If you are a general contractor, you’ve no doubt found yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place because you quoted a client a particular price for a project only to come back later with a higher price when you couldn’t find the subcontractor services required at a cost that would fit with your firm budget. When vendors know they’ve got you over a barrel (because you’ve already taken on a project and the clock is ticking) they may try to take advantage by charging you more. And you can either swallow the financial loss or pass the overage on to your client, neither of which are desirable scenarios for the professional looking to make some money and build a good reputation. However, when it comes to getting quick bids from a slew of vendors in time for you to deliver your own accurate quote to a client, SmartBidNet is the app that can help you.
This freebie is a supplemental application designed to make your SmartBidNet online account into a mobile platform. That said, the app does not offer all of the functionality to be found online. Further, be prepared to pay for the many features provided with membership (although you can try the service free for 30 days). So what exactly do contractors get with this handy service? A lot, as it happens. You can start simply enough by adding your current lineup of vendors to the contacts list. Now, you might wonder why you wouldn’t simply utilize the contact list you already have on your work phone. The answer is that this program provides you with templates that allow you to fill in the blanks with project specs and mass mail invitations to selected contractors that you’d like to receive bids from. You can browse vendors either by name or by category depending on what you need. Then all you have to do is sit back and wait for the bids to roll in so you can select the best ones.
But it goes beyond simply hiring subcontractors for the job. Cloud connectivity allows you to upload information for projects to your online plan room, where everyone on a particular project can access the latest building plans, schematics, contracts, and other important documents. This will help to ensure that everyone involved is up-to-date. Plus, Cloud Takeoff allows users to make changes to posted files so that a truly collaborative effort can take place. And the online calendar ensures that all of the workers on a particular project are well aware of deadlines. But of course, these are all the features offered with your online account; not all of them may be accessible through the app.
The beauty of adding the app to your favorite mobile device, aside from the fact that it’s free, is that it can sync to your SmartBidNet account to allow you access to the latest data, including contacts and projects. So if you just added a contact at overheadcranetec.com and you want to get a bid for a crane on your project, you can access the info and send out an invite on the go. It may not make the online program entirely mobile, but it certainly offers invaluable access to vendor information, which could mean the difference between nabbing a project and getting outbid by a rival contractor.