Our Favorite Proposal Templates

A business proposal is an essential tool for you as a small business owner, solopreneur or freelancer. You need your business proposals to reflect your brand and your professionalism. The right pitch can close that next sale and launch a new business. Therefore, you need flexibility and ease of use to tailor your proposals. The ability to put high quality, customized proposal documents in front of prospective customers is paramount to your success.

This is where the right proposal template comes in. For a small business, what constitutes a quality proposal template? First of all, there must be a wow factor. What is the point of a proposal if it doesn't seize the audience right away?

Second, a template must be flexible. Are there multiple design formats, such as Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word that match your existing tools and skills? Is there a variety of page types that meet your proposal needs? Can the template be customized to be compatible with your business' logos and colors?

Third, the cost is a factor. There's not only the price of the template but the hidden costs of setup time or vendors that don't deliver what they promise.

Finally, after sale help and support from the vendor can be the difference in a successful proposal creation or not.


How We Chose Our Favorites


  • Visual impression. The template had to grab our attention.
  • Flexibility. The templates had to offer multiple paper sizes, Multiple formats, such as MS-Word, InDesign or Photoshop, and customization of colors. Multiple cover choices are not necessary but are a nice bonus.
  • Finally, there is bang for the buck. How many pages were included? Were the fonts free? What kind of extra “stuff” was included?


Our Favorite Proposal Templates

Now, let’s get into the templates.


proposal template - Divided Proposal Template overview

Visual: A unique, eye-catching design, the Divided Proposal contains 24 printed pages and color editing through the swatch palette. The Divided Proposal has many customizable features, such as cover and color options. The font is free, but you must supply your photos.

Key Features:

  • 24 printed pages
  • 2 sizes: A4 & US letter
  • Change to your brand color
  • 4 Cover Options
  • Compatible with Adobe Indesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5 & CS6
  • Images, text, and background on separate layers
  • Uses free fonts
  • Help File

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Clean, modern and well presented
  • Great template! Just purchased. 

Cons

  • That’s a pity there is no real user guide to modify easily the Template, or just a simple explanation.

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proposal template - Elite Proposal Design

Visual: Minimal and clean. This professional project proposal template for creative businesses offers Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Apple Pages. One master page has been included to aid in layout consistency between pages.

Key Features:

  • 28 Pages
  • A4 page size and US Letter Page size
  • CMYK @ 300 DPI – Print-ready
  • Adobe InDesign for CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC (.inx, .idml, .indd)
  • Adobe Photoshop for CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC (.psd)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Apple Pages (.pages)
  • Customize any color

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Great work
  • Love this proposal! 

Cons

  • Would be useful if set to English as had to change this in many places before I could spell check correctly

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proposal template-  Business Proposal Template with Resume and Invoice

Visual: Clean and uncluttered. This template is a huge bang for your buck with over 60 pages plus resume and invoice templates. Easily editable and with seven cover choices, you will find a cover that is right for your business. The template comes highly rated with over 150 reviews.

Key Features:

  • 60 pages
  • Free fonts
  • Master pages
  • Layers
  • Character and paragraph styles
  • Based on real proposals

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Great content!
  • Outstanding work! It was even more than I hoped for.

Cons

  • Its hard to figure out how to edit the disclaimer on the Detailed Estimate page.

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proposal template -  Project Proposal

Visual: Two bold cover choices give you the opportunity to tailor your wow factor. Project Proposal highlights the implementation process for the project, the management steps needed, and the resources you will need. It is also suitable for a company profile or a portfolio brochure.
The package includes files for CS4 and CS5 version of InDesign and .docx files for MS Word.

