Anybody heard of the word proposal used when referring to an estimate?

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Yes. I frequently have clients ask for proposals when what they really want is an estimate. Not that strange.


Yes, though it often is a less serious request than if they were to ask for an "estimate" or an SOW. A lot of clients that like to window-shop in my experience use the word proposal...


Yup. Usually a proposal means including an estimate but also a rough timeline and approach/list of deliverables. It’s basically the interim step before getting to an SOW to make sure you guys are on the same page.


It's not popular but some old fashioned clients still use to mean estimate - it can be used for a single job/project or an entire program/initiative of tactics

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