Our advice on what makes a great bid:

Include a cost estimate

You might need more information before you can send a detailed bid, but at a minimum provide cost guidance. You can say that you need more information to give a detailed bid, but be clear about how you price your work to help kick off a discussion.

Use clear and professional messages

We love the beauty of simplicity. Use clear and professional communication and make your cost estimate as simple and transparent as possible in order to win business.

Ensure your message is customised

A generic message is not the way to approach customers through Bidvine. Instead, focus on exactly what they are looking for and share how you are qualified. Here are some things you should include in every bid:

  • Greet the customer by name and make sure you spell it correctly - it drives me crazy when I get messages as "Ross" instead of "Russ". Take a couple of seconds to show your attention to detail.
  • Speak to the job itself - show you understand the project they are looking to take on. Customers want to feel heard and not that they are receiving a generic message.
  • Explain your qualifications - Make sure that you offer your experience specific to what the customer is looking for. If I am looking for a Running coach, I would much rather know about your experience training runners than your years as a general personal trainer.
  • Explain your price - Sending a number is only one part of the equation. You need to let the customer know what is and what isn't included. Showcase the value you bring to the table.
  • Set next steps - Customer may not know how to move forward, especially if it is a service they've never used before. Make sure to clearly outline what next steps are and what they need to do to move forward.

Sample bid (Lawn Care Services):

"Hi Jessica,

I can see that you have quite a large lawn that you wish to have maintained and I agree that twice a month is all you should need to keep it looking great.

I have been maintaining lawns for the last 10 years and have worked a lot in your area. Feel free to look at my profile to see some of my recent work.

I have provided you a price for the next three months (tending to your lawn twice a month). I anticipate it will take 3-5 hours to cover your entire property. If you would like to sign on for a longer period of time, I can offer you a small discount.

In terms of next steps, if you are happy with my bid, I can start cutting your lawn as early next week. On my first visit I will stop by with a small agreement to sign and to collect my initial payment.

I look forward to working with you. Feel free to call me or send me a message should you have any questions

-George"

Build a great profile

Your profile should reflect the best about your business. Be detailed, tell a great story, include evidence of your past work through images and video, get references from past customers and peers – give customers every reason to choose you.

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