How To Write an Executive Summary

An effective executive summary can mean the difference between a client win and the recycle bin. It's arguably the most valuable component of any business proposal , but many people get confused when it comes time to put pen to paper.

An executive summary is not actually about summarizing at all; it’s about selling. Here’s how to write a proposal executive summary that seals the deal, including the 5 key components you need and some helpful dos and don'ts.

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(This article was originally published on 7/4/2017 and updated on 05/16/2023)

There is so much dissent surrounding the executive summary of a proposal— Where does the executive summary go? How long should an executive summary be? How do you format an executive summary? These uncertainties can add to the already stressful task of getting a winning proposal written, designed, and delivered to the prospective client on time. It’s time to set things straight.

What is an executive summary?

The executive summary is arguably the most valuable component of any proposal. It serves as an introduction, allowing readers to quickly get acquainted with your proposal by outlining what’s to come. It gives you an opportunity to sell your proposed solution and explain why the prospective client should choose you over the competition.

The purpose of an executive summary

First of all, the term “executive summary” needs a rebrand. The name itself speaks of stuffy suits, boring, jargon-filled reports, and boardrooms filled with cigar smoke and people ready to say no.

men in a boardroom

They can’t wait to read your executive summary.

In all seriousness, the word “summary” can be misleading, and this is the first mistake people often make when it comes to writing their executive summary. They think that the purpose of an executive summary is to explain the entire proposal in 250 words. But it’s not.

The real purpose of an executive summary is to engage your prospective client. It helps the prospect quickly decide whether they're going to read the rest of the proposal, pass it on to other decision-makers, or if it's destined for the recycle bin.

So you better make it good.

The executive summary of your proposal needs to grab the reader’s attention and pique their interest. Even though you and your team spent painstaking hours writing this proposal, selecting just the right graphics, and coming up with the best solution for your potential client’s problem, they may only read this one page and then flip to your pricing table.

That’s why this section needs to be specific and persuasive, with a focus on results and benefits of your company/product/service, rather than describing features. You can save the features for the body of the proposal.

When should you write the executive summary?

Whether you write the executive summary before or after the rest of the proposal is as contentious as the debate about the best part of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup: the chocolate or the peanut butter.

Some people feel that you should write the executive summary first because it can help you outline your concept and organize your thoughts for the entire proposal. That way, it acts as a guide for members of your team who are tasked with preparing sections of the proposal, ensuring that the big idea is consistent throughout, and that all necessary components are included.

Others feel strongly that you should write the executive summary after you’ve prepared the rest of the proposal because you’ve had a chance to work through the objectives and the solutions, and you’ll have a better idea of what to say and how to say it. Plus, things may have changed since you first started the proposal, so you might need to adjust your approach.

How to format an executive summary

The format of an executive summary is an important consideration that many people overlook. What do you include? How do you arrange the sections? To help you get started, here are the components of a good proposal executive summary:

The Opener: Capture their attention

You need an opener that's compelling. A way to get the potential client’s attention right away, and you do that by talking about THEM, not about you. Focus on the issue and the result, but be direct, concise, and evocative.

This is the time to hook them in — get them excited about what they’re going to read next.

The Need: We get it

Before a client hires you, they want to know that you get them. You can’t solve a problem that you don’t understand. This section of the executive summary is where you demonstrate your grasp of the situation. You could include a bit of your own research or a brief reference to your company’s experience dealing with a similar situation. You should also talk about how the client will benefit from solving the problem — what will change, the positive outcomes, the results.

Again, the focus here is on the prospect and their challenge, not on you and your company.

The Proposed Solution: We’ve got it

Now you’re in the spotlight. This section is where you talk about the brilliant solution you’re proposing and why it will work. But remember, this is just an overview. The prospect can read all the delicious details in the proposal, so keep it high level but still provide enough detail to convince them you have something specific and well thought out for them.

This section should start to provide your prospect with a sense of relief and get them excited about the result.

The Evidence: We can do it

It's time to show your stuff. Talk about why your company, your team, or your product is not only willing to take this challenge on, but how and why you're qualified to do so. Demonstrate what sets you apart and why they should choose you over the competition.

Maybe this is your niche market and you have lots of experience helping other companies with a similar issue. Maybe it’s a particular skill set your team possesses, your research, your algorithm, or your project management process. Or maybe you’ve won 27 Academy Awards for best picture, and you know you can make this a hit.

Talk about WHY you can make this a successful project and deliver results, but (broken record) keep it brief.

The Call to Action: Let’s do it

Keeping in mind that the purpose of the executive summary is to sell, it’s now time to close the deal.

Make the client feel like they have no other chance for happiness than to hire you and proves your solution is the one that will make their dreams come true.

Talk about why you want to work with them — a little flattery goes a long way — and about how, as partners, you will be successful.

Executive Summary Examples

Without further adieu, here are four (fictional) business proposal executive summary examples that will get your prospects excited to work with you.

1. Example of Ecommerce Executive Summary

Prospect: Gyuto -- Japanese chef knife brand Sender: ThinkBig -- Shopify design agency Project title: Shopify ecommerce Proposal

Gyuto sells what is arguably the coolest line of artisanal, sustainably-sourced kitchen knives in the world. They're handmade in Japan, capable of slicing tomatoes as thin as paper, and surprisingly affordable, considering the attention to detail. But as impressive as Gyuto knives are, you've got a static website that merely showcases low-res photos of your product line and requires customers to pick up the phone and place orders manually.

As you're well aware, placing orders manually is not sustainable. It’s severely limiting your potential for sales, and it's negatively affecting the way your customers perceive and experience the Gyuto brand. You need an ecommerce store so that customers can easily buy products from you directly at any time, from anywhere, however they want. This is the only way to grow your business online.

Lucky for you (and 1,000,000 other retailers around the world) there's Shopify. Shopify is an awesome hosted ecommerce app that empowers retailers with an easy-to-use, easy-to-manage, customizable online store and secure checkout. Shopify gives you control over the look and feel of your store and allows you to add products, manage inventory, track sales, and more. It's hassle-free ecommerce that allows you to focus on other aspects of your business.

We'll focus on implementing Shopify and leveraging its features to help drive Gyuto revenue and improve your customer experience. We'll also include powerful search and categorization so customers can easily and quickly find what they're looking for. We use best practices so that product pages convert users to add more items to their shopping cart. And then, most importantly, we’ll guide people down the conversion funnel to complete the checkout process. With this solution, we aim to grow your monthly sales by 50% within the next six months.

Here at ThinkBig, we're proud to be Shopify experts. That means we're among an elite group of developers who have been trained and approved by Shopify to help businesses like yours grow their online presence. Our Shopify status only enhances our already extensive knowledge of ecommerce trends, functionality, customer behaviour, and design. We've helped many businesses transform underperforming sites to an all-out sales boom just by improving their online shopping experience.

We love working with companies like Gyuto. Those who embrace the changes required for growth while still honouring their brand values and customer loyalty. With this attitude, a partnership with ThinkBig can transform Gyuto from mom and pop shop to family-run global online enterprise in a way that is manageable, sustainable, and profitable. We've done it for superstar brands like Dollar Shave Club, and for soon-to-be star brands like Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory.

If you're ready to increase your monthly sales by 50% in 6 months, we're ready to take you there. This proposal outlines in more detail how we'll do it, and what you can expect along the way. But your biggest expectation should be one of success.

As you can see, ThinkBig addresses all five aspects of a winning executive summary. They focus on the client with the opener, identify the prospect's need in the second paragraph, offer a solution with evidence to back it up, and include a clear call-to-action. While this sample executive summary is on the longer side, it tells the prospect exactly why ThinkBig is right for the job before they even get to the meat of the proposal.

2. Example of Marketing Executive Summary

Prospect: Pete’s Pizzeria -- Toronto pizza restaurant Sender: uGrow -- Social media marketing agency Project title: Social Media Marketing Proposal

Pete’s Pizzeria has been our favorite restaurant since the very first day we moved our offices to Toronto. The crispy-yet-fluffy crust is to die for, the sauce is otherworldly, and don’t even get us started on that fresh buffalo mozzarella you use. Surely this isn’t the first time you’re hearing this, but we have a feeling that you don’t hear it often enough. We noticed that you don’t have much of a social media presence, which is unfortunate because we think that everyone in the city should be lining up to eat at Pete’s Pizzeria.

If you weren’t already aware, social media is one of the most effective ways to expand your reach and grow your business. Without it, you’re leaving a giant, untapped pool of potential customers on the table and you risk losing existing, hungry customers to other restaurants that they follow. What you need is a social media marketing strategy to showcase your delicious restaurant in order to increase sales and customer loyalty.

Fortunately, uGrow can help. We’ll leverage Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok to get your name out to millions of users. Here’s how: First, we’ll get you set up on each of the platforms and work with you to establish the Pete’s Pizzeria brand and voice. Then, we’ll take some stunning pictures of your food and write captions with trending hashtags. After that, we’ll create a consistent content calendar and posting schedule to maximize engagement. And to top it all off, we’ll manage all of the accounts to grow follower counts and increase traffic to your website. With this approach, we expect to increase your sales by 25% before year end.

At uGrow, we specialize in helping small, Toronto restaurants like Pete’s Pizzeria reach their full potential and grow their business. We’ve worked with over 75 restaurants across the city and throughout the GTA, and every one of our clients saw an increase in sales within three months of us taking over their social media. We’ve had several posts go viral, which resulted in our clients’ restaurants being completely sold out for the following weeks. All this to say: we love Pete’s Pizzeria and want to help you get the attention you deserve.

If you’re interested in increasing your sales by at least 25% by the end of the year, we can make it happen. This proposal goes into more detail on how exactly we plan to execute on your social media marketing strategy, and what you can expect once we start. Let’s get Pete’s Pizzeria trending.

In this sample executive summary, uGrow does a great job at playing to Pete’s Pizzeria’s pain points (whew!), and offers specific solutions and outcomes to build credibility with the prospect. uGrow also makes a great use of social proof to demonstrate its effectiveness with evidence from past clients.

3. Example of Cleaning Services Executive Summary

Prospect: ELC Holdings -- Property management company Sender: CLEAND -- Commercial cleaning services company Project title: Cleaning Services Proposal

With over 15,000 rentals in 3 states, ELC Holdings is one of the biggest property management companies in the midwest. Your growing portfolio of residential and commercial properties is seriously impressive, but we heard you could use some help keeping your commercial spaces in good shape. As people begin to return to the office, it’s essential that your properties are clean, safe, and compliant to public health guidelines.

As you know, maintaining commercial spaces is no walk in the park. It takes a lot of time and effort to clean even one floor, let alone 4. And that’s just one of your many buildings. But now more than ever, it’s important that your spaces are well-maintained so that your tenants feel safe and secure. It’s not an easy task, especially if you lack the staff and equipment. This is why you need commercial cleaning services.

Having spent over 25 years in the cleaning services industry, we’ve built an experienced team and an arsenal of cleaning equipment that will leave your building absolutely spotless. We offer daily, weekly, and biweekly cleaning arrangements to ensure that your buildings are always in perfect shape for your tenants. From the carpets to the ceilings and everything in between, we can help you clean and sanitize every last corner of your properties so you can rest assured that your tenants are happy.

CLEAND specializes in commercial cleaning services, and has worked with over 200 businesses across the Midwest. We currently have contracts with the United Center and the Auditorium Building in Chicago, and haven’t had a single complaint in the 10 years they’ve been using our services. We provide consistent, reliable results, and stand by our commitment to quality. In fact, if you aren’t happy with our services, we’ll pay the first month’s bill if you switch to another cleaning services company.

ELC Holdings is one of the biggest property management companies in the Midwest, and CLEAND is one of the best cleaning services companies in the area. What do you say we join forces? This proposal outlines how our services could benefit your company, and details what to expect if you choose to seize this opportunity.

This sample cleaning services executive summary immediately highlights the prospect’s pain points and explains why CLEAND is uniquely positioned to help relieve them. It incorporates all five components of a well-written executive summary and even highlights different service offerings before the prospect digs into the solutions section of CLEAND’s cleaning services proposal .

4. Executive Summary Template Example

Here's an example of an executive summary made using a customizable proposal template from Proposify's gallery.

Of course every executive summary needs to be tailored to your specific project, your potential client's needs, and your brand voice. But if you're looking for more inspiration, we have many other business proposal templates that you can customize yourself.

Proposal Executive Summary Example

Executive summary tips: The Do’s and Don’ts

Some other important points and guidelines to keep in mind when writing your executive summary:

Do: use a template for your executive summary Getting started is the hardest part of writing a proposal executive summary. If you’re struggling to get the ball rolling, consider using a business proposal template that includes a sample executive summary. This can help ensure that you cover everything an executive summary should include.

Don’t: make it too long

Some people recommend that the executive summary should be 10% of your entire proposal, but it’s best if you try to keep it to one page, two tops if it’s a larger proposal. Be mindful that if you’re working on an RFP, they may already set out a particular length limit, so you’ll want to stick to that.

Don’t: use jargon

This rule applies to everything but is especially important when writing proposals. Jargon can act as a smokescreen to mask the fact that someone doesn’t really know what they’re talking about, or it can confuse people if they’re not familiar with the same terms.

Don’t: use overly technical language

Unless you are absolutely sure that the only person who will read the executive summary is an engineer or a developer or someone who will understand exactly what you’re talking about, don’t get too technical. In some situations, you may need to reference certain details, but remember that this is a persuasive document—sell the benefits, not the features. Save the tech stuff for the proposal.

Don’t: talk about your company history

The history of your company does not belong in the executive summary. After all, the executive summary is about your prospective client, not about you. However, if it is appropriate and relevant, put it in the body of the proposal under “About Us” or something.

Do: focus on your prospective client

Think about what they want to know, not what you want to tell them. Like any piece of copy, you need to write for your audience, so make sure you think about them; what turns them off and what turns them on.

Do: mention your potential client’s company name

People like to hear their names and the same holds true for businesses. Make sure you reference your prospect’s full company name several times in the executive summary, so they feel like you’re focused on them.

Do: use plain language

The regular rules for writing apply to executive summaries. Use simple, short sentences that are clear and can be understood at almost any reading level, especially if you might be writing for people whose first language is not English. Don’t be pretentious - you’ll come off like an ass. Be concise, and be persuasive. Here are some more writing tips for writing an effective business proposal .

Do: proofread and edit

This probably goes without saying, but you really, really don’t want any typos in your executive summary. Get more than one set of eyes on your document before it goes out, and preferably someone who wasn’t involved in its creation.

We hope this executive summary guide will help turn your ho-hum executive summaries into wicked pitches of excellence. Remember to be persuasive, not pedantic. And if anyone has a suggestion on a new name for executive summary, bring it on.

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How to write an executive summary, with examples

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The best way to do that is with an executive summary. If you’ve never written an executive summary, this article has all you need to know to plan, write, and share them with your team.

What is an executive summary?

An executive summary is an overview of a document. The length and scope of your executive summary will differ depending on the document it’s summarizing, but in general an executive summary can be anywhere from one to two pages long. In the document, you’ll want to share all of the information your readers and important stakeholders need to know.

Imagine it this way: if your high-level stakeholders were to only read your executive summary, would they have all of the information they need to succeed? If so, your summary has done its job.

You’ll often find executive summaries of:

Business cases

Project proposals

Research documents

Environmental studies

Market surveys

Project plans

In general, there are four parts to any executive summary:

Start with the problem or need the document is solving.

Outline the recommended solution.

Explain the solution’s value.

Wrap up with a conclusion about the importance of the work.

What is an executive summary in project management?

In project management, an executive summary is a way to bring clarity to cross-functional collaborators, team leadership, and project stakeholders . Think of it like a project’s “ elevator pitch ” for team members who don’t have the time or the need to dive into all of the project’s details.

The main difference between an executive summary in project management and a more traditional executive summary in a business plan is that the former should be created at the beginning of your project—whereas the latter should be created after you’ve written your business plan. For example, to write an executive summary of an environmental study, you would compile a report on the results and findings once your study was over. But for an executive summary in project management, you want to cover what the project is aiming to achieve and why those goals matter.

The same four parts apply to an executive summary in project management:

Start with the problem or need the project is solving.  Why is this project happening? What insight, customer feedback, product plan, or other need caused it to come to life?

Outline the recommended solution, or the project’s objectives.  How is the project going to solve the problem you established in the first part? What are the project goals and objectives?

Explain the solution’s value.  Once you’ve finished your project, what will happen? How will this improve and solve the problem you established in the first part?

Wrap up with a conclusion about the importance of the work.  This is another opportunity to reiterate why the problem is important, and why the project matters. It can also be helpful to reference your audience and how your solution will solve their problem. Finally, include any relevant next steps.

If you’ve never written an executive summary before, you might be curious about where it fits into other project management elements. Here’s how executive summaries stack up:

Executive summary vs. project plan

A  project plan  is a blueprint of the key elements your project will accomplish in order to hit your project goals and objectives. Project plans will include your goals, success metrics, stakeholders and roles, budget, milestones and deliverables, timeline and schedule, and communication plan .

An executive summary is a summary of the most important information in your project plan. Think of the absolutely crucial things your management team needs to know when they land in your project, before they even have a chance to look at the project plan—that’s your executive summary.

Executive summary vs. project overview

Project overviews and executive summaries often have similar elements—they both contain a summary of important project information. However, your project overview should be directly attached to your project. There should be a direct line of sight between your project and your project overview.

While you can include your executive summary in your project depending on what type of  project management tool  you use, it may also be a stand-alone document.

Executive summary vs. project objectives

Your executive summary should contain and expand upon your  project objectives  in the second part ( Outline the recommended solution, or the project’s objectives ). In addition to including your project objectives, your executive summary should also include why achieving your project objectives will add value, as well as provide details about how you’re going to get there.

The benefits of an executive summary

You may be asking: why should I write an executive summary for my project? Isn’t the project plan enough?

Well, like we mentioned earlier, not everyone has the time or need to dive into your project and see, from a glance, what the goals are and why they matter.  Work management tools  like Asana help you capture a lot of crucial information about a project, so you and your team have clarity on who’s doing what by when. Your executive summary is designed less for team members who are actively working on the project and more for stakeholders outside of the project who want quick insight and answers about why your project matters.

An effective executive summary gives stakeholders a big-picture view of the entire project and its important points—without requiring them to dive into all the details. Then, if they want more information, they can access the project plan or navigate through tasks in your work management tool.

How to write a great executive summary, with examples

Every executive summary has four parts. In order to write a great executive summary, follow this template. Then once you’ve written your executive summary, read it again to make sure it includes all of the key information your stakeholders need to know.

1. Start with the problem or need the project is solving

At the beginning of your executive summary, start by explaining why this document (and the project it represents) matter. Take some time to outline what the problem is, including any research or customer feedback you’ve gotten . Clarify how this problem is important and relevant to your customers, and why solving it matters.

For example, let’s imagine you work for a watch manufacturing company. Your project is to devise a simpler, cheaper watch that still appeals to luxury buyers while also targeting a new bracket of customers.

Example executive summary:

In recent customer feedback sessions, 52% of customers have expressed a need for a simpler and cheaper version of our product. In surveys of customers who have chosen competitor watches, price is mentioned 87% of the time. To best serve our existing customers, and to branch into new markets, we need to develop a series of watches that we can sell at an appropriate price point for this market.

2. Outline the recommended solution, or the project’s objectives

Now that you’ve outlined the problem, explain what your solution is. Unlike an abstract or outline, you should be  prescriptive  in your solution—that is to say, you should work to convince your readers that your solution is the right one. This is less of a brainstorming section and more of a place to support your recommended solution.

Because you’re creating your executive summary at the beginning of your project, it’s ok if you don’t have all of your deliverables and milestones mapped out. But this is your chance to describe, in broad strokes, what will happen during the project. If you need help formulating a high-level overview of your project’s main deliverables and timeline, consider creating a  project roadmap  before diving into your executive summary.

