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Overview of the Time Line Chapter

In any business project, timing is crucial. This is where the Time Line chapter in the Proposal Kit becomes particularly valuable. It helps in outlining all the important dates associated with the project. This chapter functions as a calendar for the project, providing a clear schedule of when certain events are expected to happen. These events could range from the initiation of the project to its completion, including all key milestones and deadlines in between.

How is the Time Line Chapter Used?

When used in a business proposal, the Time Line chapter is used to give potential clients or stakeholders a snapshot of the project's schedule. It sets realistic expectations by detailing when each phase of the project will begin and end, and when deliverables are due. This helps in managing the client's expectations and assists in the planning and allocation of resources. It also enhances the proposal's professionalism, showing that the project has been thoroughly planned.

What is Included in the Time Line Chapter?

The Time Line chapter typically includes a variety of important dates:

  • Project Start and End Dates: These frame the entire duration of the project.
  • Milestone Dates: Key phases of the project where specific goals must be achieved.
  • Payment Due Dates: Critical for ensuring that financial aspects of the project are clearly communicated.
  • Implementation Deadlines: Specific times by which certain parts of the project need to be operational.
  • Ship Dates: Relevant in projects involving physical goods, indicating when products will be dispatched.


Each of these elements is presented in a clear, chronological order to give a comprehensive view of the project timeline.

Use Case Examples for the Time Line Chapter

  • Construction Proposals: Outlining when ground will be broken, when key components will be completed, and when the final touches are expected to be done.
  • Event Planning Proposals: Detailing when venue bookings are due, when speakers need to be confirmed, and when promotions will start.
  • IT Project Proposals: Including when software testing phases begin and end, and when the final rollout is expected.
  • Research Project Proposals: Specifying when literature reviews, experiments, and analysis will be completed.
  • Marketing Campaign Proposals: Showing when the campaign will launch, when major ads will be released, and when evaluations will occur.


Key Takeaways

  • The Time Line chapter is important for setting clear schedules and expectations in a project proposal.
  • It covers all key dates including project start/end, milestones, payments, and specific deadlines.
  • Helps in resource planning and enhances the professionalism of the proposal.
  • Applicable in various industries from construction and event planning to IT and marketing.
  • It contributes to a structured and trustworthy presentation of the project plan to potential clients or partners.


The editable Time Line 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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Samples Using the Time Line Chapter

The Time Line 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 Time Line Chapter

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

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 Time Line template is used to list all of the relevant dates during the course of the project. Dates can include milestones, payment due dates, implementation deadlines, ship dates, timelines, etc.
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