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How to Create an Independent Consulting Scope of Work (SOW)

   |   MBO Partners   |   August 11, 2005

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What is a Scope of Work (SOW)?

Scope of Work (SOW) is a formal document that captures and defines the tasks, activities, deliverables, and timeline an independent professional will execute for a client project. A SOW is an important tool that determines the boundaries of a client project and provides the foundation for measuring performance against project goals.

Why create an SOW for your consulting project?

Ambiguity can lead to misunderstandings that affect project success. Having a SOW in place that defines how a particular project will be accomplished through specific deliverables and objectives can help avoid miscommunication.

In addition to providing legal protections to independent professionals and their clients, a SOW can also be used as a communication tool to help a project stay on course. Use it in initial client meetings to manage expectations and craft a project plan. If there are approved changes that modify a project timeline, update the SOW throughout the course of the project.

Taking the time to capture the right information and clearly define a SOW will help you properly plan and manage your projects, leading to lasting client relationships and more future business.

Download our SOW Template today!

Never written a SOW before? Complete the form below to download a template that you can use as a guide to create your first SOW or update a current version.


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