How to Write a One-Page Proposal

Updated February 21, 2017


Step 1

Write your proposal using a memo format. Address it to the person making the decision and copy your boss and all other management between you and the deciding person. Include your name in the “From” field and type “Project Name Proposal” in the title, inserting your specific project name in place of “Project Name.”

Step 2

Lead off the memo with an executive summary explaining the purpose of the project in two to three sentences. Explain what it does and what it will accomplish for the company.

Step 3

Start a new paragraph that explains in two to three sentences how the project is unique and why it is necessary. Skip a line, indent and include the following information in a bulleted format:

Cost: (How much the project will cost to complete) Time: (How long the project will take to complete) Who: (Who will be working on the project and who will be directly impacted by it once it’s completed) ROI: Enumerate the expected Return on Investment for your project. Include anticipated revenue or money saved through expense reduction caused by the project. Equipment: list any equipment needed to complete the project

Step 4

Review your proposal for grammar and spelling mistakes and correct any errors. Present your proposal to your boss in person. Request a face-to-face meeting with the executive or manager making the decision about your proposal. E-mail the proposal to the decision maker one day before the meeting and bring a copy with you as you make a case verbally before the decision maker.

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Things Needed

  • Budget
  • Cost
  • Project timeline
  • Projected ROI (Return on Investment)

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