Free Collaboration Proposal Template (Partnership Proposal)

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Acme LLC.
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Corporation Corp.
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Acme LLC.
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Corporation Corp.

Free Collaboration Proposal Template (Partnership Proposal)

Fully editable with custom branding and templated offering.

Free Collaboration Proposal Template (Partnership Proposal)

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Date: March 8th 2023



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.

This Contract is between Client (the "Client") and Acme LLC, a California limited liability company (the "Coach").

The Contract is dated January 23, 2023.


1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Coach to develop a coaching relationship between the Client and Coach in order to cultivate the Client's personal, professional, or business goals and create a plan to achieve those goals through stimulating and creative interactions with the ultimate result of maximizing the Client's personal or professional potential.

1.2 Schedule. The Coach will begin work on February 1, 2023 and will continue until the work is completed. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Coach at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 4, Term and Termination.

The Coach and Client will meet by video conference, 4 days per month for 2 hours.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Coach an hourly rate of $150. Of this, the Client will pay the Coach $500.00 (USD) before work begins.

1.4 Expenses. The Client will reimburse the Coach's expenses. Expenses do not need to be pre-approved by the Client.

1.5 Invoices. The Coach will invoice the Client in accordance with the milestones in Section 1.3. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 15 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 1.0% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Coach will not be available by telephone, or email in between scheduled sessions.


- A coaching relationship is a partnership between two or more individuals or entities, like a teacher-student or coach-athlete relationship. Both the Client and Coach must uphold their obligations for the relationship to be successful.

- The Coach agrees to maintain the ethics and standards of behavior established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

- The Client acknowledges and agrees that coaching is a comprehensive process that may explore different areas of the Client's life, including work, finances, health, and relationships.

- The Client is responsible for implementing the insights and techniques learned from the Coach.


3.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

3.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

3.3 Coach Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Coach promises that it owns the work product, that the Coach is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Coach uses employees or subcontractors, the Coach also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Coach giving the Coach any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Coach's background IP and work product.

3.4 Coach Will Comply With Laws. The Coach promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.

3.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Coach promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights, that the Coach has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Coach has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

3.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Coach with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights.


This Contract is ongoing until it expires or the work is completed. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 9.4. The Coach must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice unless the notice says otherwise.

If either party ends this Contract before the Contract automatically ends, the Client will pay the Contractor for the work done up until when the Contract ends. The following sections don't end even after the Contract ends: 3 (Representations); 6 (Confidential Information); 7 (Limitation of Liability); 8 (Indemnity); and 9 (General).


The Client is hiring the Coach as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

- The Coach will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.

- The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Coach is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.

- The Client will not provide the Coach with any training.

- The Client and the Coach do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.

- The Coach cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.

- The Coach is not entitled to the Client's benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).

- The Coach is responsible for its own taxes.

- The Client will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Coach or any of the Coach's employees or subcontractors.


6.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the Coach must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

6.2 The Client's Confidential Information. While working for the Client, the Coach may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Coach promises to treat this information as if it is the Coach's own confidential information. The Coach may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the Coach use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the Coach cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the Coach written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Coach may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Coach must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The Coach promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the Coach written permission first. The Coach must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Coach's responsibilities only stop if the Coach can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Coach came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Coach came across it, but not because of anything the Coach did or didn't do; (iii) the Coach already knew the information when the Coach came across it and the Coach didn't have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Coach with the information without requiring that the Coach keep it a secret; or (v) the Coach created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

6.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It's possible the Client and the Coach each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Coach each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the Coach is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.


Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.


8.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the Coach or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the Coach did, then the Coach may promise to come to the Client's defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

8.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Coach agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Coach has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Coach of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Coach of the promises it is making in Section 3 (Representations).

8.3 Coach Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Coach (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.


9.1 Assignment​. This Contract applies only to the Client and the Coach. Neither the Client nor the Coach can assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the other's written permission.

9.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

9.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Coach must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

9.4. Noticies.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party's address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

9.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that's the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

9.6 Signatures. The Client and the Coach must sign this document using Bonsai's e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.

9.7 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.

9.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties' final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.
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Collaboration Proposal Template
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What is a Collaboration Proposal?

A collaboration proposal—also known as a business partnership proposal—is a document that outlines a proposed agreement between two parties. Any well-designed business proposal should communicate the mutual benefit of the joint business venture. 

When improving and growing your business—partnerships and collaborations are crucial. Whether you’re looking for a joint venture, a strategic alliance, or a straightforward business collaboration, it’s essential to sell your idea and organization. A business partnership proposal enables you to do just that. 

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What to Include in the Collaboration Proposal

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The first thing you need to include in your proposal is a short introduction of who you are, what services you offer, and how this relates to the collaboration project at hand. This way, you can engage prospective partners, and encourage them to take the time to look at the rest of your proposal. 

Introduction clause of Collaboration Proposal

Executive summary

In the executive summary, summarize your proposal so that prospects have an idea of what’s to come. You want to include all of the main points from your proposal in a brief, punchy summary.

It’s important to keep things short. After all, it’s likely your collab proposal isn’t the only proposal prospects will receive. If they are not convinced quickly enough, they might move on to the next one. 

Team members

Here’s where you highlight why you’re a great match. A huge reason to want to work with another company is the team and talent they’ll bring to the table. 

Show your potential business partner who your team is made of, how talented they are, and what they specialize in. Most importantly, show the value they’ll add to the partnership. 

Bonsai Top Tip: Adding high-quality pictures of your team members improves your likability, builds trust, and allows prospects to familiarize themselves with your team.

