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Sneha J

May 10, 2021

Critical Elements to Include in a Timeline Section of Business Proposal

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Timeline Section for Business Proposal

Every business proposal and I mean every business proposal requires a realistic timeline that responds to the most crucial question- “How long does it take to get the results?“ 

Today in this article, we’ll discuss how you can break down the timeline section of business proposal to set the ultimate realistic timeline.

Join along!!!

Capture the key pieces of information

The size and structure of a business proposal’s timeline completely depend on the scope of the project. A timeline table can be highly detailed with hundreds of tasks and subtasks or a very simple listing of only deliverables and milestones.

But no matter how it is built, the following key prices of information needs to be captured by a business proposal timeline,

  • List of activities to perform
  • The dates on which the activities should be completed (start and end time)
  • Expected duration required for each task

A detailed breakdown of your timeline will give your prospect more confidence that your company can make their project successful.

Represent the work month by month

Writing a timeline section needs proper planning and execution.

This frustrates the prospects several times as they don’t quite understand why it takes time for such a simple approach to achieve results. And this happens all because of the poor representation of all the activities in the timeline.

This is why make sure to break down the work that you typically do for every campaign and represent all the activities “month by month”.

Key Points to Remember When Proposing a Detailed Schedule

Now that we have a better understanding of what really goes into a realistic timeline section, now let’s discuss a few tactics that’ll help you make this section even more effective.

1. Organize the key milestones

To determine how to write the timeline section for a business proposal template, it’s crucial to identify your key milestones. After you identify and schedule the major milestones, you can then begin to factor in the smaller targets you need to hit.

2. Determine the time required to complete each activity

You need to take advantage of your industry experience and calculate the approximate estimations for each of the tasks in your campaign. To estimate time effectively, follow this process,

  • Understand what’s required to be done
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Know who will do it, who you need to involve
  • Use your estimates/experiences from the past

3. Follow the right structure

Because the timeline section has many interrelated elements and complex schedules, it’s important to present it in a way that it is easy to read and follow. So put everything together in a way that it looks logical, accessible, and adaptable.

That’s about it!!!

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