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The Business Proposal Checklist
If you are in the midst of creating a project or have a project that's ready to be submitted for review, you might find yourself in a bit of tight spot trying to remember everything about the project. It's a pretty difficult thing to do and almost impossible to do unprepared so ready yourself with everything you have in order to provide a well-rounded and complete proposal by using the Project Proposal Checklist below.
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Section 1: How is Your Idea Good or Better?
- Do you have the support of your colleagues and administrators?
- Does it fit to the goals and ideals of your organization or business?
- Is your idea unique or innovative?
- How is it different or better than similar ideas?
- Who will benefit from your project?
- Are there any alternative ways the project can be carried out? Why is your proposal the better choice?
- Have you put any forethought into the end results of your project? How will you handle them?
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Section 2: What Resources Will Your Project Need?
- Do you have the necessary abilities to make your project successful?
- Can you recognize and obtain the specialists to carry out elements you cannot?
- Can the project be handled solely by your business or will you need outside help?
- Who will provide the funds to complete the project?
- Are there any organizations that are interested in the project's ideals, goals, location?
- Who else might be interested in your project?
- What data do you have on potential sponsors and/or what data can you get?
- What sort of funds, results, or other means of payment are you willing and able to give in return for sponsorship?
- Do you have the time scheduled to write and review your project's proposal?
- Do you have the time scheduled to dedicate to the project?
- Do you have the facilities to house your project?
- Is there anything unique or special to the environment your project requires?
- Have you outlined the roles and responsibilities of those involved with the project?
- Do you have contingency plan should a key member of project be made unavailable?
- Are all the necessary roles filled?
- Does your proposal's budget anticipate every cost and its sources for funding?
- Does the budget show all the costs your sponsor will be charged, including sources to why it will cost as much as it does?
- Can you justify unusual costs?
- Does the budget show that you are aware of your sponsor's limits?
- Does your proposal display financial efficiency of the project?
- Are you expecting negotiation? Are you prepared to either negotiate yourself or find an organization that can assist?
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Section 3: Review Your Proposal
- Is your proposal formatted to the guidelines of your sponsor?
- Have you met the sponsor's deadlines?
- Have you identified any key subjects the sponsor requires for your proposal?
- Have you re-read the above mentioned guidelines and deadlines for complete clarity?
- Have you collected all the data you need, cited the appropriate sources, etc.?
- Do you have or know anyone that will assist in putting your proposal together?
- Have you arranged for graphics and mechanical support for your proposal?
- Have you had a peer or peers review your proposal critically?
- Is your proposal short and easy to follow? Does it logically progress?
- Is the proposal readable by someone who is not a specialist?
- Do the key elements (titles, graphics, etc.) stand out?
- Is there a table of contents that organized the project accurately?
- Are you using original graphics and images?
- Are all attachments accurately cited and provided in your proposal?
- Is your project proofread and assembled correctly?
- Are you missing any required forms?
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Section 4: Why Should The Project Be Done? What Are The Goals of the Project?
- Do you show complete understanding of what your project aims to correct or improve?
- Do you state the focus of your project? Do you state what you aren't addressing?
- How much attention does the issue currently require? Do you have any references to back this up?
- Who needs what your project will produce and how urgently do they need it?
- Does the project have strong foundations in either or both theory and concept?
- Can you actually solve the problem?
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Section 5: Post Submission Checklist
- Do you have enough copies of your proposal for your sponsors to review?
- Do you know the sponsor's review schedule?
- If your proposal is not accepted what can you do to improve your proposal?
- If your proposal is accepted,what do you need to do to get started?
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