Continuing our example executive summary:

Our new watch series will begin at 20% cheaper than our current cheapest option, with the potential for 40%+ cheaper options depending on material and movement. In order to offer these prices, we will do the following:

Offer watches in new materials, including potentially silicone or wood

Use high-quality quartz movement instead of in-house automatic movement

Introduce customizable band options, with a focus on choice and flexibility over traditional luxury

Note that every watch will still be rigorously quality controlled in order to maintain the same world-class speed and precision of our current offerings.

3. Explain the solution’s value

At this point, you begin to get into more details about how your solution will impact and improve upon the problem you outlined in the beginning. What, if any, results do you expect? This is the section to include any relevant financial information, project risks, or potential benefits. You should also relate this project back to your company goals or  OKRs . How does this work map to your company objectives?

With new offerings that are between 20% and 40% cheaper than our current cheapest option, we expect to be able to break into the casual watch market, while still supporting our luxury brand. That will help us hit FY22’s Objective 3: Expanding the brand. These new offerings have the potential to bring in upwards of three million dollars in profits annually, which will help us hit FY22’s Objective 1: 7 million dollars in annual profit.

Early customer feedback sessions indicate that cheaper options will not impact the value or prestige of the luxury brand, though this is a risk that should be factored in during design. In order to mitigate that risk, the product marketing team will begin working on their go-to-market strategy six months before the launch.

4. Wrap up with a conclusion about the importance of the work

Now that you’ve shared all of this important information with executive stakeholders, this final section is your chance to guide their understanding of the impact and importance of this work on the organization. What, if anything, should they take away from your executive summary?

To round out our example executive summary:

Cheaper and varied offerings not only allow us to break into a new market—it will also expand our brand in a positive way. With the attention from these new offerings, plus the anticipated demand for cheaper watches, we expect to increase market share by 2% annually. For more information, read our  go-to-market strategy  and  customer feedback documentation .

Example of an executive summary

When you put it all together, this is what your executive summary might look like:

[Product UI] Example executive summary in Asana (Project Overview)

Common mistakes people make when writing executive summaries

You’re not going to become an executive summary-writing pro overnight, and that’s ok. As you get started, use the four-part template provided in this article as a guide. Then, as you continue to hone your executive summary writing skills, here are a few common pitfalls to avoid:

Avoid using jargon

Your executive summary is a document that anyone, from project contributors to executive stakeholders, should be able to read and understand. Remember that you’re much closer to the daily work and individual tasks than your stakeholders will be, so read your executive summary once over to make sure there’s no unnecessary jargon. Where you can, explain the jargon, or skip it all together.

Remember: this isn’t a full report

Your executive summary is just that—a summary. If you find yourself getting into the details of specific tasks, due dates, and attachments, try taking a step back and asking yourself if that information really belongs in your executive summary. Some details are important—you want your summary to be actionable and engaging. But keep in mind that the wealth of information in your project will be captured in your  work management tool , not your executive summary.

Make sure the summary can stand alone

You know this project inside and out, but your stakeholders won’t. Once you’ve written your executive summary, take a second look to make sure the summary can stand on its own. Is there any context your stakeholders need in order to understand the summary? If so, weave it into your executive summary, or consider linking out to it as additional information.

Always proofread

Your executive summary is a living document, and if you miss a typo you can always go back in and fix it. But it never hurts to proofread or send to a colleague for a fresh set of eyes.

In summary: an executive summary is a must-have

Executive summaries are a great way to get everyone up to date and on the same page about your project. If you have a lot of project stakeholders who need quick insight into what the project is solving and why it matters, an executive summary is the perfect way to give them the information they need.

For more tips about how to connect high-level strategy and plans to daily execution, read our article about strategic planning .

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Here’s the good news: an executive summary is short. It’s part of a larger document like a business plan, business case or project proposal and, as the name implies, summarizes the longer report.

Here’s the bad news: it’s a critical document that can be challenging to write because an executive summary serves several important purposes. On one hand, executive summaries are used to outline each section of your business plan, an investment proposal or project proposal. On the other hand, they’re used to introduce your business or project to investors and other stakeholders, so they must be persuasive to spark their interest.

Writing an Executive Summary

The pressure of writing an executive summary comes from the fact that everyone will pay attention to it, as it sits at the top of that heap of documents. It explains all that follows and can make or break your business plan or project plan . The executive summary must know the needs of the potential clients or investors and zero in on them like a laser. Fortunately, we’ll show you how to write and format your executive summary to do just that.

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What Is an Executive Summary?

An executive summary is a short section of a larger document like a business plan , investment proposal or project proposal. It’s mostly used to give investors and stakeholders a quick overview of important information about a business plan like the company description, market analysis and financial information.

It contains a short statement that addresses the problem or proposal detailed in the attached documents and features background information, a concise analysis and a conclusion. An executive summary is designed to help executives and investors decide whether to go forth with the proposal, making it critically important. Pitch decks are often used along with executive summaries to talk about the benefits and main selling points of a business plan or project.

Unlike an abstract, which is a short overview, an executive summary format is a condensed form of the documents contained in the proposal. Abstracts are more commonly used in academic and research-oriented writing and act as a teaser for the reader to see if they want to read on.

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Executive summaries vary depending on the document they’re attached to. You can write an executive summary for a business plan, project proposal, research document, or business case, among other documents and reports.

However, when writing an executive summary, there are guidelines to ensure you hit all the bases.

Executive Summary Length

According to the many books that have been written about executive summaries, as well as training courses, seminars and professional speakers, the agreed-upon length for an executive summary format should be about five to 10 percent of the length of the whole report.

Appropriate Language

The language used should be appropriate for the target audience. One of the most important things to know before you write professionally is to understand who you’re addressing. If you’re writing for a group of engineers, the language you’ll use will differ greatly from how you would write to a group of financiers.

That includes more than just the words, but the content and depth of explanation. Remember, it’s a summary, and people will be reading it to quickly and easily pull out the main points.

Pithy Introduction

You also want to capture a reader’s attention immediately in the opening paragraph. Just like a speech often opens with a joke to break the tension and put people at ease, a strong introductory paragraph can pull a reader in and make them want to read on. That doesn’t mean you start with a joke. Stick to your strengths, but remember, most readers only give you a few sentences to win them over before they move on.

Don’t forget to explain who you are as an organization and why you have the skills, personnel and experience to solve the problem raised in the proposal. This doesn’t have to be a lengthy biography, often just your name, address and contact information will do, though you’ll also want to highlight your strengths as they pertain to the business plan or project proposal .

Relevant Information

The executive summary shouldn’t stray from the material that follows it. It’s a summary, not a place to bring up new ideas. To do so would be confusing and would jeopardize your whole proposal.

Establish the need or the problem, and convince the target audience that it must be solved. Once that’s set up, it’s important to recommend the solution and show what the value is. Be clear and firm in your recommendation.

Justify your cause. Be sure to note the key reasons why your organization is the perfect fit for the solution you’re proposing. This is the point where you differentiate yourself from competitors, be that due to methodology, testimonials from satisfied clients or whatever else you offer that’s unique. But don’t make this too much about you. Be sure to keep the name of the potential client at the forefront.

Don’t neglect a strong conclusion, where you can wrap things up and once more highlight the main points.

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What to Include in an Executive Summary

The content of your executive summary must reflect what’s in the larger document which it is part of. You’ll find many executive summary examples on the web, but to keep things simple, we’ll focus on business plans and project proposals.

How to Write an Executive Summary for a Business Plan

As we’ve learned above, your executive summary must extract the main points of all the sections of your business plan. A business plan is a document that describes all the aspects of a business, such as its business model, products or services, objectives and marketing plan , among other things. They’re commonly used by startups to pitch their ideas to investors.

Here are the most commonly used business plan sections:

  • Company description: Provide a brief background of your company, such as when it was established, its mission, vision and core values.
  • Products & services: Describe the products or services your company will provide to its customers.
  • Organization and management: Explain the legal structure of your business and the members of the top management team.
  • SWOT analysis: A SWOT analysis explains the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your business. They describe the internal and external factors that impact your business competitiveness.
  • Industry & market analysis: This section should provide an overview of the industry and market in which your business will compete.
  • Operations: Explain the main aspects of your business operations and what sets it apart from competitors.
  • Marketing plan: Your marketing plan describes the various strategies that your business will use to reach its customers and sell products or services.
  • Financial planning: Here, you should provide an overview of the financial state of your business. Include income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements.
  • Funding request: If you’re creating your business plan to request funding, make sure to explain what type of funding you need, the timeframe for your funding request and an explanation of how the funds will be used.

We’ve created an executive summary example to help you better understand how this document works when using it, to sum up a business plan.

To put all of that information together, here’s the basic format of an executive summary. You can find this same information in our free executive summary template :

  • Introduction, be sure to know your audience
  • Table of contents in the form of a bulleted list
  • Explain the company’s role and identify strengths
  • Explain the need, or the problem, and its importance
  • Recommend a solution and explain its value
  • Justify said solution by explaining how it fits the organization
  • A strong conclusion that once more wraps up the importance of the project

You can use it as an executive summary example and add or remove some of its elements to adjust it to your needs. Our sample executive summary has the main elements that you’ll need project executive summary.

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Executive Summary Example

For this executive summary example, we’ll imagine a company named ABC Clothing, a small business that manufactures eco-friendly clothing products and it’s preparing a business plan to secure funding from new investors.

Company Description We are ABC Clothing, an environmentally-friendly manufacturer of apparel. We’ve developed a unique method of production and sourcing of materials that allows us to create eco-friendly products at a low cost . We have intellectual property for our production processes and materials, which gives us an advantage in the market.

  • Mission: Our mission is to use recycled materials and sustainable methods of production to create clothing products that are great for our customers and our planet.
  • Vision: Becoming a leader in the apparel industry while generating a positive impact on the environment.

Products & Services We offer high-quality clothing products for men, women and all genders. (Here you should include pictures of your product portfolio to spark the interest of your readers)

Industry & Market Analysis Even though the fashion industry’s year-over-year growth has been affected by pandemics in recent years, the global apparel market is expected to continue growing at a steady pace. In addition, the market share of sustainable apparel has grown year-over-year at a higher pace than the overall fashion industry.

Marketing Plan Our marketing plan relies on the use of digital marketing strategies and online sales, which gives us a competitive advantage over traditional retailers that focus their marketing efforts on brick-and-mortar stores.

Operations Our production plant is able to recycle different types of plastic and cotton waste to turn it into materials that we use to manufacture our products . We’ve partnered with a transportation company that sorts and distributes our products inside the United States efficiently and cost-effectively.

Financial Planning Our business is profitable, as documented in our balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. The company doesn’t have any significant debt that might compromise its continuity. These and other financial factors make it a healthy investment.

Funding Request We’re requesting funding for the expansion of our production capacity, which will allow us to increase our production output in order to meet our increasing customer demand, enter new markets, reduce our costs and improve our competitiveness.

If you’d like to see more executive summary examples for your business plan, you can visit the U.S. small business administration website. They have business plans with executive summary examples you can download and use.

Executive summaries are also a great way to outline the elements of a project plan for a project proposal. Let’s learn what those elements are.

How to Write an Executive Summary for a Project Proposal

An executive summary for your project proposal will capture the most important information from your project management plan. Here’s the structure of our executive summary template:

  • Introduction: What’s the purpose of your project?
  • Company description: Show why you’re the right team to take on the project.
  • Need/problem: What is the problem that it’s solving?
  • Unique solution: What is your value proposition and what are the main selling points of your project?
  • Proof: Evidence, research and feasibility studies that support how your company can solve the issue.
  • Resources: Outline the resources needed for the project
  • Return on investment/funding request: Explain the profitability of your project and what’s in for the investors.
  • Competition/market analysis: What’s your target market? Who are your competitors? How does your company differentiate from them?
  • Marketing plan: Create a marketing plan that describes your company’s marketing strategies, sales and partnership plans.
  • Budget/financial planning: What’s the budget that you need for your project plan?
  • Timeline: What’s the estimated timeline to complete the project?
  • Team: Who are the project team members and why are they qualified?
  • Conclusions:  What are the project takeaways?

Now that we’ve learned that executive summaries can vary depending on the type of document you’re working on, you’re ready for the next step.

What to Do After Writing an Executive Summary

As with anything you write, you should always start with a draft. The first draft should hit all the marks addressed above but don’t bog yourself down in making the prose perfect. Think of the first draft as an exploratory mission. You’re gathering all the pertinent information.

Next, you want to thoroughly review the document to ensure that nothing important has been left out or missed. Make sure the focus is sharp and clear, and that it speaks directly to your potential client’s needs.

Proofread for Style & Grammar

But don’t neglect the writing. Be sure that you’re not repeating words, falling into cliché or other hallmarks of bad writing. You don’t want to bore the reader to the point that they miss the reason why you’re the organization that can help them succeed.

You’ve checked the content and the prose, but don’t forget the style. You want to write in a way that’s natural and not overly formal, but one that speaks in the manner of your target audience . If they’re a conservative firm, well then, maybe formality is called for. But more and more modern companies have a casual corporate culture, and formal writing could mistakenly cause them to think of you as old and outdated.

The last run should be proofing the copy. That means double-checking to ensure that spelling is correct, and there are no typos or grammatical mistakes. Whoever wrote the executive summary isn’t the best person to edit it, however. They can easily gloss over errors because of their familiarity with the work. Find someone who excels at copy-editing. If you deliver sloppy content, it shows a lack of professionalism that’ll surely color how a reader thinks of your company.

Criticism of Executive Summaries

While we’re advocating for the proper use of an executive summary, it’d be neglectful to avoid mentioning some critiques. The most common is that an executive summary by design is too simple to capture the complexity of a large and complicated project.

It’s true that many executives might only read the summary, and in so doing, miss the nuance of the proposal. That’s a risk. But if the executive summary follows the guidelines stated above, it should give a full picture of the proposal and create interest for the reader to delve deeper into the documents to get the details.

Remember, executive summaries can be written poorly or well. They can fail to focus on results or the solution to the proposal’s problem or do so in a vague, general way that has no impact on the reader. You can do a hundred things wrong, but if you follow the rules, then the onus falls on the reader.

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How to Write a Powerful Executive Summary [+4 Top Examples]

Caroline Forsey

Published: August 31, 2023

Whether you're an entrepreneur looking for investors for your small business or the CEO of a large corporation, an executive summary can help you succeed and is a critical component for long-term growth.

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A short, attention-grabbing executive summary is an essential part of your business plan . Done correctly, it will ensure your company becomes or remains a key player in your industry. In this post, you’ll learn what an executive summary is and how to write one that engages investors, customers, and general audiences.

Executive Summary

An executive summary is a brief overview of a long document, such as a business plan, proposal, or report. It's a section that grabs readers’ attention and summarizes critical information from the document, such as the problem or opportunity being addressed, objectives, key findings, goals, and recommendations.

Some documents that may have an executive summary include:

  • Business plans
  • Research documents
  • Project proposals
  • Annual reports

Ultimately, the executive summary is meant to inform readers of the most important information in the document, so they don't have to read it all and can get caught up quickly.

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Executive Summary vs. Business Plan

All business plans have an executive summary, but not all executive summaries belong to business plans.

A business plan includes a company overview, your company's short-term and long-term goals, information on your product or service, sales targets, expense budgets, your marketing plan, and a list including each member of your management team. In this case, the executive summary is the first section of the business plan that convinces readers that it’s worth their time to read the whole thing.

Business plans are very detailed and comprehensive, and can be as short as a dozen pages or as long as 100 pages. However, a CEO or investor might not have the interest or time to read your full business plan without first getting the general gist of your company or goals through an executive summary.

Executive Summary vs. Mission Statement

Mission statements and executive summaries are typically both found in business plans, but they serve different purposes.

A mission statement defines your organization’s purpose, values, and vision. It’s your company’s north star and communicates your core identity and reason for existence. On the other hand, an executive summary provides a high-level overview of the document.

Ultimately, your mission statement provides direction for developing your business plan, while your executive summary describes your business plan to executives and shareholders.

Executive Summary vs. Company Description

Like mission statements and executive summaries, company descriptions can also be found in business plans as well as the “About us” page of your website . It provides an overview of your business, including essential details like company history, what your company does, unique selling points, goals, management team, and overall value proposition.

Executive Summary vs. Objective

An objective is a specific goal or target that your company takes aims to achieve its overall goal. It is a concrete, measurable outcome that guides your business’s actions and decisions. Objectives are usually set at the strategic level and are typically aligned with the company’s mission, vision, and overall strategic plan.

Company objectives are often included in executive summaries, but are not the sole focus of them.

What is the purpose of an executive summary?

Writing an executive summary may not seem that necessary. After all, you can find the same information just by reading the rest of the document.

However, the executive summary serves many purposes for your document and those who read it. Here are some of the benefits of having one:

  • It saves your readers time. CEOs and investors often have limited time to review lengthy documents. An executive summary allows them to quickly grasp the main points, key findings, and recommendations without needing to read the entire document.
  • It provides clarity and conciseness. By providing a condensed overview, executive summaries help to distill complex information and present it in a manner that’s easy to understand.
  • It helps with document navigation. For longer documents or reports, an executive summary provides a roadmap for readers. It helps them navigate through the document by signaling the main sections or topics covered, improving overall document usability and accessibility.

To write an impressive executive summary that effectively embodies all the important elements of your business plan, we've cultivated a list of necessary components for an executive summary, as well as an example to get you started.

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How to write an executive summary.

A good executive summary tells your company’s story, contains in-depth research, conveys information with an appropriate tone, is void of clichés, and follows your business plan’s structure. These elements will ensure your executive summary is effective, informative, and impactful.

1. Tell your story.

When investors or CEO's read your executive summary, they should understand what your business is about. This is one of the first elements of your business plan, so it should set the tone.

In your executive summary, be sure to tell your story and include an overview about what your company does and why you do what you do. You can also briefly highlight important details about your company’s management.

For instance, you could talk about your founder or CEO’s qualifications and motivations. You can also provide a high-level summary of your company’s business operations and any management methods or best practices that you abide by.

You’ll also want to explain the problem or opportunity that is being addressed, and how it is valuable to investors and customers. Think of this like an elevator pitch . If someone stopped reading and you only had the executive summary to explain your company, what information would you include?

2. Highlight important data.

An executive summary, while short, should include plenty of research.

Highlight the most important findings and insights from the document, including any critical data or statistics discovered in your competitor analysis . While your business plan will flesh out the details, it's important to include your key findings in your executive summary.

You should also provide a basic rundown of your target market, how you plan on addressing their needs and pain points, and how you will reach them.

Additionally, you should include key financial information. The main points you should cover are the overall budget, the price per product/service, and your financial projections.

3. Pay attention to your tone.

Although the tone of your executive summary should be professional and concise, it should also be true to your company and target audience. Aim to convey a sense of authority and credibility while remaining accessible and engaging.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Focus on presenting information objectively with facts and evidence.
  • Don’t voice your personal opinions or use subjective statements.
  • Strive for clarity and simplicity in your language and ensure that your message is easily understood.
  • Avoid unnecessarily complexity or convolution.
  • Don’t use hyperbole or excessive claims.
  • Use strong verbs, active voice, and concise language to make your points effectively.
  • Aim to resonate with the reader’s interests and concerns.

By striking the right balance between professionalism, clarity, and engagement, you can effectively deliver your message and compel the reader to take action or make informed decisions based on the summary.

4. Avoid cliché language.

With any style of writing, it's best to avoid clichés. Clichés can convey the wrong message or be misunderstood, which is something you want to avoid when someone reads your executive summary.

Additionally, clichés tend to overpromise and under-deliver. For example, including something like “The Best Restaurant in Town” isn‘t true because you’re untested as a business. Your executive summary should reflect the truth and who you are as a company.

