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We include this Statement of Work chapter template in every Proposal Pack, along with thousands more. You assemble this chapter with others in various combinations to create custom-tailored business proposals, plans, reports, and other documents. Proposal Packs apply custom visual designs to the templates, giving the final documents a consistent professional finish.


Overview of the Statement of Work Chapter

The Statement of Work (SOW) chapter is a vital part of a comprehensive business proposal. This chapter is used to concisely outline the tasks and responsibilities that will be undertaken in a project. As an optional but highly recommended part of a proposal, the Statement of Work provides clarity and scope to the proposed activities. It can be particularly useful for summarizing extensive proposals, making them easier to understand and evaluate.

How is the Statement of Work Chapter Used?

Considering the situation of business proposals, the Statement of Work chapter serves as a clear and organized summary of what the project will entail. This includes the specific tasks to be completed, the objectives of the project, and the responsibilities of each party involved. When responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP), the Statement of Work may be directly provided within the RFP documentation. It is crucial to adhere strictly to the RFP instructions, including only the requested details in the Statement of Work.

What is Included in the Statement of Work Chapter?

Typically, the Statement of Work chapter includes several key elements:

  • Project Objectives: Clearly defined goals and outcomes expected from the project.
  • Scope of Work: Detailed description of the services or tasks that will be performed.
  • Task Assignments: Specification of who will perform specific tasks.
  • Timeline: An estimated schedule for when tasks are expected to be completed.
  • Deliverables: Description of tangible or intangible outputs from the project.
  • Standards of Performance: Criteria for evaluating the success of the project.


Use Case Examples for the Statement of Work Chapter

The Statement of Work chapter can be employed in various types of proposals, such as:

  • Service Sales: Outlining what services will be provided, when, and by whom.
  • Projects: Detailing project phases, tasks, and responsibilities.
  • Short Quotes: Summarizing the scope and deliverables of smaller projects.
  • Bids: Defining the scope and tasks in a competitive bidding process.
  • Contracts: Specifying the work to be done under a contractual agreement.
  • Agreements: Clarifying terms and conditions related to the scope of work.
  • Goals and Objectives: Establishing clear goals and objectives for team projects or collaborations.


Key Takeaways

  • The Statement of Work is important for providing a detailed outline of the project scope, tasks, and responsibilities.
  • It is particularly useful in summarizing extensive proposals and ensuring clarity and understanding.
  • When responding to an RFP, the Statement of Work should align precisely with the instructions and requirements provided.
  • The Statement of Work can be adapted for a wide range of proposal types, from service contracts to project bids.
  • Ensuring a well-structured and detailed Statement of Work can significantly enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of a business proposal.


The editable Statement of Work template - complete with the actual formatting, layout and graphics is available in the retail Proposal Packs.
Illustration of Proposal Pack Tech #9

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Alternate chapters are those which may be used instead of this chapter depending on your situation. Alternate chapters may be better suited for different size projects, more specialized projects, or variations on rights.

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Samples Using the Statement of Work Chapter

The Statement of Work template is illustrated in actual use in the following Sample Proposals. Samples are also included in each Proposal Pack and illustate many of the industries and situations this template can be used for:

Document Layouts Using the Statement of Work Chapter

This template is used in the following template layouts.
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The Statement of Work chapter and other chapters are integrated into a Word document as illustrated here in the Proposal Pack Telecom #4 design theme. There are hundreds of design themes available, and every design theme includes the Statement of Work chapter template.

A proper business proposal will include multiple chapters. This chapter is just one of many you can build into your proposal. We include the complete fill-in-the-blank template in our Proposal Pack template collections. We also include a library of sample proposals illustrating how companies in different industries, both large and small, have written proposals using our Proposal Packs. This template will show you how to write the Statement of Work.

We include a chapter library for you to build from based on your needs. All proposals are different and have different needs and goals. Pick the chapters from our collection and organize them as needed for your proposal.

Using the Proposal Pack template library, you can create any business proposal, report, study, plan, or document.

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The Statement of Work or SOW in this framework is used to provide a brief summary tasks to be completed. This template is optional and may be helpful to summarize a long proposal to follow. If you are responding to an RFP, a Statement of Work may be provided as part of the RFP. If you are responding back to an RFP, only include exactly what is requested in the RFP instructions.
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