Before starting a new project, independent professionals are often asked to prepare a Scope of Work (SOW) document that outlines the terms of their project and details items like payment terms, roles and responsiblities, and a timeline for work. This is a straightforward document, but if you’re compiling one for the first time, the structure and content of a SOW can be intimidating.
This MBO Partners' guide provides step-by-step guidance in creating a SOW. We'll discuss everything from the basic definition of a SOW (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 through the process of creating a SOW for a project of any size and discuss solutions to common issues. You'll learn valuable business writing tips and strategies to polish your document, and take away a useful checklist and template to help you get started.
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