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Overview of the Defaults Chapter

The Defaults chapter is a part of the Proposal Kit system, designed to clarify and outline the standard settings or baseline conditions of a project, product, or agreement. This chapter serves an important purpose by defining the starting point from which adjustments and customizations can be made. It provides a clear reference for the current state before any changes are applied, ensuring that all parties involved have a common understanding.

How is the Defaults Chapter Used?

In a business proposal, the Defaults chapter is used to set the stage for discussions about potential changes or developments that might be required by the client. It helps in establishing a clear and mutual understanding of the baseline or standard conditions of the subject matter, whether it's a software program, a financial agreement, or a service contract. By defining what is considered "default," businesses can more communicate what can be customized or altered.

What is Included in the Defaults Chapter?

The content of the Defaults chapter typically includes:

  • A description of the base or default settings of a software program.
  • The default state or starting condition of a piece of equipment or instrument.
  • Standard terms and conditions in a pre-negotiated contract or agreement.
  • Default situations in financial dealings, such as the handling of defaults on a loan.
  • Lists of defaulting parties and related details if applicable.


This information serves as the groundwork from which all negotiations or customizations will build, providing a clear template for discussion and adjustment.

Use Case Examples for the Defaults Chapter

  • General Information: In a business proposal for a new client, the Defaults chapter could outline the standard procedures and workflows that a company uses in project management. This helps set client expectations from the start.
  • Technical: For a software development project, this chapter would detail the default configurations of the software, which users can customize according to their needs.
  • Financial: When proposing financial services, the Defaults chapter might explain the typical terms of a loan before any special concessions or adjustments are made based on the client's credit history.
  • Legal: In legal services, the Defaults chapter could outline standard legal positions or default agreements that apply before any custom legal work begins.
  • Healthcare: In a healthcare proposal, this chapter might describe standard patient care procedures that are the default unless specified otherwise by new healthcare regulations or specific patient needs.


Key Takeaways

  • The Defaults chapter is important for establishing a common understanding of the standard or baseline conditions in a proposal.
  • It helps in setting clear expectations between the business and the client regarding what is adjustable or customizable.
  • This chapter provides a solid foundation from which all further discussions, negotiations, or customizations can be accurately developed.
  • Including a Defaults chapter in your proposal ensures that all parties are aligned on the initial terms and conditions before moving forward.
  • The nature of the Defaults chapter makes it applicable across various industries including tech, finance, legal, and healthcare.


The editable Defaults template - complete with the actual formatting, layout and graphics is available in the retail Proposal Packs.
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Related chapters may be used in conjunction with this chapter depending on your situation. Many related chapters are intended to be used together to form a more complex and integrated proposal.

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Use this template to describe to describe the base, starting, or default settings or the default state of a software program or instrument. This could also be used as a problem situation page to describe defaults on a loan and explain how that would be handled. Or it could be a page listing and describing actual default situations, including the amounts and defaulting parties.
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