Past accomplishments

A crucial part of any partnership is to prove that your brand is full of ideas that would work well with your potential business partner. Showcasing your past accomplishments is a great way to do this. 

Not only will you be highlighting your capabilities, but you’ll be showing you have the experience to tackle any new problems successfully. This is the credibility factor that many prospects will be looking for in a new partner.

Project overview

Next up is the project overview. Here you’ll outline the joint venture business project and how both businesses will collaborate to achieve joint goals. 

To create a winning proposal, you need to talk about the problems you will be solving together. Take some time to research and fully understand your partner’s struggles, and outline them in this section. 

High-quality research both ensures that your partnership proposal ticks every box and it communicates the value you can offer to potential partners.

Overview and Goals clause of sample Collaboration Proposal

Scope of work

Once you have established and explained the business project, you can get down to the nitty-gritty—the scope of work. 

The scope of work outlines the specifics of the work you’ll be doing together. Here, you can mention any important aspects of the project, include things like: 

  • Projects: the tasks this collaboration includes, and those it does not!
  • Goals: set the expectations in relation to the business partnership
  • Timeline and milestones: lets your partner know how you’ll keep them updated on the project and what deliverables you’ll provide along the way
  • Pricing and details: provide all the information about costs, payment and any details that need to be addressed
  • Ownership: establish clear terms and conditions for the resources generated throughout the project
  • Payment schedule: clearly establish the payment schedule and payment terms so that both parties are on the same page 

The scope of work is basically a contract without being a one—it’s all the specifics that will be part of the contract once your business partnership proposal gets approved.

Two persons shaking hands during a business meeting

Closing statement

You want to create a lasting impression on your potential business partner—one that leaves them feeling positive about your brand and connecting with it. 

Thank them for their time and express your excitement for the future collaboration. 

How to Write a Collaboration Proposal 

Now that you know what your business partnership proposal should include, how exactly do you write it?

Find out exactly what the client wants

Before you even start to write the business partnership proposal, you should focus on doing some research. It’s worth understanding your prospect’s pain points and how you can work together to address them. 

Once you have this information, make sure you address it in your bid proposal. This lets your potential partner know that you’ve done your research, and reached out to them with a precise aim. Let them know that you’ve seen their needs and appreciate them as a valuable business partner.

Present the objectives of the partnership clearly. What each company will be in charge of, and how each partner will provide their services to increase the benefits of the partnership.

Highlight what sets you apart 

Next, you want to highlight the advantages of working with you. Expand on your expertise, your success, your previous accomplishments, and your vision. Show the benefits of a possible partnership with you and prove that you’re different from the rest. 

Consider the following questions when creating your proposal:

  • How are you an expert in your industry? 
  • How can you add value to the partnership? 
  • What will you bring to the table? 
  • How can this proposal be an advantage for them? 
  • What services are you offering that nobody else is?

A proposal template is your chance to sell yourself. You want them to be as excited about the partnership as you are. 

Lastly, make sure to showcase your best previous work or even previous successful collaborations. This is your shot to stress on the mutual benefit of the partnership and put yourself above any other companies on their watchlist.  

two persons setting quarterly goals using sticky notes

Creating a Collaboration Proposal is Simple with Bonsai 

As you probably know by now, creating proposals is no easy job. It takes time to research and address all the necessary details to create an appealing and exciting proposal. 

You need to capture your potential business partner's attention and keep them engaged throughout. Doing this is time-consuming, and—if done hastily—can lack critical information. 

That’s where Bonsai comes in. 

Bonsai’s collaboration proposal template allows you to provide your potential business partners with a simple and convincing document without spending hours on it. 

You won't have to worry about adding key sections or formatting it to be clear and engaging—all of this is done by Bonsai up front. 

All you need to do is fill in the blanks on the business partnership proposal template and send it to those partners you know will help your business grow.

You can get started with Bonsai in just a few steps:

  1. Sign up free to Bonsai 
  2. Choose the template you need
  3. Edit it to suit your client and personal brand

Once you’ve got your template ready, you can send it off to your prospective business partner without ever leaving the Bonsai platform. You can then check out when your potential business partner reviews and even signs off on your proposal. 

Collaboration Proposal FAQs

How long is a collaboration proposal?

There’s no exact word count for a collaboration proposal. You want to make sure your proposal provides enough information without being so long it becomes exhausting to read.

Consider this: would you want to read your collaboration proposal cover to cover? Is every word bringing value and excitement to the table?

If you responded no to either of these questions, you might want to make a couple changes to your collaboration proposal before sending it on its way!

What should be included in a collaboration proposal?

Make sure to include the following chapter in your collaboration proposal to ensure its success:

  1. Introduction
  2. Executive summary
  3. Team members
  4. Past accomplishments
  5. Project overview
  6. Scope of work
  7. Closing statement

By doing this, you cover all bases when it comes to clearly communicating your partnership proposals and the benefits you can bring.

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about this template.

What should a partnership proposal include?

The following elements should be included in all proposals for new business partnerships. Introduce yourself, identify the challenges the customer wants to solve, credentials (show why you are the best candidate for the job), provide examples of your relevant experience, and outline the estimated cost of the business collaboration.

How do you ask a company for a partnership?

Inquire about forming a collaboration between your business and theirs. Show them the advantages of the partnership and the reasons why they ought to think about collaborating.

What is the format of a proposal?

The typical structure of a proposal is: a short summary of the issue, the solution, the costs, and the rewards. Include its subject, goal, primary purpose, supporting details, and impact. Try one of Bonsai's pre-made templates to nail down the exact structure of a formal proposal.