How to Create a Scope of Work Template in MS Word

How to Create a Scope of Work Template in MS Word

BuildBook Team
August 19, 2022
July 27, 2023

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a scope of work for construction projects with a free template in Word

If you need a quick and easy way to create a scope of work for your construction project, starting with a free template in Microsoft Word is a great option.

If you don’t have Word on your computer, you can still access the online version for free with a Microsoft account. If you would prefer to use Google Docs instead, check out our free scope of work template that was built in Google Sheets. 

Lastly, if you’d like to learn more about a scope of work document, why it’s important, what you should include, and much more, check out our article on how to create a scope of work which covers everything you need to know.

To get started creating your scope of work from an existing template in Word online, just follow the step-by-step instructions and images below:

Getting your scope of work document started in Microsoft Word

  1. Click here to open Word online. You’ll need to log in or create a free Microsoft account to get started.
  2. Begin by clicking the “More templates” link on the right side of the page.

use microsoft word scope of work template


  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on the “Explore all templates” link located on the bottom right corner of the page. 
finding construction templates in microsoft word


  1. In the menu on the left, expand the “Browse by Category” tab and scroll down and click “more” to expose the entire list. Scroll further down and click on the “Bids and quotes” category link.

construction bid templates in microsoft word

  1. Next, click on the “Statement of Work” template located within the options. 
  1. You should now be on the template page (as shown below). If you have a desktop version of Microsoft Word, you can download the template by clicking the blue download button. To continue with Microsoft Word online, click on the gray “Open in browser” button.
statement of work template in microsoft word

  1. The template should now be open and ready to edit as shown below.

    Note: Microsoft doesn’t support content controls in their online version of Word, so the red placeholder text will not update throughout the document as indicated in their tips section. If you’re using a desktop version of Word, the placeholder copy should work as stated.
statement of work in word that is ready to edit

  1. You can now begin to modify the document to best fit your company, brand, and project details. 
sample of a construction statement of work template

  1. You want to make sure you also modify the headers and footers in the document. To do that, simply click on any of the small tabs located on the right side of the top or bottom of the page. Clicking any one of these tabs will allow you to edit both sections.
modify the heads and footers in a statement of work

  1. To see how your finished scope of work document is coming along at any point in time, you can simply click on the file menu and choose print to access a preview of your document. 
completed statement of work example

  1. Once all of your changes are in place, be sure to save the document so it can be accessed and reused as a template for all of your projects in the future.

Hopefully you found this scope of work tutorial for Microsoft Word helpful and easy to follow. If you’d prefer to skip the steps above and create a scope of work document with a template that is easy to use, has fill-in-the-blank functionality, and designed for residential construction projects, simply download our free construction scope of work template

Better yet, sign up for a free 10-day trial of BuildBook and get access to the most modern construction estimate and proposal feature in the industry.

P.S. We've also created the #1 construction estimate template for Google Sheets that is 100% free to download and use as your own. Check out the video below to learn more and then download it for free.


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