To avoid clichés while writing, it’s essential to be aware of their presence. Familiarize yourself with common clichés and be mindful of them as you write. Some examples include:

  • “Thinking outside the box”
  • “Innovative solutions”
  • “Cutting-edge technology”

Instead of relying on these overused phrases, be descriptive and embrace the uniqueness of your brand when writing your executive summary. For instance, there’s no need to vaguely refer to your product as a “game-changer,” when you could explain how it benefits your target audience instead. Show, don’t tell.

By staying true to your voice and delivering an honest message, you can keep your writing fresh and your audience engaged.

5. Write it after completing your business plan.

An executive summary is a summary of your business plan. However, it‘s hard to write a summary when you haven’t written your business plan yet. That's why your executive summary should be the final thing you write.

By saving this step for last, you’re able to gain a thorough understanding of the entire plan, including your business’s goals, strategies, market analysis, and financial projections. This enables you to accurately depict the most important aspects in your summary.

If you write you executive summary first, you’re more likely to miscommunicate the essence of your business plan to executives and shareholders. Sure, you may have an outline prepare, but not having all the information can lead to inconsistencies or inaccuracies in your summary. You also risk including irrelevant details or omitting important details that come up during the planning process.

Ultimately, writing your executive summary last ensures that precisely represents the content and findings your plan.

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Now that you know how to write an executive summary, let's dive into the details of what to include.

What to Include in Your Executive Summary

Your business plan should convey your company‘s mission, your product, a plan for how you’ll stand out from competitors, your financial projections, your company's short and long-term goals, your buyer persona, and your market fit.

Ultimately, an executive summary should provide a preview for investors or CEO's, so they know what to expect from the rest of your report. Your executive summary should include:

  • The name, location, and mission of your company
  • A description of your company, including management, advisors, and brief history
  • Your product or service, where your product fits in the market, and how your product differs from competitors in the industry
  • Financial considerations, start-up funding requirements, or the purpose behind your business plan — mention what you hope the reader will help your company accomplish

How long should an executive summary be?

While there is no hard and fast rule for the exact length, executive summaries typically range from one to three pages. However, it's important to note that the length should be determined by the document it accompanies and the content itself rather than a predetermined page count.

At the end of the day, your executive summary should engage the reader and highlight the most important points of your document while avoiding unnecessary details.

Feeling at a loss? Download a free template below that will take you through the executive summary creation process.

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In this free executive summary template, you’ll be able to outline several pieces of information, including:

  • Introduction: Explain what your executive summary contains.
  • Company & Opportunity: Explain who you are and your biggest opportunities for growth.
  • Industry & Market Analysis: Explain the state of your industry and your target market.
  • Management & Operations: Explain who your key leaders are and their roles.
  • Implementation & Marketing: Explain how you plan to deploy your product to the marketplace.
  • Financial Plan: Explain your company’s finances. Change the verbiage depending on whether you’re writing to investors or a general audience.
  • Conclusion: Summarize what you’ve covered.

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To understand more tactically how an executive summary should look, let’s review a few examples.

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Susan Ward wrote about small businesses for The Balance for 18 years. She has run an IT consulting firm and designed and presented courses on how to promote small businesses.

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An executive summary is a brief overview at the beginning of your business plan. It should provide a short, concise summary of your business that captures the reader's attention and gives them an interest in learning more about it. See an example of a business plan's executive summary so you can begin writing one of your own.

Key Takeaways

  • An executive summary is a concise overview of the business plan.
  • Place the executive summary near the beginning of the business plan.
  • Before you write the executive summary, you'll have to write the rest of the business plan first.
  • The executive summary should contain all relevant information about the business, including name, mission, services offered, market, and financial projections.

The executive summary goes near the beginning of the business plan but is written last. To include a summary of the different parts of your business plan, you'll need to write them first.

When you write the executive summary, keep it under two pages. The executive summary should contain brief summaries of other sections of the plan. 

The idea is to give a brief overview of your business first before going into detail about each of the different parts.

The executive summary should contain all of the important information about your business, such as:

  • Business name
  • Business location
  • Your mission as a company
  • A history of the company
  • Management and advisors
  • Services or products offered
  • The market for your offerings
  • Your business's competitive advantages
  • Your financial projections
  • Startup financing required, if any

Format the executive summary clearly and attractively, with headings for each section. Your word processing software may have a template you can use that will make your business plan look good.

It's always easier to write something if you can read an example first, so here's an executive summary example that you can use as a model for your own business plan's executive summary.

This executive summary is for a fictional company called Pet Grandma Inc.

Pet Grandma Inc. offers superior on-site pet sitting and exercising services for dogs and cats, providing the personal loving pet care that the owners themselves would provide if they were home. Our team will ensure that pet owners can take business trips or vacations knowing that their pets are in good hands.

Company and Management

Pet Grandma Inc. is headquartered in the City of West Vancouver and  incorporated  in the Province of British Columbia. The company is owned by partners Pat Simpson and Terry Estelle. Pat has extensive experience in animal care while Terry has worked in  sales and marketing  for 15 years.

The management of Pet Grandma Inc. consists of co-owners Pat Simpson and Terry Estelle. Both partners will be taking hands-on management roles in the company. In addition, we have assembled a  board of advisors  to provide management expertise. The advisors are:

  •  Juliette LeCroix, partner at LeCroix Accounting LLP
  •  Carey Boniface, veterinarian and partner at Little Tree Animal Care Clinic
  •  John Toms, president of Toms Communications Ltd.

Our clients are dog owners and cat owners who choose to leave their pets at home when they travel, or who want their pets to have company when their owners are at work. Pet Grandma Inc. offers a variety of pet care services, all in the pet’s home environment, including:

  • Dog walking
  • Daily visits
  • 24-hour care for days or weeks
  • Administration of medications by qualified staff
  • Emergency treatment in case of illness (arranged through veterinarians)
  • Plant watering
  • Mail collection
  • Garbage/recycling

Across Canada, the pet care business has seen an explosion of growth over the last three years. West Vancouver is an affluent area with a high pet density. Our  market research  has shown that nine out of 10 pet owners polled in West Vancouver would prefer to have their pets cared for in their own homes when they travel rather than be kenneled and six out of 10 would consider having a pet sitter provide company for their dog when they were at work.

Competitive Advantages

While there are currently eight businesses offering pet sitting in West Vancouver, only three of these offer on-site pet care and none offers “pet visit” services for working pet owners.

Pet Grandma ’s marketing strategy is to emphasize the quality of pet care we provide (“a Grandma for your pet!”) and the availability of our services. Dog owners who work, for instance, will come home to find happy, friendly companions who have already been exercised and walked, instead of demanding, whiny animals.

All pet services will be provided by animal care-certified staff.

All employees are insured and bonded.

Financial Projections

Based on the size of our market and our defined market area, our  sales projections  for the first year are $340,000. We project a growth rate of 10% per year for the first three years.

The salary for each of the co-owners will be $40,000. At startup, we will have six trained staff to provide pet services and expect to  hire  four more this year once  financing  is secured. To begin with, co-owner Pat Simpson will be scheduling appointments and coordinating services, but we plan to hire a full-time receptionist this year as well.

Already we have service commitments from more than 40 clients and plan to aggressively build our client base through newspaper, website, social media, and direct mail advertising. The loving, on-site professional care that Pet Grandma Inc. will provide is sure to appeal to cat and dog owners throughout the West Vancouver area.

Startup Financing Requirements

We are seeking an operating line of $150,000 to finance our first-year growth. Together, the co-owners have invested $62,000 to meet working capital requirements.

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When you’re starting a business, one of the first things you need to do is write a business plan. Your business plan is like a roadmap for your business, so you can lay out your goals and a concrete plan for how you’ll reach them.

Not only is a business plan essential for any business owner, but it’s also a requirement if you decide to apply for small business funding or find investors. After all, before a bank or individual hands over any money, they’ll want to be sure your company is on solid ground (so they can get their money back).

A business plan consists of several pieces, from an executive summary and market analysis to a financial plan and projections. The executive summary will be the first part of your business plan.

If wondering how to write an executive summary has kept you from completing your business plan, we’re here to help. In this guide, we’ll explain what an executive summary is and provide tips for writing your own so your business plan can start strong.

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What is an executive summary?

An executive summary is a short, informative, and easy-to-read opening statement to your business plan. Even though it’s just one to two pages, the executive summary is incredibly important.

An executive summary tells the story of what your business does, why an investor might be interested in giving funds to your business, why their investment will be well-spent, and why you do what you do. An executive summary should be informative, but it should also capture a busy reader’s attention.

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Why write an executive summary?

Anyone you’re sending your executive summary and business plan to is likely busy—very busy. An entire business plan is long, involved, and deals with a lot of numbers.

Someone busy wants to get an understanding of your business, and they want to do it quickly, which is to say not by diving into a complicated, 80-page business plan. That’s where your executive summary comes in.

An executive summary provides just the opportunity to hook someone’s interest, tell them about your business, and offer a clear selling point as to why they should consider investing in your business.

Your executive summary is your chance to sell your business to potential investors and show them your business is worth not only their money but also their time.

What to include in an executive summary

By its nature, an executive summary is short. You must be able to clearly communicate the idea of your business, what sets you apart, and how you plan to grow into a successful enterprise.

The subsequent sections of your business plan will go into more detail, but your executive summary should include the most critical pieces of your business plan—enough to stand on its own, as it’s often the only thing a prospective investor will read. Here’s what your executive summary should include—consider it an executive summary template from which you can model your own.

1. The hook

The first sentence and paragraph of your executive summary determine whether or not the entire executive summary gets read. That’s why the hook or introduction is so important.

In general, a hook is considered anything that will get a reader’s attention. While an executive summary is a formal business document, you do want your hook to make you stand out from the crowd—without wasting time.

Your hook can be sharing something creative about your company, an interesting fact, or just a very well-crafted description of your business. It’s crucial to craft your hook with the personality of your reader in mind. Give them something that will make your company stand out and be memorable among a sea of other business plans.

Grab their attention in the first paragraph, and you’re much more likely to get your executive summary read, which could lead to an investment.

2. Company description summary

Now that you’ve hooked your reader, it’s time to get into some general information about your business. If an investor is going to give you money, after all, they first need to understand what your company does or what product you sell and who is managing the company.

Your company description should include information about your business, such as when it was formed and where you’re located; your products or services; the founders or executive team, including names and specific roles; and any additional details about the management team or style.

3. Market analysis

Your market analysis in the executive summary is a brief description of what the market for your business looks like. You want to show that you have done your research and proven that there is a need for your specific product or services. Some questions you should answer:

Who are your competitors?

Is there a demand for your products or services?

What advantages do you have that make your business unique in comparison to others?

To reiterate, stick to the highlights of your market analysis in your executive summary. You’ll provide a complete analysis in a separate section of your business plan, but you should be able to communicate enough in the executive summary that a potential investor can gauge whether your business has potential.

4. Products and services

Now that you’ve established a need in the market, it’s time to show just how your business will fill it. This section of your executive summary is all about highlighting the product or service that your company offers. Talk about your current sales, the growth you’ve seen so far, and any other highlights that are a selling point for your company.

This is also a good time to identify what sets your business apart and gives you a competitive advantage. After all, it’s unlikely that your business is the first of its kind. Highlight what you do better than the competition and why potential customers will choose your product or service over the other options on the market.

5. Financial information and projections

In this section of your executive summary, you want to give the reader an overview of your current business financials. Again, you’ll go more in-depth into this section later in your business plan, so just provide some highlights. Include your current sales and profits (if you have any), as well as what funding you’re hoping to acquire and how this will affect your financials in the next few years.

This is also where you can explain what funding, if any, you’ve received in the past. If you paid back your loan on time, this is an especially bright selling point for potential lenders.

6. Future plans

While asking for what funding you need is essential, you’ve also got to make clear what you’re going to use that funding for. If you’re asking for money, you want the person to know you have a plan to put those funds to good use.

Are you hoping to open another location, expand your product line, invest in your marketing efforts? This final section of your executive summary should detail where you want your business to go in the future, as well as drive home how funding can help you get there.

Tips for writing an executive summary

Even if you include each part of a good executive summary, you might not get noticed. What is written can be just as important as how it’s written. An executive summary has to strike a delicate balance between formal, personable, confident, and humble.

1. Be concise

An executive summary should include everything that’s in your business plan, just in a much shorter format. Writing a concise executive summary is no easy task and will require many revisions to get to the final draft. And while this is the first section of your executive summary, you’ll want to write it last, after you’ve put together all the other elements.

To choose your most important points and what should be included in the executive summary, go through your business plan, and pull out single-line bullet points. Go back through those bullet points and eliminate everything unnecessary to understanding your business.

Once you have your list of bullet points narrowed down, you can start writing your executive summary. Once it’s written, go back in and remove any unnecessary information. Remember, you should only be including the highlights—you have the rest of your business plan to go into more detail. The shorter and clearer your executive summary is, the more likely someone is to read it.

2. Use bullet points

One simple way to make your executive summary more readable is to use bullet points. If someone is reading quickly or skimming your executive summary, extra whitespace can make the content faster and easier to read.

Short paragraphs, short sentences, and bullet points all make an executive summary easier to skim—which is likely what the reader is doing. If important numbers and convincing stats jump out at the reader, they’re more likely to keep reading.

3. Speak to your audience

When writing your executive summary, be sure to think about who will be reading it; that’s who you’re speaking to. If you can personalize your executive summary to the personality and interests of the person who will read it, you’re more likely to capture their attention.

Personalizing might come in the form of a name in the salutation, sharing details in a specific way you know that person likes and the tone of your writing. An executive summary deals with business, so it will generally have a formal tone. But, different industries may be comfortable with some creativity of language or using shorthand to refer to certain ideas.

Know who you’re speaking to and use the right tone to speak to them. That might be formal and deferential, expert and clipped, informal and personable, or any other appropriate tone. This may also involve writing different versions of your executive summary for different audiences.

4. Play to your strengths

One of the best ways to catch the attention of your reader is to share why your business is unique. What makes your business unique is also what makes your business strong, which can capture a reader’s interest and show them why your business is worth investing in. Be sure to highlight these strengths from the start of your executive summary.

5. Get a test reader

Once you’ve written and edited your executive summary, you need a test reader. While someone in your industry or another business owner can be a great resource, you should also consider finding a test reader with limited knowledge of your business and industry. Your executive summary should be so clear that anyone can understand it, so having a variety of test readers can help identify any confusing language.

If you don’t have access to a test reader, consider using tools such as Hemingway App and Grammarly to ensure you’ve written something that’s easy to read and uses proper grammar.

How long should an executive summary be?

There’s no firm rule on how long an executive summary should be, as it depends on the length of your business plan and the depth of understanding needed by the reader to fully grasp your ask.

That being said, it should be as short and concise as you can get it. In general, an executive summary should be one to two pages in length.

You can fudge the length slightly by adjusting the margin and font size, but don’t forget readability is just as important as length. You want to leave plenty of white space and have a large enough font that the reader is comfortable while reading your executive summary. If your executive summary is hard to read, it’s less likely your reader will take the time to read your business plan.

What to avoid in an executive summary

While the rules for writing a stellar executive summary can be fuzzy, there are a few clear rules for what to avoid in your executive summary.

Your executive summary should avoid:

Focusing on investment. Instead, focus on getting the reader to be interested enough to continue and read your business plan or at least schedule a meeting with you.

Clichés, superlatives, and claims that aren’t backed up by fact. Your executive summary isn’t marketing material. It should be straightforward and clear.

Avoiding the executive summary no-nos is just as important as striking the right tone and getting in the necessary information for your reader.

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The bottom line

While an executive summary is short, it’s challenging to write. Your executive summary condenses your entire introduction, business description, business plan, market analysis, financial projections, and ask into one to two pages. Condensing information down to its most essential form takes time and many drafts. When you’re putting together your business plan’s executive summary, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to write it and to seek the help of friends or colleagues for editing it to perfection.

However, some tools make crafting a business plan, including your executive summary, a simpler process. A business plan template is a great place to start, and business plan software can especially help with the design of your business plan. After all, a well-written executive summary can make all the difference in obtaining funding for your business, so you’ll want all the help you can get.

This article originally appeared on JustBusiness, a subsidiary of NerdWallet.

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How to Write an Executive Summary (With Example)

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Keeping up with long documents like business plans or project proposals can be a tricky task. I wrote my first business plan when I started my company (so I know the firsthand challenges). I've learned a lot since then — and, most importantly, the need to put a lot of thought into it and make ideas work.

A business plan or project proposal may not seem like the most important or complicated document, but it can guide the entire company and can even be shared with investors to win prospects. But there's another document that's equally important — and that is an executive summary.

It's a short, informative version of the long document — business plan or proposal — that includes all the critical information anyone needs in one go. Here's how to write an executive summary (with examples) so you never have to read the entire report just to get a few details.

What is an Executive Summary?

Before I get into how to write an executive summary, let's first understand what it is. An executive summary is a short, informative overview of a long document that clearly defines the main idea of the business plan, report paper, or project proposal.

Executive summary for a business plan or project proposal

Think of it as boiling the entire document (concept, vision, outcome, and everything in between) down to a few pages. Its length typically depends on the particular document you're summarizing — and can be somewhere between 1-2 pages.

Of course, executive summaries are unique documents, so there's no one-size-fits-all. Depending on what you're summarizing — a business plan, project proposal, annual report, or research document — your summary will look a little different.

How to Write a Great Executive Summary?

Writing a long document and summarizing only the important information from one are two different things. Unlike your original document, which outlines everything in detail, the executive summary condenses the main idea into a few pages.

Here's how to write an executive summary with a clear roadmap.

Step 1: Tell Your Company's Mission & Vision

Start the executive summary by telling your company's story or the mission statement of the business plan — and try to communicate the vision you have for it. It should reflect your goals, values, and other important details that were discussed in the business plan — setting the tone for the rest of the summary. Ask yourself if the first few lines will make your business sound profitable, credible, and feasible.

Step 2: Highlight the Project's Objectives

Next, focus on the project objectives or discuss the problem you will be solving. Your aim here is to provide readers with a comprehensive view of the key findings and insights from the long document. You might even include a basic explanation about the target market and address the pain points for more clarity.

Alt Text: Takes notes about the project’s objectives

Step 3: Explain the Solution

Describe the project in detail and lean heavily on the solutions — in an authoritative language. Identifying the target audience and writing the project objectives isn't enough, you'll need to provide solutions or any results that they can expect. You can even include project risks, relevant financial information, and potential benefits covered in the business document.

Step 4: Wrap with a Conclusion

You've successfully covered the project objectives (problems) and provided the solutions — great! But as we've often heard, 'It ain't over till it's over,' and the summary ain't over yet. At the end, conclude by highlighting the key findings, presenting the key recommendations, and writing the next actionable steps (future plans) — guiding readers on what to do next.

Example of an Executive Summary

The simple executive summary for the business plan template outlines the key business objectives, problems, and solutions — in only 1-2 pages. Compiling all this information into one document will help the readers (business partners, team, and even investors) understand the main idea and navigate the plan.

Here's an executive summary example for a business plan I put together to give you a quick idea of what it might look like once it is complete.

Example: Executive Summary Format for Business Plans

[Your Company Name]: XYZ [Business Plan Title] [Date] [Mission] The mission of XYZ is to deliver products that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethical. [Vision] The vision is to play a major role in shaping a sustainable world. [The Product] At XYZ, we create products and services that meet the customer requirements — and are made from eco-friendly, recyclable, and renewable materials. [Position Yourself as an Expert] With over three major players that are dominating the market, we stand out by manufacturing more environment-friendly products. [The Future Plans] By 2030, we will launch a recycling program in five big cities. Looking ahead to 2050, our goal is to supply recyclable and renewable products to all top-tier brands.

