Friday 5: writing winning proposals

Here’s this week’s Friday Five, a hand-selected top 5 list. This week, learn 5 ways to start writing winning proposals.* Chris notes:

Provide references: Buyers may not take the time to contact your references, but providing them up front speaks leaps and bounds about how you believe in and back up your work.

Make sure you have permission before you start handing out names. A surprised or angry reference won’t make much of a reference. And rotate your contacts. If your references get tired of fielding calls, they’ll be less enthusiastic and may ask to be removed from your list. It’s better to change things up. Besides, you probably need to handpick a list of references for every proposal.

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Laura says:

Great tips! It IS important to verify references before including them on a proposal or resume.