meet your deadline... 

I guess it's human nature, but we get requests from people who are incredibly stressed out because they are trying to prepare a proposal at the last possible minute.  They'd rather copy a sample than take the time to learn best practices. 

The best practices always include "start early."  It's like trying to get students to start a project long before it's due.  The most successful people do start early, but there are always some who don't. In the past we've felt bad because there has been very little we could do to help people at the last minute. 

We wrote The Quick and Dirty Guide to Writing a Winning Proposal to provide some guidance to people who just need to get their proposal done quickly.  We don't recommend it for people who are willing to invest the time it takes to win, but we highly recommend it for those who are out of time and have nowhere else to turn for help.  It was written for people who are trying to complete a proposal against a tight deadline, with little or no advance preparation, who may not know their customer's preferences and will not have an opportunity to find out.

It starts with short description of 8 different types of proposals, from letter proposals to RFP-based proposals. It provides a sample outline and lists 25 topics typically covered in a proposal.  It provides simple, practical suggestions for how to approach proposal writing.  It provides recommendations for formating, producing, and packaging your proposal.  We include a free copy of our favorite proposal format from our Proposal Formatting Guide.

Our other documents teach you the best practices that ensure a winning proposal, starting with getting to know your customer and then customizing everything in your proposal around your win strategies.  This document is a little different.  It's straight and to the point.  Instead of explaining everything in detail, it makes quick recommendations.  We don't recommend it for people who are willing to invest the time it takes to win, but we highly recommend it for those who are out of time and have nowhere else to turn for help.

Here are some other documents we publish that can help:


Our tutorials are packed with valuable tips, tricks, and lessons learned from years of proposal writing experience. They will help you accomplish specific tasks necessary to win new business and average 20-30 pages in length. The information is available for download immediately after purchasing.  No shipping required!  Hardcopies can also be ordered.

Will your tutorials meet the needs of my business? They will help you figure out how to write the proposal that is right for you and your audience.

What type of proposals are they for? Our tutorials address business proposals that are based on written RFPs as well as those that are not. They are relevant to both the Government and commercial market places.

Will it make writing my proposal easier? Absolutely. Once you know which questions to ask, you have a better shot at finding the answers. Our tutorials will help you deliver a proposal that meets your customers expectations.

Order today and get a FREE copy of 51 Tips for Microsoft Word, with plenty of tips for quickly producing great looking documents. 

If it saves you a half-hour of your time it will have paid for itself. And if it helps you win, it's worth far more!


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Purchasing Details


  • Purchases may be made online using a credit card, with immediate access upon payment.
  • Please purchase 1 copy for each person who will need a copy, just like you would a book.
  • Each tutorial must be downloaded and is in an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (300-400kb).
  • If you decide to upgrade your purchase to a membership within 30 days of purchasing a tutorial, you will receive FULL CREDIT.

How will you benefit from our tutorials?


  • Save money! If they save you a single hour of time they have delivered a positive return on your investment.
  • Make money! If you learn one thing from our tutorials that helps you deliver better proposals, you could win new business worth far more than the cost of the tutorial.
  • Our workbooks and tutorials will even make you better looking! While that's not really true, you will look like you're taking your job seriously if you are trying to study up on it. And you can look like an expert by referring other people to our site to improve their business development skills.
  • Get help now! It only takes a few minutes to order and download your copy.

The bottom line... Our tutorials will save you time and increase your chances of winning. How much is a better proposal worth to your business? Most people writing their first proposal can't afford to spend over $100/hr on a consultant. For a small fraction of that you can get the equivalent of several hours worth of consulting expertise. 


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