Tips for Writing an Effective Executive Summary

Before you start putting the executive summary together, ask yourself whether you understand the business plan. Once you've read it properly, here are a few more tips for writing an effective business plan executive summary .

Write for Your Audience

The tone, language, pronoun use, and personalization of the executive summary will depend on your audience. If the people reading the summary have a technical background, a mix of professional and technical words would make sense.

Write the executive summary by keeping the audience in mind

You'll need to extract all the important information from the business plan and write it in 1-2 pages — and it's only possible if you understand the main idea before writing and write straight to the point. Remember your audience is reading the summary because they want short and crisp information — so don't overcomplicate it.

Use Engaging Language

Your executive summary should reflect the truth and key highlights of the business plan in an engaging tone. Keep the executive summary professional and concise — that's true to the target audience and your company. Many people often miss writing facts and figures — and that's where they make a mistake. I'd recommend you focus on presenting facts, figures, and evidence in a straightforward and engaging way.

Ask Others to Review the Summary

Great ideas can come from any level — even if they're not directly related to the business plan. Once your business plan executive summary is ready, ask someone from your team to review it. You might also ask your senior or mentor to read the summary and give you fair feedback — and, most importantly, meet the reason behind writing it.

Ask team members to review the executive summary

Use the AI Summarizer App

There's very little chance that the first time you try to write a summary, the output is exactly what you're looking for. You need to read, write, test, refine, write, test, and so on until you get an outcome you're happy with.

Automation with AI keeps systems running smoothly — and generating an executive summary is no exception. If you don't want to struggle manually, you can even check out the popular AI summarizers — and see if it meets your needs.

One such tool is the Notta Web App which comes with some amazing features like recording , transcribing , and summarizing media (audio and video) files. If the business plan is in recorded (audio or video) format, you can transcribe the speech to text using the Notta Web App.

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When you have the transcript ready, just use the Notta AI Summary Generator to summarize the key highlights, different chapters, and action items — with the help of advanced AI. You can check my ultimate AI summarizers guide , where I've reviewed the 10 best apps for generating executive summaries.

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How Long Should an Executive Summary Be?

Typically, an executive summary should be 1-2 pages long — but that's not the exact length that you should follow. That's because there's no hard and fast rule to 'how long should an executive summary be.'

But there's a trick: the executive summary length will directly depend on the document you are summarizing. In the end, the length should engage the readers and keep them hooked till the end. Try not to include any fluff and focus only on the important details.

How to Write an Executive Summary for a Project Proposal? 

Every client needs a slightly tweaked proposal copy with all the necessary details and crucial terms included. While the complete project proposal is important to catch the potential client's eye, you'll also need a short and informative executive summary.

Here's how to write an executive summary of the project plan:

You must start by describing the problem briefly and clearly — using active words. While writing the problem, make sure to include why it needs a solution.

The next step is to give your client the proper solution — right away. Here, you'll need to include specific numbers and even outcomes to define possible profits that the client can expect.

It's not enough to write a problem and then give the solution — the real power lies in how well you explain it. Don't go into full detail, but give an overview of the steps that helped you reach the solution.

It might feel good to overlook the risks while presenting the project plan — but the best way to win the proposal is to include potential challenges and offer some ways to avoid them.

Remember, investors are not mind-readers, and neither are your customers. An executive summary of the business plan or project proposal is the sum of the ideas, vision, passion, and other important things you shared in the long document.

Key Takeaways

Many business owners often overlook the importance of an executive summary — but, in reality, it's one such document that can guide the team and help customers learn about the company. 

If you are struggling with how to write an executive summary , start by downloading a free template and then fill in the information according to your business plan. 

If that feels time-consuming, I'd recommend you check the AI note-taking tool like Notta . It can record, transcribe, and then summarize the media file into short, meaningful text.

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Whether presenting a business plan, sharing project updates with stakeholders, or submitting a project proposal, an executive summary helps you grab attention and convey key insights.

Think of it as a condensed version of a document, report, or proposal that highlights the most important information clearly and concisely. It's like a "cheat sheet" that gives you a snapshot of the main points without reading the entire thing.

Throughout the article, we'll explore some examples of executive summaries to give you a better understanding of how they can be applied. Plus, we'll provide you with ready-to-use templates and best practices for writing compelling executive summaries.

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What is an executive summary?

An executive summary is a concise overview of a longer document or report. It is typically written for busy executives or decision-makers who may not have the time to read the entire document but still need to grasp its key points and recommendations. 

An effective executive summary should capture the essence of the document, highlighting the most important information in a brief and easily understandable way. It should provide a snapshot of the document's purpose, methodology, major findings, and key recommendations. The summary should be written in a way that allows the reader to quickly grasp the main ideas and make informed decisions based on the information presented.

Why do you need to write one?

For a business owner , an executive summary is one of the most important documents you will have. Like a business plan , they help you lay out the potential value of your business and your potential for success. 

Unlike a business proposal, however, an executive summary is designed to be read in a brief amount of time. That makes them ideal for a variety of uses, like project proposals and research summaries. Sending your strategic plan to a prospective investor or stakeholder likely won’t get you far. But a brief report that clearly states your key findings and what’s in it for them might help you — and your proposal — stand out. It isn't all the details. It's what gets you the meeting to share more.

An executive summary is also a business document that can travel without you. It may be presented to other leaders and potential investors. If it’s written well, it will take on a life of its own. You may find that you get support and resources from places you never imagined.

What should be included in an executive summary?

Your executive summary should include brief descriptions of who your product, service, or proposal is for and your competitive advantage. Be sure to introduce your report concisely yet clearly . Note the most important points and its overall purpose––what do you hope to achieve with this report? 

Also, include any necessary background information and statistics about the industry, high-level information about your business model, necessary financial information, or other insights you discuss in the report. Depending on your proposal, you may want to consider summarizing a market analysis of your target market.

Typically, an executive summary follows a structured format, including sections such as:

  • Introduction: Provides a brief background and context for the document.
  • Objective or purpose: Clearly states the goal of the document and what it aims to achieve.
  • Methodology: Briefly describes the approach, data sources, and methods used to conduct the research or analysis.
  • Findings: Summarizes the main findings, conclusions, or results derived from the document.
  • Recommendations: Outlines the key recommendations or proposed actions based on the findings.
  • Conclusion: Provides a concise wrap-up of the main points and emphasizes the significance of the document.

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How do you write an executive summary?

When tackling an executive summary, it's all about following a structured approach to ensure you effectively communicate those crucial points, findings, and recommendations. Let’s walk through some steps and best practices to make it a breeze:

Step 1: Get to know the document

Take the time to dive into the full document or report that your executive summary will be based on. Read it thoroughly and identify the main objectives, key findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Step 2: Know your audience

Think about who you're writing the executive summary for. Consider their knowledge level, interests, and priorities. This helps you tailor the summary to their needs and make it relevant and impactful.

Step 3: Outline the structure

Create an outline for your executive summary with sections like introduction, objective, methodology, findings, recommendations, and conclusion. This way, you'll have a logical flow that's easy to follow.

Step 4: Start strong

Kick off your executive summary with a captivating opening statement. Make it concise, engaging, and impactful to hook the reader and make them want to keep reading.

Step 5: Summarize objectives and methodology

Give a brief overview of the document's objectives and the methodology used to achieve them. This sets the context and helps the reader understand the approach taken.

Step 6: Highlight key findings

Summarize the main findings, conclusions, or results. Focus on the juiciest and most relevant points that support the document's purpose. Keep it clear and concise to get the message across effectively.

Step 7: Present key recommendations

Outline the important recommendations or proposed actions based on the findings. Clearly state what needs to be done, why it matters, and how it aligns with the document's objectives. Make those recommendations actionable and realistic.

Step 8: Keep it snappy

Remember, an executive summary should be short and sweet. Skip unnecessary details, jargon, or technical language . Use straightforward language that hits the mark.

Step 9: Review and polish

Once you've written the executive summary, give it a careful review for clarity, coherence, and accuracy. Make sure it captures the essence of the full document and represents its content faithfully. Take the extra step to edit out any fluff or repetition.

Step 10: Dress to impress

Consider formatting and presentation. Use headings, bullet points, and formatting styles to make it visually appealing and easy to skim. If it makes sense, include some graphs, charts, or visuals to highlight key points.

Tips for writing an effective executive summary

  • Adapt your language and tone to suit your audience.
  • Keep things concise and crystal clear—say no to jargon.
  • Focus on the most important info that packs a punch.
  • Give enough context without overwhelming your reader.
  • Use strong and persuasive language to make your recommendations shine.
  • Make sure your executive summary makes sense even if the full document isn't read.
  • Proofread like a pro to catch any pesky grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Executive summary template for business plans

Here's a general template for creating an executive summary specifically for business plans:

[Your Company Name]

[Business Plan Title]

Business overview

Provide a brief introduction to your company, including its name, location, industry, and mission statement . Describe your unique value proposition and what sets your business apart from competitors.

Market analysis

Summarize the key findings of your market research. Provide an overview of the target market, its size, growth potential, and relevant trends. Highlight your understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors.

Product or service offering

Outline your core products or services, including their key features and benefits. Emphasize how your offerings address customer pain points and provide value. Highlight any unique selling points or competitive advantages.

Business model

Explain your business model and revenue generation strategy. Describe how you will generate revenue, the pricing structure, and any distribution channels or partnerships that contribute to your business's success.

Marketing and sales strategy

Summarize your marketing and sales approach. Highlight the key tactics and channels you will use to reach and attract customers. Discuss your promotional strategies, pricing strategies, and customer acquisition plans.

Management team

Introduce the key members of your management team and their relevant experience. Highlight their expertise and how it positions the team to execute the business plan successfully. Include any notable advisors or board members.

Financial projections

Summarize your financial projections, including revenue forecasts, expected expenses, and projected profitability. Highlight any key financial metrics or milestones. Briefly mention your funding needs, if applicable.

Funding requirements

If seeking funding, outline your funding requirements, including the amount needed, its purpose, and the potential sources of funding you are considering. Summarize the expected return on investment for potential investors.

Reiterate the vision and potential of your business. Summarize the key points of your business plan, emphasizing its viability, market potential, and the expertise of your team. Convey confidence in the success of your venture.

Note: Keep the executive summary concise and focused, typically within one to two pages. Use clear and compelling language, emphasizing the unique aspects of your business. Tailor the template to suit your specific business plan, adjusting sections and details accordingly.

Remember, the executive summary serves as an introduction to your business plan and should pique the reader's interest, conveying the value and potential of your business in a concise and persuasive manner.

Executive summary examples

Every executive summary will be unique to the organization's goals, vision, and brand identity. We put together two general examples of executive summaries to spark your creativity and offer some inspiration. 

These are not intended to be used as-is but more to offer ideas for how you may want to put your own executive summary together. Be sure to personalize your own summary with specific statistics and relevant data points to make the most impact.

Example 1: executive summary for a communications business plan

Introduction:

We're thrilled to present our innovative [insert product] that aims to revolutionize the way people connect and engage. Our vision is to empower individuals and businesses with seamless communication solutions that break barriers and foster meaningful connections.

Market opportunity:

The communications industry is evolving rapidly, and we've identified a significant opportunity in the market. With the proliferation of remote work, the need for reliable and efficient communication tools has skyrocketed. Our extensive market research indicates a demand for solutions that prioritize user experience, security, and flexibility.

Product offering:

At [Company Name], we've developed a suite of cutting-edge communication tools designed to meet the diverse needs of our customers. Our flagship product is a unified communication platform that integrates voice, video, messaging, and collaboration features into a seamless user experience. We also offer customizable solutions for businesses of all sizes, catering to their unique communication requirements.

Unique value proposition:

What sets us apart from the competition? Our user-centric approach and commitment to innovation. We prioritize user experience by creating intuitive interfaces and seamless interactions. Our solutions are scalable, adaptable, and designed to keep up with evolving technological trends. By combining ease of use with advanced features, we deliver unparalleled value to our customers.

Target market:

Our primary focus is on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that require efficient and cost-effective communication tools. We also cater to individuals, remote teams, and larger enterprises seeking reliable and secure communication solutions. Our target market encompasses industries such as technology, finance, healthcare, and professional services.

Business model:

To generate revenue, we employ a subscription-based business model. Customers can choose from different plans tailored to their specific needs, paying a monthly or annual fee. We also offer additional services such as customization, integration, and customer support, creating additional revenue streams and fostering long-term customer relationships.

Marketing and sales strategy:

Our marketing strategy centers around building brand awareness through targeted digital campaigns, content marketing, and strategic partnerships. We'll leverage social media, industry influencers, and online communities to reach our target audience. Additionally, our sales team will engage in proactive outreach, nurturing leads and providing personalized consultations to convert prospects into loyal customers.

Team and expertise:

Our team is composed of experienced professionals with a deep understanding of the communications industry. Led by our visionary founder and supported by a skilled and diverse team, we have the expertise to drive innovation, develop robust products, and deliver exceptional customer service. We're passionate about our mission and dedicated to making a lasting impact in the market.

Financial projections:

Based on extensive market research and financial analysis, we anticipate strong growth and profitability. Our financial projections indicate steady revenue streams, with increasing customer adoption and market share. We're committed to managing costs effectively, optimizing our resources, and continuously reinvesting in research and development.

Funding requirements:

To fuel our ambitious growth plans and accelerate product development, we're seeking [funding amount] in funding. These funds will be allocated towards expanding our team, scaling our infrastructure, marketing efforts, and ongoing product innovation. We believe this investment will position us for success and solidify our market presence.

Conclusion:

In summary, [Company Name] is poised to disrupt the communications industry with our innovative solutions and customer-centric approach. We're ready to make a positive impact by empowering individuals and businesses to communicate effectively and effortlessly. Join us on this exciting journey as we redefine the future of communication. Together, we'll shape a connected world like never before.

Example 2: executive summary for a project proposal

[Project Name]

[Project Proposal Date]

Hello! We're thrilled to present our project proposal for [Project Name]. This executive summary will provide you with a high-level overview of the project, its objectives, and the value it brings.

Project overview:

Our project aims to [describe the project's purpose and scope]. It's a response to [identify the problem or opportunity] and has the potential to bring significant benefits to [stakeholders or target audience]. Through meticulous planning and execution, we're confident in our ability to achieve the desired outcomes.

Objectives:

The primary goal of our project is to [state the overarching objective]. In addition, we have specific objectives such as [list specific objectives]. By accomplishing these goals, we'll create a positive impact and drive meaningful change.

Our proposed approach for this project is based on a thorough analysis of the situation and best practices. We'll adopt a structured methodology that includes [describe the key project phases or activities]. This approach ensures efficient utilization of resources and maximizes project outcomes.

The benefits of this project are truly exciting. Through its implementation, we anticipate [describe the anticipated benefits or outcomes]. These benefits include [list specific benefits], which will have a lasting and positive effect on [stakeholders or target audience].

Implementation timeline:

We've devised a comprehensive timeline to guide the project from initiation to completion. The project is divided into distinct phases, with well-defined milestones and deliverables. Our timeline ensures that tasks are executed in a timely manner, allowing us to stay on track and deliver results.

Resource requirements:

To successfully execute this project, we've identified the key resources needed. This includes [list the resources required, such as human resources, technology, equipment, and funding]. We're confident in our ability to secure the necessary resources and allocate them effectively to ensure project success.

A project of this nature requires a well-planned budget. Based on our analysis, we've estimated the required funding to be [state the budget amount]. This budget encompasses all project-related costs and aligns with the anticipated benefits and outcomes.

Our project proposal is an exciting opportunity to address [the problem or opportunity] and create tangible value for [stakeholders or target audience]. With a clear vision, defined objectives, and a robust implementation plan, we're ready to embark on this journey. Join us as we bring this project to life and make a lasting impact. 

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Is an executive summary the same as a project plan?

While both are important components of project management and documentation , they serve different purposes and contain distinct information.

An executive summary, as discussed earlier, is a concise overview of a longer document or report. It provides a snapshot of the key points, findings, and recommendations. It focuses on high-level information and aims to provide an overview of the document's purpose, methodology, findings, and recommendations.

On the other hand, a project plan is a detailed document that outlines the specific activities, tasks, timelines, resources, and milestones associated with a project. It serves as a roadmap for project execution, providing a comprehensive understanding of how the project will be carried out.

A project plan typically includes objectives, scope, deliverables, schedule, budget, resource allocation, risk management, and communication strategies. It is intended for project team members, stakeholders, and those directly involved in the execution.

In summary, an executive summary offers a condensed overview of a document's key points, while a project plan provides a comprehensive and detailed roadmap for executing a project.

Executive summaries vs. abstracts

An executive summary is not the same as an abstract. Executive summaries focus on the main points of a proposal. They highlight when and why a reader should invest in the company or project.

An abstract, on the other hand, concentrates on what the business does and its marketing plan. It typically doesn’t include detailed information about finances.

While it is usually compelling, it’s less of an elevator pitch and more of a summary. The goal of an abstract is to inform, not to persuade. On the other hand, the goal of an executive summary is to give readers who are pressed for time just enough information that they’ll want to look further into your proposition.

When do you use an executive summary?

An executive summary is used in various situations where there is a need to present a condensed overview of a longer document or report. Here are some common instances when an executive summary is used:

  • Business proposals: When submitting a business proposal to potential investors, partners, or stakeholders, an executive summary is often included. It provides a concise overview of the proposal, highlighting the key aspects such as the business idea, market analysis, competitive advantage, financial projections, and recommended actions.
  • Reports and research studies: Lengthy reports or research studies often include an executive summary at the beginning. This allows decision-makers, executives, or other stakeholders to quickly understand the purpose, methodology, findings, and recommendations of the report without going through the entire document.
  • Project updates: During the course of a project, project managers may prepare executive summaries to provide updates to stakeholders or higher-level management. These summaries give a brief overview of the project's progress, achievements, challenges, and upcoming milestones.
  • Strategic plans: When developing strategic plans for an organization, an executive summary is often included to provide an overview of the plan's goals, objectives, strategies, and key initiatives. It allows executives and stakeholders to grasp the essence of the strategic plan and its implications without reading the entire document.
  • Funding requests: When seeking funding for a project or venture, an executive summary is commonly used as part of the funding proposal. It provides a succinct summary of the project, highlighting its significance, potential impact, financial requirements, and expected outcomes.

In general, an executive summary is used whenever there is a need to communicate the main points, findings, and recommendations of a document concisely and efficiently to individuals who may not have the time or inclination to read the entire content. It serves as a valuable tool for understanding and facilitates quick decision-making.

5 ways project managers can use executive summaries

Project managers can use executive summaries in various ways to effectively communicate project updates, status reports, or proposals to stakeholders and higher-level management. Here are some ways project managers can use executive summaries:

  • Project status updates: Project managers can provide regular executive summaries to stakeholders and management to communicate the current status of the project. The summary should include key achievements, milestones reached, challenges encountered, and any adjustments to the project plan. It allows stakeholders to quickly grasp the project's progress and make informed decisions or provide guidance as needed.
  • Project proposals: When pitching a project idea or seeking approval for a new project, project managers can prepare an executive summary to present the essential aspects of the project. The summary should outline the project's objectives, scope, anticipated benefits, resource requirements, estimated timeline, and potential risks. It helps decision-makers understand the project's value and make an informed choice about its initiation.
  • Project closure reports: At the end of a project, project managers can prepare an executive summary as part of the project closure report. The summary should highlight the project's overall success, key deliverables achieved, lessons learned, and recommendations for future projects. It provides a concise overview of the project's outcomes and acts as a valuable reference for future initiatives.
  • Steering committee meetings: When project managers present updates or seek guidance from a steering committee or governance board, an executive summary can be an effective tool. The summary should cover the important aspects of the project, such as progress, issues, risks, and upcoming milestones. It ensures that decision-makers are well-informed about the project's status and can provide relevant guidance or support.
  • Change requests: When submitting a change request for a project, project managers can include an executive summary to summarize the proposed change, its impact on the project, potential risks, and benefits. It helps stakeholders and decision-makers quickly assess the change request and make informed decisions about its implementation.

