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How to write your Estimate (Short)

We include this 5 page layout with every Proposal Pack. If you want this template to have a different visual design theme than the one illustrated here, purchase any Proposal Pack design and create this template using the purchased design theme. If you get a Proposal Pack or the Professional Bundle, you can also make any variation of this template with different chapters to suit your needs.

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This is a basic set of topics for a short estimate.

You can also create countless variations of this document to suit your needs using the included library of 2200+ chapters if ordering a Proposal Pack or Pro Bundle.
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What's the best way to write your estimate?

The solution is to use Proposal Kit's template library and Wizard software program. With Proposal Kit, creating a comprehensive estimate becomes manageable and efficient, giving you the confidence to tackle any project.

Using the Proposal Kit, your estimate is part of a narrative document that pitches your product or service. The estimate is automated using a line-item quoting system.

What is Estimate Writing?

Estimates form the cornerstone of business proposals, offering a snapshot of projected costs, timelines, and deliverables. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or a novice, estimate writing can be challenging. Proposal Kit streamlines this process, providing users with a robust line item quoting database system. This system covers many financial topics, including cost summaries, quotes, estimates, budgets, etc.

Projects That Use Estimates

Estimates are indispensable across a spectrum of projects. Here are ten examples showcasing their versatility:

  • Renovation projects for residential properties
  • IT infrastructure upgrades for small businesses
  • Marketing campaign proposals for startups
  • Construction bids for commercial developments
  • Event planning services for corporate functions
  • Consulting engagements for organizational restructuring
  • Software development projects for tech firms
  • Landscaping proposals for municipal contracts
  • Educational program initiatives for non-profit organizations
  • Healthcare facility expansions for hospital chains


Are You Facing a Similar Challenge?

You're not alone if you have to draft an estimate for your project. Many professionals encounter this hurdle, figuring out where to begin or how to proceed. However, with the Proposal Kit at your disposal, the process becomes more straightforward and efficient.

Components of an Estimate

Creating a comprehensive estimate involves several vital components. While there's no one-size-fits-all template, Proposal Kit offers a starting point with its extensive library of customizable chapters. Here's how to leverage Proposal Kit's templates for different sections:

  • Select the template that best fits your needs.
  • Customize the template to align with your project's requirements.
  • Fill in the necessary details to complete your estimate.


This list of chapters is for a short estimate and can be expanded using the Proposal Kit's library of thousands of chapter pages.

Cover Letter

Setting the Stage for Success

A well-written cover letter is the gateway to your proposal, setting the tone and capturing the reader's attention. Here's how Proposal Kit can help you ace this critical component.

  • Introduction: Begin your cover letter with an opening that interests the reader. Use Proposal Kit's customizable templates to create an engaging introduction tailored to your audience and project requirements.
  • Highlight Key Points: In the body of the cover letter, concisely outline your proposal's key points. Highlight the most compelling aspects of your offer, such as unique features, benefits, or competitive advantages. With Proposal Kit's intuitive interface, you can efficiently structure your content for maximum impact.
  • Express Enthusiasm: Showcasing genuine enthusiasm for the project in the cover letter is crucial as it helps to engage the reader and convey your commitment to the project. Use language that symbolizes passion and commitment, reinforcing your dedication to delivering exceptional results. The Proposal Kit provides language suggestions and examples to help you strike the right tone and convey sincerity in your cover letter. Remember, a well-written cover letter can set the tone for the entire proposal and make a lasting impression on the reader.



The estimate section of your proposal serves as a roadmap, guiding you and your client through the project's scope, timeline, and financial implications. Here's how Proposal Kit helps you to create a comprehensive estimate with precision and clarity

  • Detailed Cost Breakdown: Use Proposal Kit's line item quoting database system to categorize costs into granular detail. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it: First, identify the main cost categories for your project. Then, break down each category into specific items or tasks. Finally, assign a cost to each item or task. Whether it's materials, labor, or other expenses, ensure transparency by providing a comprehensive breakdown of all projected costs.
  • Timelines and Milestones: Outline the project timeline, including key milestones and deliverables. Proposal Kit's timeline templates allow you to visualize and organize project milestones clearly, helping clients understand the project's timeline and milestones at a glance.
  • Transparent Deliverables: Clearly define the deliverables the client can expect throughout the project lifecycle. Use Proposal Kit's customizable templates to list deliverables in a structured format, ensuring clarity and transparency in your proposal.


About Us

The About Us section of your proposal offers an opportunity to showcase your company's identity, values, and track record. Here's how Proposal Kit helps you build trust and credibility with potential clients

  • Company History: Share your company's journey, highlighting key milestones, achievements, and milestones. Use Proposal Kit's template library to create a concise and winning narrative that resonates with your audience and underscores your company's credibility and reliability.
  • Mission and Values: Articulate your company's mission, vision, and core values to demonstrate alignment with the client's objectives and priorities. Proposal Kit's customizable templates provide guidance on articulating mission statements and core values effectively, helping you convey authenticity and integrity in your proposal.
  • Core Competencies: Showcase your company's expertise, skills, and capabilities relevant to the project. Use Proposal Kit's template library to highlight critical competencies, certifications, and qualifications that set your company apart from competitors and inspire confidence in potential clients.


Services Provided

The Services Provided section of your proposal outlines the specific solutions and services you'll be offering to address the client's needs and objectives. Here's how Proposal Kit enables you to showcase your unique value proposition and expertise

  • Customized Service Offerings: Tailor your services to meet the client's needs and requirements. Use Proposal Kit's customizable templates to outline the scope of services in a clear and structured format, emphasizing how your offerings align with the client's goals and objectives.
  • Unique Value Proposition: Highlight your company's unique value proposition and competitive advantages. Use Proposal Kit's language suggestions and examples to articulate your unique selling points effectively, whether it's innovative solutions, industry expertise, or exceptional customer service.
  • Expertise and Experience: Showcase your company's knowledge and experience in delivering successful client outcomes. Use Proposal Kit's template library to provide case studies, testimonials, and references that demonstrate your track record of excellence and instill confidence in potential clients.


