RFPs & Proposals

28 May 2019

MANAGING THE RFP PROCESS — BEST PRACTICES FOR WRITING PROPOSALS

Congratulations! The RFP seems like a perfect fit. Your company has decided to submit a proposal, and you’re the project lead. Whether you’re managing the process in-house or working with a team of professionals like The Writers for Hire, here are some tips to help you maneuver the process successfully. FIRST, DO YOUR HOMEWORK Read […]

12 Apr 2019

USE THE BOSS SYSTEM TO SAVE TIME AND REDUCE FRUSTRATION WHEN WRITING YOUR NEXT RFP

Writing a Request for Proposal (RFP) doesn’t have to be stressful. No really, stick with me. Some corporations and all governmental agencies issue RFPs when they are looking for a company to fill a need. For example, a city may issue an RFP when they need medical staffing companies to create and bid on emergency […]

29 Mar 2019
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THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: YOUR PROPOSAL IN TWO PAGES OR LESS

You have completed all of the requirements for your RFP, and are almost ready to submit it. But, you’re wondering if you need to include an executive summary. While not all RFPs call for an executive summary, some do —and some will even provide you a template for the summary. However, if the RFP does […]

20 Mar 2019
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THE PROPOSAL COVER LETTER – YOUR CHANCE TO BRAG A BIT

The proposal is done. You’ve addressed all the requirements of the RFP, filled in the forms, and attached appendices. Now the only thing left to do is the cover letter. Yes, it’s best to leave it to last, allowing time to reflect back on your proposal and why you are responding to the RFP. Unlike […]

11 Feb 2019
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COPYWRITER Q&A: RFP SURVIVAL, SUCCESS, AND LESSONS LEARNED WITH SHELLY SPENCER

TWFH team member Shelly Spencer has more than two decades of experience in RFP writing and has worked with up-and-coming organizations and non-profits with budgets of $30 million per year. One thing she’s learned? Although RFPs can vary greatly in terms of subject matter, industry, length, and format, the process of preparing a response is […]

19 Jan 2019
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HOW TO EASILY CRAFT AN RFP SOLICITATION TO ATTRACT THE BEST VENDORS TO YOUR BUSINESS

Oftentimes, getting the right vendors to work with your company is a critical part of your business success. But how do you attract high-quality vendors to provide you with the services and supplies you need? An RFP solicitation can be key in attracting the right suppliers to help your company achieve its goals. And whether […]

30 Jul 2018
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RFP SOFTWARE: BREAKING DOWN THE OPTIONS

Several of our RFP clients have asked us if there’s any good proposal software out there. Software that can help them make the proposal writing process a bit easier. Software that can help them keep track of deadlines, rules, forms, and updates. Software that makes it easier to manage feedback from multiple reviewers and balance […]

01 May 2018
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AUDITORY, VISUAL OR KINESTHETIC? WHY YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR WRITER YOUR LEARNING STYLE

When starting a project with a writer – be it a book brochure, website or whitepaper – it’s common to focus on the end goal.  How will it read when it’s done? Less focused on, but equally important, are the mechanics of creating the document. That is, a smooth journey from blank page to finished […]

10 Jan 2018
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NAVIGATING A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL PROCESS: PART 3 OF 3

Before your team meets, distribute the RFP to all members. Instruct them to read it from cover to cover and come to the meeting with questions. After all, you’re not the only one who should be preparing. If the proposal is extensive and/or requires many different hands, you’ll want to consider software to help you […]

11 Dec 2017
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THE ART AND SCIENCE OF RFP WRITING

We’ve written quite a few blogs about how to craft a thoughtful, well-organized response to a request for proposal (RFP). If you’ve ever been tasked with responding to an RFP, you know that proposal writing takes a staggering amount of work, and just the right balance of art (writing and communication are definitely arts) and […]