Using executive summaries, project managers can efficiently communicate project-related information to stakeholders, executives, and decision-makers. The summaries provide a concise overview of the project's status, proposals, or closure reports, allowing stakeholders to quickly understand the key points and take appropriate action.

When should you not use an executive summary?

While executive summaries are widely used in many situations, there are some cases where they may not be necessary or suitable. Here are a few scenarios where an executive summary may not be appropriate, along with alternative approaches:

  • Highly technical documents: If the document contains highly technical or specialized information that requires a detailed understanding, an executive summary alone may not be sufficient. In such cases, it is better to provide the complete document and supplement it with explanatory materials, presentations , or meetings where experts can explain and discuss the technical details.
  • Personal or creative writing: Executive summaries are typically used for informational or analytical documents. If the content is more personal in nature, such as a memoir, novel, or creative piece, an executive summary may not be relevant. Instead, focus on providing an engaging introduction or book blurb that entices readers and conveys the essence of the work.
  • Short documents: If the document itself is already concise and can be easily read in its entirety, an executive summary may be redundant. In these cases, it is more effective to present the complete document without an additional summary.
  • Interactive presentations: In situations where you can present information interactively, such as in meetings, workshops, or conferences, it may be more effective to engage the audience directly rather than relying solely on an executive summary. Use visual aids, demonstrations, discussions, and Q&A sessions to convey the necessary information and capture the audience's attention.

Final thoughts on writing a compelling executive summary

An executive summary isn’t the kitchen sink — it’s the bells and whistles. Geared toward busy decision-makers, these one-pagers communicate your case for action and proposed solutions. When it’s written well, your audience will walk away with an understanding of what needs to be done, why it needs to happen, and why they should help it move forward. 

But writing it well doesn’t just mean spell-checking. It means tailoring your communication to an influential, yet busy and distracted audience. To be effective, you’ll need to write your proposal with empathy and an understanding of what matters to them .

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How to Write a Captivating Executive Summary

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If this is a question you’ve asked yourself, it might be why your proposals are not getting the results you want. In our research into the business proposals sent out through our service, we discovered that the introduction is the section clients spend the most time on. 

With that being said, it makes sense to work a bit more on your opening proposal chapter. In this article, we’ll explain the importance of an executive summary, give you some actionable tips for writing it, and more. 

Our guide will work for any type of industry and company and every tip we give is based on our own research and data. 

What is an executive summary?

An executive summary or a proposal introduction is the opening chapter of your business proposal. It summarizes the proposal and sets the tone of the proposal for your client. Seeing how it’s at the top of the document, it needs to catch the attention of the reader and provide value without being too long. 

Despite being first in order, it should be the last thing you write in your proposal. Only once you have detailed your solution can you write an impactful summary of it. Your executive summary should outline the solution you’re providing for your client and how it’s going to solve the problem at hand. 

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The rest of the proposal can detail the solution, provide time scales, social proof and the pricing. 

The executive summary is created to help clients, investors and stakeholders understand your solution and whether they want to proceed with the proposal. It needs to have a strict format, which we’ll explain in detail a bit later. 

The importance of an executive summary

Don’t be surprised if writing the executive summary takes as long as the rest of the proposal. Your introduction holds the power to encourage clients to read the rest of the document. If it’s hard to get through, they might close the proposal then and there. 

Your executive summary shouldn’t be longer than a page and you should be mindful of the words you use. Our tip is to use your client’s words to describe the problem they’re facing. It will show them that you’ve listened to them and understood their point of view. 

Of course, before you even start working on your proposal, you should conduct a discovery call . It will help you better understand your client’s needs and goals as well as how to shape your approach. 

There is no place for guessing in your proposals, you need to have the answers to all of your questions before you write out your solution and decide on the price. 

Once you describe the problem in your client’s words, briefly explain what your solution is and how quickly can you bring them results as well as a return on investment. 

If you’re just starting out with proposal writing, it might be hard to reach the right balance. Luckily, we can help you with that. 

The bits of information you need to have in the executive summary are: 

  • A greeting customized to your client
  • A brief overview of your client’s issue
  • A few sentences about your solution
  • A call to action that encourages your client to keep reading

The most common mistakes people make in their proposal introduction are trying to oversell their products and services and not personalizing their approach to every individual client.  

With Better Proposals’ merge tags, you can rest assured, knowing that even when you recycle your documents, you won’t need to manually rewrite the name of the client, brand, or company. 

How to write an executive summary?

As we’ve already said, don’t start writing your executive summary until you’ve finished the rest of the proposal. Only then will you be able to condense everything into a short introduction. 

Your summary should be driven by emotion. It should create excitement among your readers and make them want to start a business relationship with you. If you oversell your expertise from the start, you’ll cheapen your proposal and your clients will have a hard time connecting with your solution. 

Although there are a lot of sources on the Internet that say that your introduction needs to outline each of the proposal chapters, it’s best not to do this. If your next chapters are only repeating the facts stated in the summary, you’ll end up with a long and complicated document. 

Think of your clients while creating your proposals and make sure they are easy to read and speed up your proposal process instead of lengthening it. The introduction should pique the interest of your readers and get them to read the rest of your proposal, instead of giving them all the answers upfront. 

Don’t underestimate your clients by thinking they won’t read the entire proposal. When it comes to important things like business, they will want to know every piece of information you’re offering. 

Keep it short

There is no need to write out a long prelude to your proposal. Let your solution speak for itself. If you need to hype it up with fluff and empty sentences that don’t bring anything new to the table, your proposal will fail. 

Short proposal introduction

A good rule of thumb used by essay service specialists is to write everything out and then edit out anything that isn’t bringing new value or information. Make sure your introduction holds enough information, while still being easy to get through. 

The tone of your proposal should be hopeful and enthusiastic. Even if you’re going to be in a bad spot if you don’t win this deal, you shouldn’t show that in your proposal. Keep the tone light and win over the client with your eagerness to help their business. 

Know when to talk about yourself

We know that this might sound counterintuitive, but your executive summary isn’t the place to talk about yourself, your company and your accomplishments. If you do that, you’ll lose the attention of your client. 

They are interested in how you’ll help them reach their goals, not in your values or the history of your business. 

Use your introduction to reel them in and make them feel excited about working with you. There will be better placements in your proposal for talking about your achievements. For example, a positive review will go a long way in your pricing section. 

Remember, your clients already researched you and your company and had a meeting or call with you, so you don’t have to repeat that information. Instead, talk about your customized solution and how you researched the client's company and their competitors. 

Show that you’ve done your work and truly understand your client’s issues and potential problems that may appear in the future. 

Rely on a good proposal tool

In order to speed up your proposal process and not have to create all of them from scratch, you should invest in a good proposal tool. With Better Proposals, you’ll be able to quickly create and send a beautifully designed proposal that will help you win more deals. 

We have a vast library of proposal templates that you can easily customize to fit your needs. The editor is easy to use and doesn’t require any design experience. If you can navigate Facebook, you’ll easily be able to master our proposal editor in no time. 

All of our proposals are web-based, meaning they will get sent as custom landing pages.  This allows you to track your proposals and clients with analytics. You will get notified every time someone opens or forwards your proposal and you’ll even get to see how much time they spent reading each of the sections. 

The proposals serve as a one-stop-shop for the majority of your proposal process. They come with a digital signature solution that allows your clients to sign the proposal as soon as they agree to the terms and conditions. This means that you can avoid printing out your proposals altogether. 

Why is this important? Because printing decreases the chances of conversion by 88% . 

Printing out a proposal

The easier you make it for your clients to receive and agree to your proposal, the quicker this whole process will be. That’s why other than the digital signature, we also included a payment option that allows the client to pay the first fee through the proposal itself. 

We support PayPal, Stripe and GoCardless, which will cover the majority of your clients. 

Ask for help

Once you write your proposal introduction, make sure to ask your colleagues what they think about it. 

Do they think it’s:

  • easy to get through
  • written in the right tone of voice
  • evoking the right emotions
  • making you want to read the rest of the proposal

Listen to what your team members have to say and make changes if needed. Make sure to proofread it and end the executive summary with a CTA that invites the client to keep reading. 

If you’re using Better Proposals, you can rely on proposal AI to help you out once your proposal is done. It will give you actionable tips on how to improve your proposal. The data our AI uses is gathered by analyzing all the successfully signed and paid proposals using our service. 

In order to be even more effective, proposal AI will use only the data from the proposals that fall into your industry. 

Now that you know how to write an impactful proposal introduction, we’ve prepared some extra tips for you. 

Firstly, make sure you’re not placing blame on anyone. It’s easy to start your executive summary by stating how your predecessors did a bad job or how the client’s company should’ve reached out to you earlier. 

This won’t get you far. Negative emotions aren’t a good start for a business relationship. You should state the problem at hand and go straight to your solution. The less you focus on how things got so bad, the more space you have to write about your approach, as well as the benefits and ROI. 

Secondly, if you’re in a highly competitive field and have a lot of competition, you can acknowledge that in your proposal. If your prices are higher than theirs, you’ll have to justify that. On the other hand, if you have a different process than others, you'll need to dive into those differences and explain how you’ll bring results to your clients. 

Thirdly, think about the words you’re using. Our advice is to stay away from buzz words like:

  • Circle back
  • Touchpoints
  • And similar ones

They will cheapen your proposal and make it seem like you’re trying to overcompensate for a solution that won’t necessarily meet their expectations. 

Lastly, make sure your summary, as well as the rest of your proposal, is in line with your branding. As important as customization and personalization are, some parts of your proposals shouldn’t change. 

You need to be true to who you are and keep your style thought your proposal process. 

Key takeaways 

Gaining new leads and turning them into clients isn’t an easy task. You have to work on your first impression, invest time in building a relationship with your potential client and get to the point at which they request a proposal. 

Once your proposal process starts, you might get overwhelmed, especially if you’re creating them from scratch. However, if you’re using helpful tools, you can raise the quality of your process as well as speed it up. 

Our guide will help you write amazing executive summaries that will engage your readers and make sure they read the entirety of your proposal. You don’t need to take our word for it, instead, read a case study on our client Cre8iv Click. 

Sign up for Better Proposals’ free trial and experience the ease of creating and sending beautifully designed documents. If you have any questions, our customer support team will guide you through them. They will happily be there for you every step of the way. 

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Top 10 Proposal Executive Summary Templates With Samples And Examples

Top 10 Proposal Executive Summary Templates With Samples And Examples

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If you are a business that’s just starting out, acquiring capital is non-negotiable. You need to attract investors and procure crucial funding to keep your operations afloat. One of the vital methods through which businesses seek investors’ attention is through a business proposal.

Drawing up a logical, persuasive proposal that hits the investor sweet-spot is a must to gain investor favour and elevate your status. Add to the proposal an executive summary that shrinks the bigger picture down for your audience, and your chances of getting funding improve substantially.

In this blog, were going to be dissecting and examining 13 templates for proposal executive summaries, all with have their own unique flavour.

Each of these templates is 100% customizable and editable, adding to the utility and the wonder of the product, as it were.

If you are a researcher, use this blog to help you in crafting a world-class executive summary. Researchers looking for grants will find this blog from SlideTeam, a special presentation, extremely valuable. Click here to access these templates that use some of the principles enunciated below.

Template 1: Executive Summary Outsourcing Proposal PPT Presentation

A fine PPT presentation that illuminates the inner dynamics of your company, this template is a sure way to boost confidence among employees and investors. The comprehensive 79-slide presentation adds class and sophistication to your hands-on experience to help you showcase the reasons for why you should get the funding. The slides in this PPT Presentation discuss your company’s agenda, mission, vision. One of the slides expands on the key aspects of the company, while another one incorporates an executive dashboard with a host of prime metrics, including sales distribution, support expenses, revenue and more. A sales dashboard, a financial dashboard, a summary of market opportunity and key potential customers all come built into the exhaustive presentation template.

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Template 2: Executive summary of business venture proposal

To anyone looking to make a statement, this is the template. Against a clear wide background, the slide includes three prime subheadings, What’s the service/product? What’s the core problem you are solving? and lastly, What’s your big vision? Customize and enhance the dashboard to fit your needs.

Executive Summary of Business Venture Proposal

Template 3: Executive Summary for Trade Services

Impress upon the audience your expertise of your domain with this PPT Template. It is on trade services, and radiates charm with its sleek design and strong color grading. What’s the product/service? What’s the core problem you are solving? and What’s your big vision? Customize the dashboard and make a prominent statement of your own with it.

Executive Summary for Trade Services

Template 4: Executive Summary for Business Proposal

Designing a business proposal and getting investors onboard is a momentous task. Lighten the burden with the aid of a solid dashboard like this. The simple, yet effective template incorporates a clean white background and three subheadings that are vital to the proposal on the offering, the vision and the pain point addressed through the visuals.

Executive Summary for Business Proposal

Template 5: Executive Summary of Commercial Proposal

With this template, showcase the essentials of your business to the people that you need to win over. The slide can be edited and altered as per your needs, and is armed with three critical variables at the bottom of the dashboard, again related to pain point, the solutions offered and at what price point?

Executive Summary of Commercial Proposal

Template 6: One-Page Grant Proposal Executive Summary

If you’re pitching a great idea to investors, claim control of the narrative with the help of a intuitively-designed template. The details are laid out in a crisp font, while employing a striking color palette. While the upper half of the template includes the name and the date, the lower half includes the project title, the objectives of the project, the expected outcome, and lastly, the funds required for the project.

One Page Grant Proposal Executive Summary

Template 7: Investment Opportunity Proposal Executive Summary

Project authority and competence with the aid of this template. The top half of the dashboard includes some key details, including the funds required for the company, the location, the date and the funding timeline. Meanwhile, the bottom half has an inventively-designed structure that lays out your future plans in an appealing and digestible manner.

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Template 8: Seed Funding Proposal Executive Summary

This PPT presentation is a seed funding proposal to wow investors and install confidence in your company. A blend of fine aesthetics, appealing font and attractive color grading makes this a dashboard that is sure to make heads turn. The location, date, funding timeline, and the funds required are present at the top half of the dashboard, while a stretch of space at the bottom allows you to add your company vision to inspire confidence in your operations.

Seed Funding Proposal - Executive Summary

Template 9: One-Pager Product Marketing Campaign Project Proposal Executive Summary

Any successful business would need to master the art of marketing. With this template, we give you the chance to prove your expertise in this vital business operation. This slide lays the content of your marketing campaign out in detail, with visuals to support your cause. The contact information, company overview, services and capabilities, client summary, client requirements and solution, project services, budget and timeframe are integrated into the slide.

One Pager Product Marketing Campaign Project Proposal Executive Summary

Template 10: Executive Summary Recruitment Proposal

Here is a template that allows you to set yourself apart. At the top of the dashboard, the company’s mission and vision are laid out, while the background, capabilities and accreditation fill up the centre of the slide. Positioned at the bottom are promoters and shareholders and financial highlights.

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Template 11: Executive Summary Financial Proposal

This template presents your organization to investors and clients in an elegant manner. It has been rendered with bold visuals, and incorporates some key parameters essential to keeping your brand on track – background, the company’s capabilities and accreditation. Meanwhile, a graph has been spread out at the bottom detailing the financial highlights, followed by the promoters and shareholders’ section.

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Template 12: Executive Summary of Commercial Proposal

If you’re seeking to add finesse to your brand image and get investors onboard, you could benefit from this template. Like a few other templates in this article, it has three primary subheadings – What’s the service/product? What’s the core problem you are solving? and What’s your big vision? It sets itself apart from other dashboards on our list with its well-curated image and organic visuals that are sure to win people’s appeal.

Executive Summary of Commercial Proposal

Template 13: Executive Summary For Grant Budget Proposal

A tightly crafted proposal could make a difference when you’re out there, seeking financiers for your business. We present to you a template made with this goal in mind. Some of the key characteristics of the dashboard include an overview section, where you get to expand on the nuances and intricacies of your project, followed by an objective section and a section outlining the description of the program.

Executive Summary for Grant Budget Proposal

FAQs on Proposal Executive Summaries

How do you write an executive summary for a proposal.

There are three major steps to drafting an impactful executive summary. The first would be to define the problem. This would be where you lay out the objectives of your operation, and the problem that your organization aims to solve. Next, go on and lay out the solution to the problem as you framed it. Give investors a broader picture of what the solution would look like and how it would be implemented. Lastly, showcase to the investors and stakeholders that you can make this happen. This is where you discuss your expertise, your qualifications, and your prior knowledge of the subject. Using relevant statistics is a big plus.

Do you need an executive summary with a proposal?

An executive summary helps to simplify and narrow down the pivotal points of a business proposal. Executive summaries are crucial as they offer, to an audience, the foundational aspects of a proposal in a limited time span. Thus, integrating them with the proposal could boost your chances of getting the fund requirement that you seek.

What are the four main components of an executive summary?

Business plans/proposals: This is where the executives of the organization draw out a business overview with the goal of persuading investors to fund their operations.

Sales reports: Adding extensive sales reports with financial highlights could help court attention from investors and inspire confidence in your business.

Marketing proposals: A strategic marketing plan can help draw investor confidence in your business’ ability to further goals and attain market dominance.

Professional resumes: A brief summary of your career, qualifications, and experience in the domain of business that you inhabit is essential to instilling confidence in your ability as a leader.

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Arguably, the executive summary is the most important part of a proposal. However, most people are confused about its purpose. Some confuse it as the part that contains the summary of the whole proposal, but contrary to that belief, an executive summary is not about summarizing at all; it is all about selling your proposal. Since it is the the first glimpse your reader will have of your entire proposal, it must be able to compel them to approve and allocate funds whatever it is that you are proposing.

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As mentioned, an executive summary is basically what your audience reads first; therefore, it must contain compelling and enticing information about what you are proposing. In addition to that, it must be able to encourage them to read through your entire document. The basics for what you are asking must be clearly present in this part of the proposal. With that in mind, this article will discuss the significance as well as how to write an effective executive summary for a proposal.

Purpose of an Executive Summary in a Proposal

The first mistake people commit when they are writing an executive summary is thinking that it is merely just a summary. The word summary  in this case is misleading; people often think that when they make an executive summary they only have to summarize their entire document into 250 words. More often than not, people just rehash everything from page one until the last page in order to make an executive summary. However, an executive summary is more than just a summarized version of the entire proposal, it holds more purpose than that.

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By definition, an executive summary is a “brief but comprehensive synopsis of a business plan or an investment proposal, which highlights its key points and is generally adapted for the external audience.” Meaning to say, it is basically a standalone persuasive document that lays out the business case you are trying to make. It is the first part of a proposal that is usually two to four pages long. But more than that, it is called a standalone document because it is expected to make important sense even with the absence of the other parts of the proposal. This is because it covers and highlights key information presented in all the other sections of the proposal.

The main purpose of an executive summary is to sell whatever it is that you are proposing. It should help you get that seal of approval when it comes to proposing a business endeavor, a solution, and so on. It should be persuasive and it should outline why the client has to choose you among the others. And since it is supposed to be brief, it should be specific and focused on the results itself. Instead of focusing on the features of your company/products/services, it should highlight the benefits of working with your company or acquiring your products and/or services.

The executive summary of your proposal should immediately grab your reader’s attention and spark their interest. But aside from that, it allows your reader to know more about you, what you specialize in, and your strengths as a company/organization. Therefore, an executive summary responsible for making you, your business, and what you do known to your readers so that you can persuade them to transact business with you.

