Writing an effective Request for Proposal (RFP) requires thoughtful consideration, as it will have a lasting impact on your Contingent Workforce (CW) program. With your needs and future goals in mind, create an RFP that encourages bidders to propose relevant, creative, and cost-effective solutions. By investing the necessary time and effort into your RFP, you can mitigate the risks associated with starting a CW program and even gain a number of benefits, such as allowing bidders to more accurately price their proposals. Put yourself in the bidder’s shoes and think from a position of reality, letting the bidder know that you ‘will’ rather than ‘would’ depending on assumptions. The quality of your RFP should ensure that you select the right vendor, start your initiative sooner, and maximize the long-term value of your CW program.