First of all, you download the tendering folder from the client or the architect. It’ll be a compressed file filled with plans you don’t need, and you can easily waste half an hour clicking in and out of PDFs, waiting for them to load fully, deciding if you need them and copying the appropriate plans to new folders. Then you need to print these drawings – which doesn’t happen for free.
Plans in hand, and you need to grab some pencils and markers so that you can measure every cable, mark up every socket, count every fusebox, and note down every single quantity on a takeoff sheet. Then those numbers need summarizing, because you’ve got to head back to your Mac or PC.
After setting up a spreadsheet, you need to drop in your quantity numbers, prices from your supplier, and your own rates. Then you need to double check your math.
All the man hours spent on this, plus the printer costs, and you’ve not earned a single cent from this. If the customer says no to your price, you’ll never earn a cent.
RapidBid can’t make your clients accept your tender. But we can make sure you don’t invest as much time into your estimates. In fact, our electrical estimating software means you can complete five quotes in the time it used to take you to prepare one, giving you a 400% better chance to turn your hard work into lucrative contracts.
What RapidBid does is take that process and hand as much as possible to a computer. It’s the same process you use for your electrical estimates, and you get the same final figures, but it’s far less labor intensive.