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When to Use and Write an Executive Summary

An executive summary is more appropriate to use for complex projects with big corporate clients. In ordinary cases, a client can read through the entirety of your proposal in most projects. However, when it involves complicated milestones, a big budget, and lots of moving pieces, it is always a good idea to present a bird’s eye view of your recommended solution through your executive summary.

As mentioned, an executive summary is best suited for complex projects, this just means that a proposal with more components requires an elaborate yet comprehensive executive summary. This is because with the complexity of the document, your client may not be able to read through its entirety; thus, the executive summary will explain to the readers what you are proposing, how you will be able to do it, what you can offer, and so on. It also acts as your persuasion tool to encourage your readers to read forward. However, when a client explicitly asks you to include an executive summary in your proposal, you should always oblige.

On another note, there has been a debate about when to write an executive summary. Is it written before or after the entire proposal is completed? Although others strongly suggest that it is more logical to write the executive summary after you have completed your proposal, a more counterintuitive yet effective approach is to write it first. It only makes sense that an executive summary is written last since you can easily pick out the key information of all the other sections and highlight it in the executive summary. However, writing it first means that you have an outline that will guide you through your brainstorming process.

Writing the executive summary first also means that you can filter all the ideas your teams have in order to have an effective pitch to you client. Although this process may take more time upfront, it will guide your focus as you continue to write the full proposal. With the executive summary loosely outline in the beginning, you can confidently delegate the creation of the different parts of the proposal to your team members. Once the entire proposal is finished, you can just go back to your executive summary and tweak it if needed.

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How to Write an Executive Summary for a Proposal

Now that you know the purpose as well as when to use and write an executive summary, you can begin writing it. However, even if there is not set standard in writing the executive summary, you still have to make sure you clearly get your point across in order to persuade your readers to approve your proposal. With that, here is a guide on how to effectively write the executive summary for your proposal:

1. Capture readers attention through an opener

You should open the executive summary of your proposal in a compelling way. You should immediately capture your readers’ attention and pique their interest through talking about them and not by talking about you. Talking all about you in your opener may be interpreted as you being focused on achieving your personal goals instead of your client’s, and it may discourage them. You should also focus on the issue and the result, but be direct, concise, and evocative. Remember that your opener is your chance to hook your readers in and get them excited for what’s next. You might want to check out how to write a professional summary .

2. Express understanding of their need/s

A client will only give you a chance or approve your proposal once they know that you understand what they want and need. Besides, there is no way for you to solve a problem that you don’t understand. In that case, you should also demonstrate that you have a clear grasp of your client’s situation. In this part, you can include findings from your own research and your experience in handling similar situations. You should also use this opportunity to talk about the benefits the clients will have once the problem is solved, what will change, the positive outcomes, and the overall results.

3. Give your solution to their need

Since both of the previous parts’ only focus is on the client, this part is where you should shine a spotlight on your company. This is the part where you talk about the brilliant, innovative, and effective solution you have for the problem/s the client has. You should also briefly explain why you are confident your solution will work. However, you need to remember that this is just an overview; they will know more of the details on the other section of your proposal. You only need to include enough details that will convince them that you have something serious and effective.

4. Present evidence that you can do it

This part is where you can showcase what your company has. You should talk about why your company, your team, or your product is more than qualified to take the responsibility of solving the client’s problem. You can present evidence through explaining that this is your niche market and you have quite an experience helping companies with similar situations, or you have the particular skill set that can help effectively solve the problem, or you have won recognition in this area and you know you can make this happen. Simply put, emphasize why you are more than capable of doing the job.

5. Include a call-to-action

Lastly, since the main purpose of the executive summary is to sell, this part is where you should close the deal. You should make the client know and feel that you are the best option to do the job and that they will be in good hands once they got you on their side. You can also present why you are better than your competitors and present what differentiates you from them. Aside from that, you can also include proof that your solution is the one that will make their lives so much easier. In addition, you can also express flattery on why you want to work with them and how you both can be successful.

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Dos and Don’ts in Writing an Executive Summary for a Proposal

The guide has given you an outline and ideas on how you can effectively write the executive summary for your proposal. Now is the time for you to know the dos and don’ts that you have to keep in mind through your writing process. Hence, here is a list of the dos and don’ts when writing an executive summary for your proposal:

  • Don’t make it too long. The “summary” in its name refers to brevity and clarity.
  • Do focus on your client.  Your client is your priority, make it known by talking more about them instead of talking about you.
  • Don’t use jargon. This can only lead to confusion and sounding like you don’t know what you are talking about.
  • Do mention your client’s company name.  Referencing your client’s full company in different parts of the executive summary can make them feel like you are only focused on them.
  • Don’t use overly technical words/terms.  There is no guarantee that the reader will be able to understand such words/terms; save technical stuff for the proposal where definitions can be explained.
  • Do use plain but professional language.  Like in any writing tasks, use simple, short sentences that are easily understood by anyone of any reading level.
  • Don’t talk about company history.  The history of the company is not relevant in the executive summary. If it is appropriate and relevant, you can put it under the “About Us” section of the proposal.
  • Do proofread and edit.  Make sure you don’t submit a paper that has a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. Allow other team members to read through the document to ensure there are no mistakes before submitting it.

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Pitching a business idea to an investor is enough to break down even the most prepared entrepreneurs. If you’re scrambling to get your value proposition across while fighting the clock, your business plan can quickly fall apart — along with your confidence.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can write a great business plan and deliver it — almost — without breaking a sweat. The key to success is summarizing your thoughts in a concise summary. In this article, you’ll learn how to grab your stakeholders’ attention and deliver all the key information with an effective executive summary template.

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What is a business executive summary template?

A business executive summary template is a framework for highlighting the core points of your business plan with your target audience in mind. In the template, you’ll have space to fill out all information that pertains to the management of your business. This can include sales and marketing strategies, figures related to the staff and other expenses, and short and long-term objectives.

One way to think of the summary is as an elevator pitch that seeks to convey as much information as possible in the shortest time.

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Why use a business executive summary template?

With the business executive summary template, all you have to do is distill down the essential parts of your business plan into easy-to-digest words. Bullet point lists and short sentences can help get across the most important information in a way that’s brief and scannable.

You can use the business executive summary template as a guide for boiling down the basics of your company for potential investors. Without a summary template, you may neglect to mention significant aspects of your business that could detrimentally affect your pitch. The last thing you want is to create an executive summary that’s long-winded and padded out with irrelevant data.

Give investors a pitch to remember by creating a hard-hitting executive summary that’s granular yet concise — which you can use a template to do. Often, this approach will yield better results than the long-winded approach since you condense the information down into a palatable presentation.

It also ensures that you use a consistent format each time you create a new one, which makes them skimmable for busy investors and high-level executives — in fact, investors have little time to read pitch decks, with an average time spent of 3 minutes and 44 seconds . This evidence suggests that investors don’t have time for reading the entire document, so you only have a few minutes to get your message across.

A business executive summary template can also streamline your pitching process. If you have meetings with various investors, you can plug in and swap out information according to the individuals you’re pitching to. The dawn of a new year can bring the promise of fresh investment, yet the reality is that as of February 2022, investor activity has declined by 5.56% .

What are some examples of business executive summary templates?

Let’s look at a few business executive summary template examples.

Problem resolution

Highlight the customer pain point you’re looking to address with your business, and you’ll quickly capture the interest of your audience.

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A business idea that doesn’t solve an obvious problem can be left by the wayside if investors don’t see the potential financial gain. Customers should have a compelling reason to buy the product or service, and if you can’t prove that you have one, investors won’t have a reason to invest.

Risk and opportunity analysis

With the risk and opportunity analysis, you can show off your knowledge of your target market and where your business fits in. Demonstrate to investors that you’ve carried out the research and prove that the opportunity is there for the taking.

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When you show an understanding of your target audience and what the competition offers, you give the investor an overview of what risks they’ll assume and what they could gain.

Action plan summary

When evaluating business pitches, investors generally appreciate a clear roadmap for the business’s long-term success. Highlight the route to market, including your market strategy, and indicate any obstacles you’ll face to demonstrate that you’ve thought it through.

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When you present a bulleted list of next steps or actions for your management team to take, you prove to investors that you’re forward-thinking and can elevate your business with financial backing. Investors ultimately want to know where their money will be going, so they’ll want to see that information when they read your executive summary.

monday.com’s business executive summary template

Use monday.com business executive summary template to take the core information from your business plan and break it down into bite-sized takeaways for investors. Our template gives you something to work from by giving you a space to create a central knowledge base. When it comes time to draw up your executive summary, you just need to enter the information and change it according to who you’re pitching to.

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monday.com Work OS real-time tracking and analytics can help you reinforce every point you make in your summary with data. That way, you can show off your understanding of the current state of the market as well as future trends.

monday.com workdocs can be another useful tool to aid your quest for investment, as you can pass your summary around and receive valuable feedback. With monday.com workdocs, it’s easy to collaborate on business documents, share comments, and ultimately promote teamwork. Since it’s important to get the summary right, you want as many people to see it as possible so you can present an airtight pitch to investors.

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Business executive summary template tips and tricks

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using a business executive summary template.

1. Carry out a market analysis

If you want to create an effective business plan executive summary, it’s best to start with a thorough market analysis. If you can sprinkle relevant statistics and figures into your summary, there’s a greater chance it’ll do a better job of convincing investors to part with their cash.

Without market research to back up your claims, investors won’t have any real data to latch onto. If you were to pitch a brick-and-mortar business a few months into the pandemic in 2020, you’d likely be laughed out of the boardroom.

If you show investors that you have your finger on the pulse of market trends, they’ll listen up.

2. Use financial projections

Think about where your business could fit into the market, not only today but several months and even years from now. Consider the market share you could conceivably reach and what your figures might be based on your closest competition.

Financial projections are critical to the success of any pitch. The bottom line is investors want to make money, so they’re not likely to invest in a business that will operate at a loss.

3. Remember that it’s a summary, not a plan

The business executive summary is called such because it should be drawn up after you’ve created a detailed business plan. If you were to try and create it before making your business plan, you may leave out important information that could prove costly.

FAQs about business executive summary templates

Let’s go over the answers to some common questions about business executive summary templates.

What does an executive business summary include?

An executive business summary should include all of the following information:

  • Financial information and projections
  • Route to market
  • Sales and marketing strategy
  • Business goals and objectives
  • Competitor analysis
  • Allocation of funds
  • Next steps to ensure your business comes to fruition

How do you write an executive summary for a business plan?

To write an executive summary, you need to take all the most important information from your business plan and present it clearly. A good way to approach the summary is to assume that it will be the only text the investors will read. This is often a reality, as investors safeguard their time and receive many pitches throughout the day. With that in mind, you want the summary to contain everything investors need to know without having to read the rest, according to the elements laid out in the template.

How long should an executive summary be?

Ideally, an executive summary should capture the investors’ attention and deliver all the key points in the space of a few minutes. The shorter, the better, but as a general goal, it’s wise to aim for two pages maximum, or 10% of your entire business plan.

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Executive Summary Example

The Executive Summary writing could be overwhelming. Hence we have come up with a detailed business plan executive summary example . We hope that this example explains you well and helps you with an executive summary outline that serves your objection.

Important details about the example:

The following example is explicitly drawn out for people wanting to start child care services in America. The business name/domain and other important details are fictional facts and figures. We, as a company has solely used the details to draw an example for our readers like you. Any relevance in the details and the format of the business plan’s executive summary is completely coincidental.

Executive Summary Example of a Child Care Business Plan:

Executive summary for samantha’s child care services.

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Samantha’s Child Care Services is a day child care service center in Seattle, Washington.

The center offers daycare and hands-on learning facilities for children between three to five. The center is headed by Samantha Wheeler, from UCLA University with 15 years of experience working as Principal of CIS of Seattle.

The main objective of presenting this executive summary for child care is to seek investments.

Today’s children need a hands-on learning experience right from the start. They need to learn the lessons that don’t feel like ‘learning’. They should not feel forced to learn. Rather, they must enjoy it. They need a curriculum that allows them to read, write, play, and have fun.

On the contrary, the school system is failing.

Samatha Wheeler, the founder, and director of Samantha’s Child Care Services is trained and has been teaching and looking after children for more than 5 years.

According to her experience, here are the solutions Samantha’s Child Care Services offer:

  • Offering practical learning experiences
  • Including activities like developing activities in art, self-defense, robotics, phonics, and others under the same roof.
  • We will nurture and look after the neighborhood children like their parents would by offering more than just babysitting.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to offer holistic childcare along with fun and engaging extracurricular activities to children. So that they don’t miss the joy of community.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to offer every child here fun and an international standard daycare center where kids can be groomed and prepared to be leaders of tomorrow.

Target Market

Samantha’s Child Care Services will be offering child care/development for infants aged three to five.

Our services are specifically for families where both parents (or all elders) are working professionals. And due to work obligations, can not manage child care during the day.

Which includes:

  • Corporate Executives
  • Business Professionals
  • Sports Professionals
  • Government Officials

We will be targeting parents and guardians who are looking for a daycare center that offers help in the overall development of their child.

Competition and Competitive Advantages:

Direct competition:.

  • Sunflower Day Care
  • Little Lilies Child Care

Indirect Competition:

Tertiary competition:, competitive advantages.

  • We offer quality childcare services with hands-on early education at affordable prices
  • Everything that a child needs for a healthy and happy childhood, we provide under one roof.
  • It’s not just another child care center. But a child’s second home. Where every child is looked after and nurtured, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Procedure and Implementations

The current procedure at Samantha’s Child Care Services are:

  • Renovating the center
  • Management provisions
  • Recruiting teacher’s staff
  • Recruiting a team of pediatric nurses and counselors
  • Setting up the marketing team
  • Culinary team to suffice breakfast and lunch provision

Financial Summary

Samantha’s Child Services has been a side hustle for the last two years. During that time, it’s been quite stable. However, upon the thought of expansion, here are a few financial facts and figures for Samantha’s Child Care Services:

  • Our sales projections for the first year are $270,000.
  • We project a growth rate of 10% per year for the first three years.
  • The salary for each partner will be $30,000

Financing Requirements

We are seeking an operating line of $100,000 to finance our first-year growth. Samantha Wheeler, the founder has invested $47,000 to meet working capital requirements.

Write executive summary for your business plan

1. Define your business idea

It is very important to mention what you do, how you do it, and for whom you do it. Of course, you don’t have to go into the details of how you started. Explain the purpose of your business and the impact it brings to the market.

2. Identify business metrics

The business metrics are also called key performance indicators . These key indicators vary with the type of business. However, here are a few metrics you can consider regardless of your business-

  • Year-on-year revenue
  • Number of customers and users
  • Industry rankings and positions
  • Marketing investments and results
  • Year-on-year return on investments

3. Pay attention to your niche

While you get into framing your business plan, stay close and true to your niche. Study the recent trends and techniques going on in the industry. Try to be a little intuitive so that you can see those trends and techniques. We would suggest you go through the business plans that have worked in your industry. This will help you to stand out from your competitors.

4. Use simple language

Any person, regardless of his/her age and designation, has an attention span of 5th grade. Plus your readers are busy. They are looking for a business and do not want to be impressed by your vocabulary. In that case, write your content in the simplest manner possible. The best is if you can stick to your industry lingo. In any case, writing short and easy sentences with a decent vocabulary is the best fit for your executive summary for the business plan.

5. Don’t write the executive summary first

Writing an executive summary first can put you in a big confusion. Because, it is simply too early to give any facts and figures, let alone the briefs. To write a business plan , you need to do a lot of research. You need to go to the very bottom of all the aspects before you come to any conclusion. Once you complete all other chapters of your business plan, know that you know how to write an executive summary.

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What do they even mean?

How can you come up with one that’s halfway exciting to read?

This document, a key part of your proposal package to large corporate clients, doesn’t have to be a bore. On the contrary. Done well, it can captivate even the busiest of executives and motivate them to pull your proposal aside for their employees to read in full.

Once you get past all the misconceptions about executive summaries, it’s a matter of embracing a persuasive structure to present the right information – in the right order – to make them work for you.

Let’s get started!

The Gatekeeper to Your Proposal

A poorly-written executive proposal can tank even the best proposal.

That’s because the executive summary acts as a gatekeeper to your full proposal. If it doesn’t impress its audience (think upper executive with a soul-crushing schedule) right away, they have little reason to read on. Most of them won’t.

Tom Sant, a consultant and proposal expert, sums up the importance of executive summaries well:

The executive summary is the single most important part of your proposal. It’s the only part that’s likely to be read by everybody involved in making a decision. In fact, it’s the only part of your proposal that some decision makers may read.

It’s heartbreaking when you spend time creating the perfect proposal , but your executive summary fails to persuade anyone to give it a look.

Where do executive summaries go wrong?

A lot of businesses either: 1) underestimate the importance of executive summaries and throw them together at the last minute, or 2) work hard on them but focus on the wrong information. In either case, the effect is the same: not much interest in your proposal.

What Is an Executive Summary?

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The term “executive summary” sounds boring and formal. It calls to mind something you’d find in a 1950s corporation with miles of red tape and bureaucracy – or alongside TPS reports in the movie Office Space .

Because “executive summaries” sound boring, that’s often how they turn out. This term is in desperate need of a facelift!

It’s logical to assume an executive summary is just a brief overview of the contents of your full proposal …

But that’s not quite right. According to Tom Sant, it’s a standalone persuasive document. It lays out the business case why a client should hire you – without going into the level of detail found in a full proposal.

Where a proposal combines informative and persuasive, the executive summary focuses on persuasion. This resonates well with busy executives, many of whom will quickly scan it and focus on a few keywords. For this reason, the vast majority of summaries should be two pages at most. One is ideal.

Details are much less important here than positive business outcomes . Above all, executive summaries are opportunities to show clients you understand their needs and can deliver the results they’re looking for.

When to Use Them

Executive summaries are best suited for complex projects with large corporate clients .

In the vast majority of projects, the client can simply read through your proposal in its entirety. But if it entails complicated milestones, a big budget, and lots of moving pieces, it’s a good idea to include a summary to offer a bird’s-eye view of your recommended solution.

These large-scale projects typically also include a cover letter. So the proposal package goes: 1) cover letter, 2) executive summary, and then 3) proposal . The first two documents persuade the audience to keep reading, and the proposal persuades them to hire you.

Always use an executive summary when a client explicitly asks for one. It’s amazing how many of your competitors will disqualify themselves by not following straightforward instructions. The first step to convincing a client you’re the best choice? Follow the requirements laid out in their RFP to the letter.

When to Write Them

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A lot of entrepreneurs write their executive summaries after finishing their proposals. This makes sense logically. After all, it’s easier to summarize something that has already been written.

A more counter intuitive – and effective – approach: write your executive summary first .

This takes time up front, but doing the work helps guide your focus in the full proposal. It’s kind of like having a loose outline to walk you through the process.

Like an outline for a fiction novel, your executive summary doesn’t have to rigidly define what your proposal must contain. It’s a loose guide. If you come up with a few good ideas while writing your proposal that veer a bit off course, you can always go back and tweak the executive summary once the proposal is finished.

Taking care of your executive summary first will also help you avoid feeling rushed. It gives you an opportunity to really think about your strongest selling points – and present them effectively.

Bottom line: there’s no set formula about when to write the executive summary. But it doesn’t have to be at the end. Experiment with different ways and figure out what works best for you.

Try This Persuasive Structure

While the proposal and executive summary have a different purpose, their structure is practically identical. This framework will help you capture the attention of busy executives and show them you’re the best choice  – no matter the project or industry.

In his book Persuasive Business Proposals , Tom Sant outlines his basic N-O-S-E structure to ensure every executive summary is persuasive and client-focused. I’ve added one more step at the end, a call to action, to help close out the document and maximize conversions.

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This is the most important part of the executive summary. It’s also where a lot of people go wrong.

The temptation is strong to launch into why your company is the best choice right away. You have the talent, experience, and vision to carry out this project like no one else. Wouldn’t you want the client to know?

