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what is a scope of work

Would anyone tell a contractor to build a house and then walk away to let him do it as he pleases? Probably not. Most people would at the very least specify the how, where, when, and cost. Professional projects are no different.
‍Statement of work and scope of work, both commonly abbreviated as SOW, are often confused, interchanged terms. And, as straightforward as each sound, they’re often anything but easy to write. Make it too vague and broad and it leaves room for interpretation error; make it too convoluted with detail and it leaves room for the reader to get confused and distracted. Either case can lead to fiscal, safety, efficiency, and legal woes, especially when freelance workers are involved.
‍The SOW as a whole is a planning tool that allows project managers to develop performance-based work relationships with vendors because all aspects of performance and subsequent assessment are laid out upfront.
‍Having a written plan of action that includes all parameters of a project keeps costly time delays and legal disputes down for both sides and prevent costly Scope Creep.

‍Who Creates an SOW?
Composing an SOW usually falls on the shoulders of project management to complete.
what is a scope of work

or there may be a team that comes together and composes it. Inevitably, it all depends on the size of the project and who authorizes it. With small-scale projects, it’s usually just one person that deals with the statement of work and create it. For bigger ones, a team must come together to compose a more detailed one.

Furthermore, there are two ways to write and send off a statement of work. Firstly, it can be created on its own and sent to contractors, giving them details of your job. Or, it can be used in conjunction with a request for a proposal. Here, you send off your statement of work along with your request, and the contractor will reply with their own proposal. So, you get a bit of input from the freelance contractor as you see their proposal, but the actual statement of work and scope of work are still written by the project management team. After all, who better to create a plan of action for a project than the team that’s in charge of putting it all together?

‍It can be a daunting task due to the fact there are often so many variables and projected expectations to consider at the start, during, and after a potential project. Throw in that the language needs to be clear and concise, and the writer really must be on top of their game.
It can be a standalone process OR written in conjunction with an RFP, or request for proposal, asking the freelancer to respond with a proposal.
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