Before starting a new project, Independent Workers are often asked to prepare a Scope of Work document that outlines the terms of their projects and details items like payment terms with a client. This is a straightforward document, but if you’re compiling one for the first time, the structure and importance of a Scope of Work, or SOW for short, can be intimidating.
This MBO Partners guide will offer you step by step help to creating a document that outlines the basic details of your project with a client, as well as highlights key terms, such as payments, revisions, and key deadlines.
We'll discuss everything from the basic definition of a Scope of Work (and how it differs from a broader Statement of Work) as well as the reasons why you need such a document. We'll also walk step by step through the process of creating a Scope of Work for a project of any size, and discuss the solutions to common issues. You'll also learn some valuable business writing tips and strategies to polish your document, view sample Scope of Work documents, and take away a useful checklist and template to help you get started.
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