Key Features:

  • 36 Pages
  • Multipurpose: proposal, company profile, portfolio brochure
  • A4 & US Letter format with bleed
  • Bleed, CMYK – print-ready (InDesign)
  • Layered, well organized (InDesign)
  • 6 column grid (InDesign)
  • Master page (InDesign)
  • Automatic page numbering (InDesign)
  • Paragraph Styles (InDesign)
  • Free fonts used

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Good work all the way and in articular cool original colors
  • Congrats! Awesome template!
  • You can edit this Proposal using word

Cons

  • Not compatible with indesign 2017 and 2018

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 proposal template -  Web Design Proposal


Visual: Excellent use of color on the edge of the cover invites you to turn the page. This choice is a project proposal template for creative businesses, offered in Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word. Despite its name, this layout is suitable for any project purpose and includes a cover letter, resume, and invoice.

Key Features:

  • 28 pages
  • A4 page size and US Letter page size
  • CMYK @ 300 DPI – print-ready
  • RGB color ( DOC & DOCX file )
  • Character styles
  • Paragraph styles
  • Easy to edit and change color
  • Layered document
  • Auto page number
  • Free Font

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Layout is suitable for any project purpose, very easy to use, edit and customize.

Cons

  • No wide selection for fonts to use.

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 proposal template  -  Studio Proposal Template


Visual: The bold stripe across the center of the cover sparks interest. The template features a cover choice of light or dark versions. The dark version is well suited for digital application, and the light is perfect for print. The template steps the client through the entire project design process.

Key Features:

  • 18 pages
  • A4 & US Letter InDesign template
  • Includes dark and light versions
  • Character and paragraph styles
  • Object styles
  • Help file
  • Color swatches for simple color editing through the whole document
  • Images, text, and backgrounds are separated into different layers
  • Free Font

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Great modern work, cool colors
  • Very nice work! Thanks for inspiration

Cons

  • Some reviews shows its hard to edit the header on this template.

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 proposal template-Creative Project Proposal Template

Visual: Excellent first impression through the use of dark and light contrast. This choice is a professional proposal brochure template for creative businesses looking to beat the competition. Package includes Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, and Apple Pages.

Key Features:

  • 28 printed pages
  • 2 sizes: A4 & US letter
  • Only free fonts used
  • CMYK @ 300 DPI – print-ready
  • High resolution
  • Paragraph and text styles included
  • Layered templates
  • Customize any color
  • PDFs for preview included

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Really Nice Concept
  • Very Creative and Strong Content
  • Good Design…Like the layout

Cons

  • Some comments suggest that Red is better as the default color instead of  Yellow.

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 proposal template -Suisse Style Proposal

Visual: A minimalistic design in a clean Swiss style. This offering includes InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft Word templates, as well as four different color options.

Key Features:

  • 16 printed pages
  • 2 sizes: A4 & US letter
  • Invoices included
  • Real wording included
  • For print or digital
  • Paragraph styles

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • I love this proposal template. Just what I was looking for, clean & simple

Cons

  • It requires additional cost for purchasing fonts.

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 proposal template - Quoter - Proposal & Invoice Template


Visual: A clean and conservative professional project proposal. Think "Annual Report."

Key Features:

  • 16 pages
  • 2 sizes: A4 & US letter
  • CMYK @ 300 DPI – print-ready
  • Adobe InDesign CS4 files also provided in MS Word version
  • Customize any color
  • Free fonts used or customize fonts to suit your brand
  • Additional invoice template with auto calculations included (provided in both Word and InDesign)

Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Pros

  • Nice Design
  • Some user comments they love the template.

Cons

  • This template had a font issue but they are working it out.
  • InDesign seems to be costly. and editing in word is not give good graphical look [as seen in demo file], in word due to some limitation.

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Buyer’s Guide

There is a large market in this space. When shopping, be sure to read the comments on the template provider’s sales page. Many of these pages have interactions between the template designer and customers who are using the product.  Seeing these conversations will give you an idea of the ease of use of the product and how the designer deals with customer support.

While most of these proposal templates are relatively inexpensive, you don’t want to waste your business earnings or valuable time on products that don’t meet your proposal needs.


Conclusion

Remember, even with the right template, the substance of your proposal is up to you. Be sure to write clearly with solid grammar. Have someone proofread your document. Also, do not be afraid to re-write. Polish your message. We wish you much success with your proposals. Now go land some business.