3 Tips for Writing a Quality RFP
JULY 3, 2012:
Marcy Slagerman, Production Manager
So, your boss wants to you write a Request for Proposal (RFP) but you don't know where to start? Don't be overwhelmed, RFPs are easier than they seem. Although time consuming, the benefits that you and your organization gain from writing a quality RFP are worthwhile. Here are 3 tips to help you get started:
Convert your project notes into a formal description by making a bulleted list. Try to avoid industry-specific jargon and unnecessary adjectives. This will allow you to clearly outline your project to potential partners.
After entering the basic elements of your RFP, have several individuals who will be participating in the project review it. The goal of this revision process is to ensure that each stakeholder has the opportunity to clarify his or her portion of the project and that everyone has a solid understanding of the overall requirements.
It is important to remember there is no standardized format for an RPF. Yours should be tailored to your needs and structured in a manner that best conveys all aspects of your project to potential partners (and internal stakeholders).
For more helpful suggestions, download our How to Write a Request for Proposal Tip Sheet.