Not quite yet. You can’t convince someone you’re the best choice to solve a problem before clarifying exactly what that problem is . That’s why needs identification comes first .

What is the pain point that drove the client to seek help? You might not find it within the RFP, which is often heavy on project specs but light on business motivation.

To pinpoint the need, go deeper. Researching recent developments at the client’s company – and within their market at large – will help you get a sense of the big picture. Once you discover the business need behind the project, you can lead with it and make a great impression.

Here’s how it might look if a full service digital agency wanted to work with an electric car company:

You have experienced an average 3% loss in market share over the past four years. As the alternative fuel market matures, reclaiming market share is a challenge with an increasing number of direct electric competitors and hybrid models…

Here’s how it might look if a streaming video service needed a website designer and developer:

Metflix Prime has suffered a $155 million loss in revenue so far this year. Several of your paid focus groups found that challenges with the website interface and unreliable streaming drove a significant number of users to other platforms…

Here’s how it might look if a retailer needed help launching a new product line:

Beauty Boutique has had massive success with its brick and mortar stores, but it has yet to take advantage of all e-commerce has to offer. The upcoming launch of its shoe line is the perfect opportunity to prepare a strategy that integrates both brick and mortar and digital elements…

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In this section, you get the reader imaging the best-case scenario. What would their business look like if their need or pain point was solved?

This ideal outcome goes beyond simply a project completed to specifications. It’s the business benefits that the completed project creates.

This depends on the industry and the specific project, but it’s almost always a variation of (or a combination of) the following elements:

  • More money (more customers, better customer retention, increased size of average sale, more effective ad spend, etc.)
  • More authority in their niche (better brand recognition, better customer service, etc.)
  • Less frustration (streamlined processes, better security, etc.)

Lay out the ideal outcome as a result of your solution. If you can, be specific about the scale of the outcome in a measurable way. Saying you will increase monthly sales by 25 percent, for instance, is more compelling than just saying you will increase monthly sales.

Here’s how it might look for the automotive company:

Putting our digital marketing strategy into action will help you grow market share by 4% within the first year. In addition to driving more foot traffic to Auto Electro dealers, it will help you offer better support to current customers. That will increase the number of repeat customers and word-of-mouth referrals, both of which are key to sustained growth…

Here’s how it might look for the streaming video company:

A new website with custom functionality will make it much easier for users to browse Metflix Prime’s extensive catalog and watch videos. Hosting the videos on our servers will increase streaming reliability by more than 10%. We estimate these improvements will stop the shrinkage of the user base within the first six months…

Here’s how it might look for the retailer:

Launching the shoe line both digitally and in-store will more than triple the expected revenue than launching it in-store alone. This investment will also give Beauty Boutique the foundation to maximize profits from future product launches as well…

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Once you’ve defined the ideal business outcome, give a brief overview of how you will create it.

This isn’t the time and place for too many details. Where your proposal is the place to get into specifics, the summary is best for a broad overview.

Focus on the big deliverables (a new website , a new customer management system, etc.). Each deliverable will probably require a suite of smaller services. Save those for your full proposal.

If you can, touch on a few differentiators about how working with you would make those deliverables more valuable than they’d be if the client chose someone else.

We are proposing a digital marketing strategy that incorporates paid advertising and content marketing over social media and the Auto Electro company blog. This approach is more cost-effective than TV commercials. It also increases brand recognition – especially within a younger demographic (21-35) most receptive to buying an electric car.

Here’s how it might look for the streaming video website:

We propose a fully redesigned website that makes it easier for viewers to browse the catalog, find specific titles, and watch them without issue. This website will load faster than the current version, as well as require less buffering to watch videos. Our custom functionality will also make viewing fast and reliable on a variety of devices…
We are proposing a launch strategy that targets Beauty Boutique’s target demographic through traditional (magazines, TV commercials, etc.) and digital channels (social media, pay-per-click advertising, etc.). The launch website will create a fully-interactive experience where visitors can see the shoes from a variety of angles, colors, and materials. Visitors will be able to place pre-sale orders online and have their purchases shipped after launch…

evidence

Two major concerns for corporate clients are getting the project done: 1) on time , and 2) on budget . The evidence section assures them that you’ll be able to accomplish both.

This is a rare opportunity to (briefly) talk about yourself. If you have experience handling a similar project in the past, or a track record of rarely coming in over budget, now’s the time to mention it.

The idea isn’t to brag about how great your business is; it’s to strategically focus on aspects that assures clients you’re the right choice.

We’ve helped eco-friendly brands appeal to like-minded customers in various industries. This helped us develop a strategy how to find and engage the people most likely to make “green” purchases…

Here’s how it might look for the streaming video service:

Our team helped Amazon fine tune its recommendation engine, which gives shoppers suggestions about other products to consider based on their browsing activity. We’ve came in at or below our estimated budget in 94% of all of our projects…
We’ve helped Glitter and Co., Timeless Fashion and Sparkles launch new products online, just to name a few. All of these successful launches went forward without a delay…

Call to Action

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A call to action is like a big flashing sign that says, “Interested? Here’s what to do next!”

While many upper managers will simply read your executive summaries and pass them off for others to analyze in full, some might have questions. A call to action gives them an easy way to get in touch with you.

This section also helps close out the document naturally. You can thank the client for the opportunity and reiterate that you’re eager to get started.

A call to action might look like this:

Our proposal goes into more detail about how exactly we’ll create these results, and what you can expect along the way. Thank you for the incredible opportunity. Feel free to pick up the phone and call me personally at 555-5555 if you have any questions.

A Few More Tips to Make Your Executive Summaries Even More Compelling

Following the structure helps you hone in on what to write about to appeal to busy clients.

Here are a few more tips to help you make the most of that persuasive structure :

  • Keep it client-focused . It’s so tempting to try to impress clients by going on about your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments. In fact, that’s exactly what a lot of entrepreneurs do; their proposals end up in the trash bin. The most effective executive summary stays laser focused on the client. Tom Sant recommends a 3:1 ratio of using the client’s name to your name. Talk about yourself only in the context of the client’s specific business needs.
  • Use clear, simple language to make the summary accessible for everyone . Most people who read executive summaries are busier than you can imagine. Even if they understand dry, technical jargon, they don’t have time for it. What they want are simple business outcomes. Omit repetitive words. Don’t use big words when smaller ones would do. Tell them how you can help them, in terms it doesn’t take a master’s degree in business to understand . You’ll always have time for technical details in the full proposal.
  • Check for grammar mistakes and typos . Review your executive summary mercilessly for grammar errors and typos. Better yet, have several people go over it before submission. If an executive spots a typo in an otherwise flawless package, they’ll question your professionalism and ability to provide a solution.
  • Don’t bring up the cost . Unless the client specifically asks you to list cost in the executive summary, you’re better off leaving it out. Seeing a dollar amount halfway down the page encourages people to make a snap decision (“it’s too expensive”) rather than reading the whole document to get a better sense of the value you can deliver.

Over to You

Most executive summaries are boring, but yours don’t have to be.

If you follow the tips above, you’ll transform your summaries from formalities to persuasive sales tools. This document, one of the most crucial parts of the proposal package, can grab the attention of busy executives and help you land the most lucrative projects .

Have you struggled writing an executive summary? What about them do you find the most challenging? Leave a comment below and share your experience!

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An executive summary business proposal example is a short, one-page document that outlines the main points of a larger business proposal. It is designed to quickly communicate the most important information to the reader without overwhelming them with too much detail. Executive summary business proposal examples should be clear and concise. They should be written in the third person, using active voice and simple language. The entire document should be no more than a page long, and it should include all necessary information without being overwhelming or confusing. Using an executive summary business proposal example can help you get your point across quickly and effectively, allowing your reader to understand what your business needs as soon as possible. This can lead to less confusion down the line and make your final product more effective overall. Anyone who needs to present their ideas clearly and concisely can benefit from using an executive summary business proposal example to communicate their message clearly and effectively before moving on to other parts of their larger project. The key to writing an effective executive summary is making sure that

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Simple Steps to Write an Executive Summary

by Funding For Good | May 22, 2023 | Development/Fundraising , Grant Research , Grant Writing

Write an Executive Summary

The executive summary is one of the most important parts of any grant proposal.

Think of your executive summary like a movie trailer. The executive summary sets the tone for your proposal, previews your proposed impact, highlights your organization’s expertise, and demonstrates how your work aligns with donors’ funding priorities.

That’s a LOT to accomplish in only a few words. That’s why we recommend taking the time to polish the executive summary for every grant proposal you submit.

Luckily, writing a great executive summary isn’t rocket science—though that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Since Funding for Good’s team has written hundreds of successful proposals, we thought we’d break down what it takes to write a winning executive summary.

What Is an Executive Summary?

Most nonprofit grant proposals open with a brief executive summary. In a few hundred words—2-4 paragraphs—an executive summary introduces and summarizes the overall grant application.

The executive summary should also inspire donors to continue reading the proposal. This means that the executive summary has a dual purpose. It serves as both an informational and an inspirational tool.

How to Write an Effective Executive Summary

Many nonprofit grant-seekers approach writing an executive summary in one of two ways:

  • Writing lofty yet vague text that conveys few concrete details.
  • Squishing in as many facts as possible.

Neither of these approaches is ideal—and can turn off donors.

An executive summary should be clear, concise, and persuasive and include the following:

  • Who you are
  • What you do
  • A description of your problem
  • A few key descriptors of your program/project
  • What makes your program/project extraordinary
  • How your organization/program/project is uniquely positioned

Example of an Executive Summary

Let’s look at an example of a nonprofit executive summary in action. Below is an executive summary that we wrote several years ago for a successful grant proposal.

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Of course, reading an executive summary is different than writing one. So, to help you write an effective executive summary, let’s break down our example line-by-line.

Deconstructing a Successful Executive Summary

Paragraph one.

In the first paragraph,  the first sentence  includes the mission statement of the organization.

A  well-written mission statement should describe who you are, what you do, and how you do it. If your mission statement isn’t stellar yet, then it might be time to consider a strategic planning process for your nonprofit .

  The second sentence describes what is being requested, including a dollar amount.

  The third sentence  previews how the program or project is unique.

  BOOM!  First paragraph done!

Paragraph Two

Next, you can strip the second paragraph down to basics—and essentially fill in the blanks.

{ Program/Project Name } was designed in { Month Year } { to do what? }. Since its inception, the program/project has { grown, expanded, served, etc. who/what? }. Due to { what reason } we have a need for { what is your need for }, but lack funding to provide { it, them, etc. }. { Program/Project Name } strives to { do what } of { for whom } through { list services you provide }.

TA-DA!  Second paragraph done!

Paragraph Three

The third and final paragraph   indicates how your program/project is extraordinary (this needs to be quantitative/measurable) and includes data and statistics to support the claim.

Recommended Writing Process

As with most elements of grant proposals, we recommend starting with content first before worrying about language. Your first step is gathering information to cover each of the key elements. For example:

  • Do you have a concise description of your organization’s mission?
  • Can you describe the problem you are trying to solve?
  • Are you clear on what makes your organization uniquely situated to solve this problem?

An executive summary can be written before or after you have drafted the full grant proposal. In most cases, however, you will want to write the executive summary after you have written the rest of the proposal. This way, the information you need will already be at your fingertips.

In some cases, though, writing the executive summary first can help you understand how to frame the rest of your proposal for a specific donor audience. This may be the case if you’re adapting an existing grant proposal or program description for a new donor.

Bonus Executive Summary Tips

Remember, an executive summary needs to combine information and inspiration.

  • As you’re revising, be sure to think about the interests of your audience—and mention how your proposed work matches those priorities.
  • If you have great quotes from letters of support, client recommendations, incredible statistics, or other extremely compelling data, you should include a couple of snippets. Just remember not to go overboard. You have the rest of the grant proposal narrative to describe your impact.
  • Follow up the last paragraph by encouraging donors to consider assisting, partnering, or collaborating with you to accomplish your goal or fill a critical gap.

Now it’s time to get writing!

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The business plan template for a medical clinic

Creating a comprehensive business plan is crucial for launching and running a successful medical clinic. This plan serves as your roadmap, detailing your vision, operational strategies, and financial plan. It helps establish your medical clinic’s identity, navigate the competitive market, and secure funding for growth.

This article not only breaks down the critical components of a medical clinic business plan but also provides an example of a business plan to help you craft your own.

Whether you’re an experienced entrepreneur or new to the healthcare industry, this guide, complete with a business plan example, lays the groundwork for turning your medical clinic concept into reality. Let’s dive in!

Our medical clinic business plan is carefully designed to cover all the important parts needed for a good strategy. It explains how the clinic will run, how we’ll take care of patients, how we’ll tell people about our services, what the healthcare situation is like, who our competitors are, who’s in charge, and how much money we expect to make.

  • Executive Summary: Provides an overview of the Medical Clinic’s business concept, healthcare market analysis, management structure, and financial strategy.
  • Facility & Location: Describes the clinic’s physical setup, including its architectural design, medical equipment, patient amenities, and the strategic choice of its location to maximize accessibility for its target patient base.
  • Treatments & Pricing: Enumerates the healthcare services the clinic will provide, from general medical consultations to specialized treatments, alongside a transparent pricing model.
  • Key Stats: Shares industry size, growth trends, and relevant statistics for the healthcare market.
  • Key Trends : Highlights recent trends affecting the healthcare sector, such as technological advancements, patient care innovations, and regulatory changes.
  • Key Competitors : Analyzes the main competitors in the vicinity and differentiates the clinic based on services, patient care quality, and operational efficiency.
  • SWOT: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis tailored to the healthcare context.
  • Marketing Plan : Strategies for attracting and retaining patients, including digital marketing, community health programs, and patient service excellence.
  • Timeline : Key milestones and objectives from the clinic’s establishment through the first year of operation, including licensing, staff recruitment, and service launch.
  • Management: Information on the healthcare professionals managing the medical clinic and their roles, emphasizing their medical expertise and healthcare management experience.
  • Financial Plan: Projects the clinic’s 5-year financial performance, including revenue from medical services, operational costs, profits, and expected expenses, ensuring a sustainable and profitable healthcare service model.

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Executive Summary

The Executive Summary introduces our medical clinic’s business plan, offering a concise overview of the clinic and its healthcare services. It details our market positioning, the comprehensive medical services we provide, its location, size, and an outline of our day-to-day operations. 

This section will also delve into how our clinic will integrate into the local healthcare market, including an assessment of the direct competitors in the area, identifying who they are, and highlighting our clinic’s unique selling points that set us apart. 

Additionally, it includes information about our management and co-founding team, outlining their roles and contributions to the clinic’s success. A summary of our financial projections, including expected revenue and profits over the next five years, will also be presented to offer a clear view of our clinic’s financial outlook.

Make sure to cover here _ Business Overview _ Market Overview _ Management Team _ Financial Plan

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Business Overview

For a medical clinic, the Business Overview section can be concisely structured into 2 main components:

Facility & Location

Briefly describe the clinic’s facilities, highlighting the state-of-the-art medical equipment, patient-centric design, and a welcoming atmosphere that ensures comfort and privacy.

Mention the clinic’s strategic location, emphasizing its accessibility and conveniences such as proximity to main transit routes and ample parking. Explain how this location was selected to serve the clinic’s target patient demographics effectively.

Treatments & Pricing

Detail the comprehensive range of medical services provided, from routine health check-ups to specialized treatments in areas like cardiology, pediatrics, or orthopedics.

Describe your pricing model, ensuring it mirrors the high standard of care offered and is competitive within the healthcare market. Highlight any health plans, membership options, or loyalty programs designed to offer added value to patients, fostering long-term relationships and patient loyalty.

Make sure to cover here _ Clinic & Location _ Treatments & Pricing

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Market Overview

Industry size & growth.

Start your medical clinic business plan by looking at how big the healthcare world is, especially for the services you provide like general health, special treatments (skincare, children’s health), or quick care. Think about how this area is growing and where you might find new chances to grow.

Key market trends

Then, talk about what’s new in healthcare, like how people want care that’s just for them, using tech to help patients (like video doctor visits or digital health records), and focusing on keeping people healthy before they get sick. Point out that people are looking for services that meet their specific health needs and that there’s a growing interest in clinics that care for the whole person.

Key competitors

Lastly, look at who you’re up against, which could be big hospitals, small clinics that focus on one area of health, or even online health services. Think about what makes your clinic different and better, maybe because of the great care you give, the wide range of services you have, or new ways you’re bringing health care to people. This part should clearly say why people need medical services, who else is providing them, and how your clinic can stand out and do well in this busy world.

Make sure to cover here _ Industry size & growth _ Key market trends _ Key competitors

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Dive deeper into Key competitors

First, conduct a SWOT analysis for the medical clinic , identifying Strengths such as a team of expert medical professionals and a comprehensive suite of healthcare services. Weaknesses might include factors like high operational costs and the complexity of insurance processes. Opportunities can arise from the growing emphasis on health and wellness and the potential for telemedicine services. Threats could stem from increased competition and the impact of economic downturns on discretionary healthcare spending.

Marketing Plan

Next, develop a marketing strategy aimed at attracting and retaining patients. This strategy should focus on targeted advertising to reach specific demographics, offering promotional incentives for referrals, maintaining an active and engaging presence on social media, and fostering community ties through health education and events.

Finally, create a detailed timeline that marks essential milestones for the clinic. This includes the initial setup and opening phase, followed by the launch of marketing initiatives, efforts to expand the patient base, and strategies for broader service offerings, all designed to ensure the clinic progresses with a clear and defined purpose.

Make sure to cover here _ SWOT _ Marketing Plan _ Timeline

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Dive deeper into Marketing Plan

The management section focuses on the medical clinic’s management and their direct roles in daily operations and strategic direction. This part is crucial for understanding who is responsible for making key decisions and driving the medical clinic toward its financial and operational goals.

For your medical clinic business plan, list the core team members, their specific responsibilities, and how their expertise supports the medical clinic’s mission.

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Financial Plan

The Financial Plan section is a comprehensive analysis of the medical clinic’s financial strategy, including projections for revenue, expenses, and profitability. It lays out the clinic’s approach to securing funding, managing cash flow, and achieving breakeven.

This section typically includes detailed forecasts for the first 5 years of operation, highlighting expected revenue, operating costs and capital expenditures.

For your medical clinic business plan, provide a snapshot of your financial statement (profit and loss, balance sheet, cash flow statement), as well as your main assumptions (e.g. prices, customers, expenses, etc.).

Make sure to cover here _ Profit and Loss _ Cash Flow Statement _ Balance Sheet _ Use of Funds

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Writing a business plan is a crucial step in starting a cleaning service business. Not only does it provide structure and guidance for the future, but it also helps to create funding opportunities and attract potential investors. For aspiring cleaning service business owners, having access to a sample cleaning service business plan can be especially helpful in providing direction and gaining insight into how to draft their own cleaning service business plan.

Download our Ultimate Cleaning Service Business Plan Template

Having a thorough business plan in place is critical for any successful cleaning service venture. It will serve as the foundation for your operations, setting out the goals and objectives that will help guide your decisions and actions. A well-written business plan can give you clarity on realistic financial projections and help you secure financing from lenders or investors. A cleaning service business plan example can be a great resource to draw upon when creating your own plan, making sure that all the key components are included in your document.

The cleaning service business plan sample below will give you an idea of what one should look like. It is not as comprehensive and successful in raising capital for your cleaning service business as Growthink’s Ultimate Cleaning Service Business Plan Template , but it can help you write a cleaning service business plan of your own.

Example – PristineClean Experts

Table of contents, executive summary, company overview, industry analysis, customer analysis, competitive analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, management team, financial plan.