Estimate Use Cases

Marie's Landscaping Services

Marie, the owner of GreenThumb Landscaping, had an opportunity to secure a municipal contract for her landscaping services. Marie needed a solution to streamline the proposal process and highlight her company's strengths and capabilities.

Leveraging Proposal Kit's user-friendly interface and extensive library of templates, Marie created a detailed estimate showcasing GreenThumb Landscaping's expertise and track record of excellence. From outlining project timelines to providing transparent cost breakdowns, the Proposal Kit allowed Marie to present a proposal that left a lasting impression on decision-makers.

Marie submitted her proposal, knowing that every aspect had been created to align with the client's needs and expectations. The result? A resounding success. Marie's comprehensive estimate, made with the Proposal Kit, impressed the municipal authorities and positioned GreenThumb Landscaping as the top contender for the contract.

Michael's Tech Solutions

A seasoned IT consultant at Tech Solutions Inc., Michael faced a familiar challenge-a tight deadline for submitting a proposal to a potential client. Michael knew he needed to act to secure the project. However, creating a comprehensive proposal within such a short timeframe seemed almost impossible.

With this dilemma, Michael turned to Proposal Kit, the go-to solution for professionals seeking to streamline the proposal writing process. With Proposal Kit's intuitive templates and advanced features, Michael set to work. Recognizing the need for efficiency and precision, he also enlisted the help of an AI writing tool to expedite the process further.

Michael worked to meet the deadline with the Proposal Kit's templates as his guide and the AI writing tool as his assistant. By leveraging the AI tool to analyze Tech Solutions Inc.'s website and create tailored content for specific chapters, Michael was able to optimize his time and resources effectively. The result? A polished, professional proposal that met and exceeded the client's expectations.

Thanks to the Proposal Kit and AI technology, Michael met the deadline and demonstrated his company's commitment to excellence and innovation.

Emily's Charity Foundation

Emily, a Hopeful Hearts Charity Foundation director, faced a challenge-drafting a Request for Proposal (RFP) for upcoming fundraising events. As a non-profit organization reliant on community support, Emily understood the importance of creating a proposal to attract prospective partners and donors.

Enter Proposal Kit, a comprehensive solution that provided Emily with the tools she needed to create a persuasive and professional proposal for Hopeful Hearts Charity Foundation. With Proposal Kit's user-friendly interface and extensive library of templates, Emily was able to streamline the proposal writing process, saving valuable time and resources. From outlining event objectives to detailing sponsorship opportunities, the Proposal Kit helped Emily create a comprehensive RFP that resonated with potential partners and donors.

With the Proposal Kit by her side, Emily distributed the RFP, knowing that every aspect had been created to capture the essence of Hopeful Hearts Charity Foundation's mission and vision. The response was overwhelming. Thanks to Proposal Kit's support, Emily attracted a diverse range of partners and donors, each eager to contribute to the success of the fundraising events.


Creating an estimate can be a manageable task. With Proposal Kit's template library and line-item database software program, users can streamline the process and create winning proposals tailored to their needs.

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Chapter Templates Used in the Estimate (Short)

Cover Letter, Title Page, Estimate, About Us, Services Provided

You use this proposal for

  • General business proposal
  • Non-technical proposal
  • Service sales proposal
  • Sales letter
  • Letter proposal
  • Short contract, quote or bid proposal

How to create the Estimate (Short) with Proposal Pack Wizard

You can create this document using any of the logo-designed Proposal Packs. Pick any Proposal Pack with a logo design theme you like best; they will all work equally well. The Proposal Pack for Any Business is the pack with no extra added logos or colors - designed to be used plain or for you to customize with your logos and graphics.

The Proposal Pack design theme you purchase will determine the visual look of this template. The screenshot above only shows the plain generic design theme. Names and stories in examples are fictional; however, the templates are from real client use cases.

We include a library of chapters to be assembled based on your needs. All proposals are different and have different needs and goals. We designed Proposal Pack so you can customize the documents to suit your needs.

You will best create this document using the Proposal Pack Wizard - Expert Edition software to select this template and build it in the Proposal Pack logo design theme of your choice along with any desired customizations (such as adding additional chapters, removing unneeded chapters, changing the order of chapters, and importing your company logo). This template outlines a proposal for the described situation. Each user is responsible for typing in the actual content of the provided pages with their information to complete the proposal.

You create this template using the Wizard software with an entire Proposal Pack library and software. We include the Expert Edition of the software in the Proposal Kit Professional bundle. Microsoft Word for Windows is required to use the customizing software. You can also edit Word document templates in other office software such as Word for Mac. We will assist Mac users in assembling complex templates for their first project if they do not have the required platform to run the Wizard software.

You only get the single assembled Word document if purchased as a stand-alone template. The individual template products - Estimate (Short) - include no other templates, samples, or software.

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Many people find the Proposal Kit website after searching for a specific proposal. Once you've purchased and installed the software, how do you build that template you found in the first place? This video shows you how to build any proposal you see on the Proposal Kit website.

Key Takeaways

  • The Estimate (Short) is available as a ready-to-edit template.
  • You can create unlimited custom variations of this template using a Proposal Pack or the Professional Bundle.
  • Using a Proposal Pack or Professional Bundle, you can automate quotes and other financial pages with a line-item database.
  • There are no ongoing subscription fees. You get lifetime unlimited use.
  • We made Proposal Kit for freelancers, small businesses, and non-profits.
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