PristineClean Experts is a professional cleaning service located in Jacksonville, FL, dedicated to providing top-notch cleaning solutions for residential and commercial clients. We are committed to maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene, with services tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients, ranging from regular home cleanings to comprehensive commercial maintenance. Our team, equipped with the latest cleaning technology and eco-friendly products, aims to offer an unparalleled cleaning experience, ensuring customer satisfaction and loyalty. Our focus on quality, reliability, and customer service positions us as a leading choice for cleaning services in the Jacksonville area.

Our success is driven by our unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. We’ve built a strong reputation in the Jacksonville area through our reliable service, attention to detail, and the ability to tailor our offerings to meet the unique needs of each customer. Our team’s expertise and use of advanced cleaning technologies have set us apart in the industry. To date, we’ve achieved significant milestones, including a growing base of loyal residential and commercial clients, and we are continuously expanding our services to cater to the evolving needs of our community.

The cleaning services industry is experiencing robust growth, driven by increasing demand from both residential and commercial sectors. In Jacksonville, FL, this upward trend is reflected in the growing number of households and businesses seeking professional cleaning services to maintain hygiene and appeal. The industry’s expansion is further fueled by heightened health awareness and the need for sanitized environments, particularly in the wake of health crises. PristineClean Experts is well-positioned to capitalize on this demand, offering comprehensive cleaning solutions that cater to the specific needs of our diverse client base.

PristineClean Experts targets a wide range of customers in Jacksonville, FL, focusing primarily on homeowners and apartment dwellers seeking regular and one-off cleaning services. Our tailored approach aims to accommodate the unique cleaning needs of each homeowner, ensuring their spaces are impeccably maintained. Additionally, we serve landlords and small to medium-sized businesses, including office spaces and retail stores, who value professional cleaning to enhance their environment for tenants and clients alike. By addressing the distinct requirements of these customer segments, we ensure high satisfaction and loyalty.

Top Competitors:

CleanMaster Solutions: Offers a range of residential and commercial cleaning services. Sparkle Homes: Specializes in residential cleaning with customizable packages. OfficeClean Express: Focuses on commercial spaces, providing tailored cleaning services.

Competitive Advantages: PristineClean Experts stands out through our commitment to using eco-friendly cleaning products and state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring a thorough and environmentally safe clean. Our highly trained staff and personalized service plans offer a superior cleaning experience, setting us apart from competitors and making us the preferred choice in Jacksonville.

Our marketing plan emphasizes the diversity and quality of our cleaning services, with competitive pricing to match. We offer a range of services from basic home cleaning to specialized commercial maintenance, ensuring a tailored approach to meet the specific needs of our clients. Pricing is structured to provide value while reflecting the high standard of our services. Promotions will be conducted through various channels including social media, local advertising, and word-of-mouth referrals. Special offers and discounts for first-time clients and loyalty programs for regular customers are key strategies to attract and retain our customer base.

Our operations are centered around efficiency and customer satisfaction. Key processes include streamlined booking and scheduling, responsive customer service, rigorous staff training, and stringent quality control measures. We employ reliable scheduling software and maintain excellent communication with clients. Our equipment and inventory are regularly checked to ensure operational readiness. Financial management, marketing efforts, and compliance with safety regulations are also integral parts of our daily operations. Achieving these operational milestones is essential for delivering consistent, high-quality service.

Our management team consists of experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds in business management, customer service, and the cleaning industry. Their collective expertise provides the strategic direction and operational oversight necessary to achieve our business objectives. This strong leadership is instrumental in fostering a culture of excellence, innovation, and customer-centricity within PristineClean Experts.

Welcome to PristineClean Experts, a new Cleaning Service making waves in Jacksonville, FL. We pride ourselves on being a local cleaning service business, filling a much-needed gap in the community. Our mission is to provide unparalleled cleaning services, as we’ve identified a lack of high-quality local cleaning service businesses in the area. Our team is dedicated to ensuring every corner of your space shines, offering a comprehensive suite of cleaning solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

At PristineClean Experts, our services cater to a wide range of needs including Residential Cleaning, Commercial Cleaning, Janitorial Services, Move-In/Move-Out Cleaning, and Specialized Cleaning Services. We understand the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy environment, whether it’s the comfort of your home or the professionalism of your business space. Our team is equipped with the latest cleaning technology and practices, ensuring efficient and thorough service delivery. We are here to simplify your life, providing hassle-free and reliable cleaning solutions right at your doorstep.

Based in Jacksonville, FL, PristineClean Experts is strategically located to serve customers throughout the city. This prime location allows us to respond quickly to our clients’ needs, ensuring timely and reliable service. We are committed to making a noticeable difference in our community, one clean space at a time.

PristineClean Experts is uniquely qualified to succeed for several reasons. Firstly, our founder brings a wealth of experience from running a successful cleaning service business previously. This experience is invaluable in understanding the intricacies of the industry and ensuring that we stay ahead of the competition. Moreover, we are confident in our ability to offer better cleaning services than our competitors, thanks to our dedicated team, state-of-the-art equipment, and innovative cleaning techniques.

Since our inception on January 3, 2024, as a S Corporation, we have achieved several milestones that we’re incredibly proud of. Our journey began with the creation of a unique logo that represents our brand’s ethos and dedication to cleanliness. We also invested time in developing a memorable company name that resonates with our mission and values. Additionally, we secured a great location that serves as the hub for our operations, enabling us to efficiently manage our services and cater to the needs of our clients in Jacksonville, FL. These accomplishments are just the beginning, and we are excited about the future of PristineClean Experts.

The Cleaning Service industry in the United States is currently experiencing significant growth and is poised for continued expansion in the coming years. According to a market research report, the industry generated approximately $46.3 billion in revenue in 2020. This indicates a substantial market size and highlights the demand for professional cleaning services across the country. Furthermore, the market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% from 2021 to 2028, reaching a projected value of $74.3 billion. These figures demonstrate the immense potential for growth and profitability within the Cleaning Service industry.

Several trends in the Cleaning Service industry are contributing to its positive outlook, which bodes well for PristineClean Experts. Firstly, there is a growing emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers are now more conscious of the importance of maintaining cleanliness and sanitization in their homes and workplaces. This increased awareness has led to a surge in demand for professional cleaning services. Secondly, an aging population and busy lifestyles have resulted in a greater need for outsourcing household chores, including cleaning. As more individuals seek convenience and time-saving solutions, the demand for Cleaning Service providers like PristineClean Experts is expected to rise.

Furthermore, technological advancements and the adoption of innovative cleaning methods are shaping the future of the industry. Cleaning companies are increasingly utilizing advanced equipment, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and digital platforms to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness. PristineClean Experts can capitalize on these industry trends by offering state-of-the-art cleaning solutions and leveraging digital marketing strategies to reach a wider customer base. By staying ahead of the curve and providing exceptional service, PristineClean Experts is well-positioned to thrive in the growing Cleaning Service industry in Jacksonville, FL.

Below is a description of our target customers and their core needs.

Target Customers

PristineClean Experts will target a broad spectrum of local residents in Jacksonville, FL, focusing on homeowners looking for regular and one-time cleaning services. This group is expected to form the core of their customer base, seeking to maintain their homes in pristine condition without dedicating personal time to the task. The company will tailor its offerings to meet the specific needs of these homeowners, ranging from basic cleaning to deep cleaning services.

Aside from individual homeowners, PristineClean Experts will also cater to apartment dwellers and landlords who require cleaning services for move-ins and move-outs. This segment recognizes the value of maintaining clean living spaces to attract and retain tenants. By offering flexible and customizable cleaning plans, PristineClean Experts will address the unique demands of apartment cleaning, ensuring spaces are spotless for current and future residents.

Moreover, PristineClean Experts will extend its services to small and medium-sized businesses in Jacksonville, FL. This customer segment comprises office spaces, retail stores, and small clinics that must uphold a high standard of cleanliness to ensure a healthy and appealing environment for employees and clients alike. The company will develop commercial cleaning packages that guarantee thorough cleaning, disinfection, and maintenance of business premises, aligning with the professional image these establishments aim to project.

Customer Needs

PristineClean Experts can fulfill the profound need for high-quality cleaning services among Jacksonville residents who desire a spotless living environment without the time or energy to achieve it themselves. Clients expect thoroughness and attention to detail, ensuring that every corner of their home meets their high standards of cleanliness. This demand highlights the necessity for a service that can consistently deliver exceptional results, tailored to the individual needs of each household.

In addition to the basic expectation of cleanliness, customers also seek reliability and trustworthiness in their cleaning service provider. PristineClean Experts understands the importance of sending only well-vetted, professional cleaners into clients’ homes. Customers can rest assured knowing that their personal spaces are being treated with the utmost respect and care, fostering a relationship based on trust and mutual respect.

Moreover, the modern customer values convenience and flexibility in service arrangements. PristineClean Experts addresses this need by offering easy scheduling options and customizable cleaning plans. By accommodating the busy lifestyles of Jacksonville residents, PristineClean Experts ensures that maintaining a clean and healthy home environment does not add to the stresses of daily life but rather alleviates them.

PristineClean Experts’s competitors include the following companies:

Bonnie’s Maids offers a comprehensive suite of cleaning services tailored for residential properties, including standard house cleaning, deep cleaning, and move-in/move-out services. Their price points are competitive, aiming to offer value through quality services at accessible rates. Revenues for Bonnie’s Maids suggest a strong local market presence, indicative of their ability to retain and satisfy a diverse client base. They operate primarily within the Jacksonville area, focusing on residential customers seeking regular or one-time cleaning services. Key strengths include their established reputation and customer loyalty, while a potential weakness is their limited service offerings beyond residential cleaning.

Evolution DR Cleaning Service specializes in both residential and commercial cleaning solutions, providing a broad spectrum of services ranging from regular housekeeping to specialized cleaning for offices and retail spaces. Their pricing strategy is flexible, offering customized quotes based on the size and specific needs of the job, allowing them to cater to a wide range of budget considerations. Evolution DR Cleaning Service generates significant revenue, reflecting their broad service offerings and ability to serve both households and businesses effectively. They serve the greater Jacksonville area, including some neighboring regions, targeting both homeowners and commercial entities. Their key strengths lie in their versatility and ability to handle diverse cleaning needs. A potential weakness could be the complexity of managing a wide range of services, which might impact service consistency.

Nicki’s House Cleaning focuses on delivering personalized cleaning services to residential clients, emphasizing customer satisfaction and attention to detail. They offer a variety of packages from basic cleaning to premium services, including eco-friendly options, with pricing that varies based on service depth and frequency. This approach allows them to attract different segments of the market, from budget-conscious to premium clients. Nicki’s House Cleaning has a solid revenue stream, supported by a loyal customer base and strong word-of-mouth referrals in Jacksonville and its suburbs. They exclusively serve the residential segment, providing them with a focused market approach but potentially limiting their growth in the commercial sector. Their strengths include high customer satisfaction and personalization of services. However, their focus on only residential services and the absence of commercial offerings could be seen as a weakness in diversifying their customer base.

Competitive Advantages

At PristineClean Experts, we pride ourselves on offering superior cleaning services compared to our competition. Our team is dedicated to providing meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every nook and cranny of our clients’ spaces are impeccably cleaned. We understand the unique needs of each customer and adapt our services accordingly, which allows us to deliver personalized cleaning solutions that exceed expectations. Additionally, our use of eco-friendly cleaning products not only ensures a thorough clean but also promotes a healthier environment for our clients and their families.

Moreover, our competitive advantage extends beyond just the quality of our cleaning services. We are committed to exceptional customer service, making sure that we are always accessible and responsive to our clients’ needs and feedback. Our flexible scheduling options can accommodate even the busiest of lifestyles, making it convenient for our customers to enjoy a pristine clean without disrupting their daily routines. Furthermore, our team consists of highly trained and trustworthy professionals who are passionate about what they do, which reflects in the quality of their work. With PristineClean Experts, clients can expect a seamless and satisfactory cleaning experience every time.

Our marketing plan, included below, details our products/services, pricing and promotions plan.

Products and Services

PristineClean Experts caters to a wide array of cleaning needs for both residential and commercial clients. Their comprehensive service offerings ensure that every nook and cranny, whether at home or in the office, is meticulously cleaned to perfection. The services they provide are not only varied but are also customized to meet the unique requirements of each client, ensuring satisfaction across the board.

Starting with Residential Cleaning, PristineClean Experts offers a thorough cleaning solution for homes of all sizes. This service includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping, bathroom cleaning, and kitchen cleaning, aiming to create a pristine living environment for homeowners. Prices for their residential cleaning services start at an average of $120 for a small home, scaling up based on the size of the property and specific cleaning requirements.

For businesses looking to maintain a clean and professional atmosphere, Commercial Cleaning services are available. PristineClean Experts understands the importance of a spotless workspace for both employee productivity and customer perception. Their commercial cleaning package includes office cleaning, restroom sanitation, trash removal, and floor care, with prices beginning at $200 for small office spaces. Larger commercial spaces can expect custom quotes based on the area to be cleaned and the services required.

Their Janitorial Services are designed to cater to institutions such as schools, hospitals, and large office buildings that require daily or weekly maintenance. This service focuses on ensuring that these high-traffic areas are consistently clean and sanitized. The starting price for janitorial services is around $250, adjusting for the frequency of cleaning and the scope of work.

Understanding the chaos associated with moving, PristineClean Experts offers Move-In/Move-Out Cleaning services to ease the transition. This comprehensive cleaning ensures that new residents step into a spotless space, and those moving out leave behind a clean slate. Prices for these services begin at $150 for small apartments, with variations depending on the size of the property and the extent of cleaning needed.

Lastly, Specialized Cleaning Services are available for those requiring more than just the standard cleaning procedures. This includes deep cleaning, carpet cleaning, window washing, and pressure washing, among others. These services are tailored to the specific needs of the client, with prices starting at $100 and increasing based on the complexity and requirements of the job.

In summary, PristineClean Experts offers a broad spectrum of cleaning services designed to meet the needs of both residential and commercial clients in Jacksonville, FL. Their commitment to providing impeccable cleaning solutions is reflected in their diverse service offerings and competitive pricing, ensuring that every space they touch is left in pristine condition.

Promotions Plan

PristineClean Experts leverage a dynamic mix of promotional methods to attract customers in Jacksonville, FL, with a primary focus on online marketing. They understand that in today’s digital age, a strong online presence will not just be beneficial but essential for reaching their target audience effectively. Hence, they will engage in a comprehensive online marketing strategy that includes the use of social media platforms, search engine optimization (SEO), and targeted advertising campaigns. Through these channels, PristineClean Experts will showcase their cleaning services, share customer testimonials, and provide valuable cleaning tips to engage with potential customers.

In addition to online marketing, PristineClean Experts will also deploy traditional marketing techniques such as distributing flyers and placing ads in local newspapers. These methods will complement their digital efforts by reaching potential customers who may not be as active online but are equally valuable to their business. Moreover, PristineClean Experts will establish partnerships with local businesses and real estate agents, creating a referral network that will help spread the word about their exceptional cleaning services.

Email marketing will play a crucial role in their promotional strategy. By collecting email addresses through their website and at local events, PristineClean Experts will send out regular newsletters that include special promotions, cleaning tips, and updates about their services. This direct line of communication will keep them at the forefront of their customers’ minds and encourage repeat business.

Understanding the power of word-of-mouth, PristineClean Experts will implement a customer referral program. Satisfied customers who refer new clients will receive discounts on future services, incentivizing them to spread the word about PristineClean Experts. This approach will not only help in acquiring new customers but also in building a loyal customer base.

Lastly, PristineClean Experts will actively seek out opportunities to sponsor local events or participate in community service projects. This will not only increase their visibility within the community but also build their reputation as a business that cares about the well-being of Jacksonville, FL.

By combining these promotional methods, PristineClean Experts will effectively reach and attract customers, establishing themselves as a leading cleaning service in Jacksonville, FL.

Our Operations Plan details:

  • The key day-to-day processes that our business performs to serve our customers
  • The key business milestones that our company expects to accomplish as we grow

Key Operational Processes

To ensure the success of PristineClean Experts, there are several key day-to-day operational processes that we will perform.

  • Utilize a reliable scheduling software to manage appointments efficiently.
  • Confirm appointments with customers a day ahead to ensure readiness and prevent no-shows.
  • Maintain a responsive customer service system, including phone, email, and chat support.
  • Collect feedback from customers after service completion to improve quality and customer satisfaction.
  • Conduct daily briefings with cleaning teams to discuss the day’s assignments and any special instructions from clients.
  • Ensure staff are well-trained in cleaning techniques and customer service skills.
  • Regularly check and maintain cleaning equipment to ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Keep track of inventory levels for cleaning supplies and reorder as necessary to prevent shortages.
  • Implement a quality control checklist for all cleaning jobs to ensure high standards are met consistently.
  • Conduct random spot checks on cleaning jobs to ensure compliance with company standards.
  • Monitor daily expenses and revenues to manage cash flow effectively.
  • Process payments promptly and follow up on any outstanding invoices.
  • Regularly update the company website and social media platforms with engaging content and special promotions.
  • Encourage satisfied customers to leave positive reviews online to enhance the company’s reputation.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations regarding cleaning services and employment.
  • Conduct regular safety training sessions for staff to prevent accidents and injuries.

PristineClean Experts expects to complete the following milestones in the coming months in order to ensure its success:

  • Secure Necessary Licenses and Insurance: Obtain all required business licenses and insurance policies to operate legally and safely in Jacksonville, FL. This step will mitigate legal risks and protect the company and its customers.
  • Establish an Effective Branding and Online Presence: Develop a strong brand identity, including a company logo, website, and social media profiles. This milestone is crucial for attracting customers and establishing trust in the market.
  • Hire and Train Cleaning Staff: Recruit, hire, and extensively train cleaning staff to ensure high-quality service. This includes training on cleaning techniques, customer service, and safety protocols, which is fundamental to building a reliable and professional team.
  • Launch Our Cleaning Service Business: Officially start offering cleaning services to residential and commercial clients in Jacksonville, FL. This involves marketing the launch to generate initial customers and feedback.
  • Secure Key Contracts with Commercial Clients: Obtain contracts with commercial entities such as offices, retail stores, and apartment complexes. This will provide a steady income stream and help in achieving financial stability.
  • Implement a Customer Feedback and Quality Control System: Establish mechanisms for collecting customer feedback and conducting regular quality checks. This system will ensure continuous improvement and high customer satisfaction, which is critical for repeat business and referrals.
  • Reach $15,000/Month in Revenue: Achieve the financial goal of generating $15,000 in monthly revenue. This milestone will indicate market acceptance and the potential for sustainable growth and profitability.
  • Expand Services or Service Area: Depending on market demand and operational capacity, consider expanding the range of services offered or extending the service area beyond Jacksonville, FL. This growth strategy should be based on solid customer demand and the ability to maintain quality standards.

These milestones are designed to build a strong foundation for PristineClean Experts, mitigate risks associated with starting a new business, and guide the company towards achieving success in the competitive cleaning service industry.

SavorFest Caterers management team, which includes the following members, has the experience and expertise to successfully execute on our business plan:

Ava Thompson, President

Ava Thompson, President, brings a wealth of experience to PristineClean Experts, having previously led a successful cleaning service business. Her entrepreneurial journey is marked by her ability to identify market needs and respond with innovative solutions that drive customer satisfaction and loyalty. Ava’s leadership style is characterized by a hands-on approach, fostering a culture of excellence and accountability within her teams. Her proven track record in business management and strategic planning makes her uniquely qualified to guide PristineClean Experts towards achieving its vision of becoming the leading provider in the cleaning services industry.

To reach our growth goals, PristineClean Experts requires significant funding. This investment will be directed towards expanding our service offerings, marketing efforts to increase brand visibility, and enhancing operational efficiencies. By securing the necessary funding, we are poised to capitalize on market opportunities, drive revenue growth, and establish PristineClean Experts as a market leader in the cleaning services industry in Jacksonville, FL.

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