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Submitting commercial bids by email?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by J&JPropmaint, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. J&JPropmaint

    J&JPropmaint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    I am just now set up for smaller Commercial accounts. I started making a couple of calls today to local places and 3 of them want Bids sent by email. I know that this is not the best way because you lose face time but they were decision makers and were not even in the area so email may be the best way?

    My question is, when sending over a packet is there any format or good ways to send it so all the information gets across and not mixed up. I can just put it in a zip folder and put a page number on each page?

    I don't want to over do it so they have to open up a hand full of docs but I want to be clear as well.

    I've sent Resi bids by email but never to a commercial account.

    Any ideas or personal experiences will help a lot.
  2. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,647

    I deal with the same problem. I don't like doing it by email cuz lke you said, you lose face time. And you can't show the property manager where the problem area are. Lots of time the managers don't have the time to meet and same with me so email can also be a good thing.
  3. kranker022

    kranker022 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    Check out this software..pdfredirect. you print all the pages to it like you would a printer.. than it makes it into one PDF file that you can email. I use it all the time.
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  4. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    What bid??? I'm sorry xyz lco I haven't received such email...
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  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,078

    Send pdf and I use PowerPoint.... MS office is 100 bucks a year...I have not handdelivered one in 10 years..all commercial via email
  6. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    Yeah waste 100 a year on it when you can get a lifetime copy for 40 more
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  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,144

    Correct, when a property manager tells me I can submit my bid by email, that means they're not really interested.
  8. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,078

    Noone here submits personally..not saying it couldn't help...most property managers heard the song and dance...
    All invoices are submitted email too...
    ...100 bucks gets updated software and support and outlook, excel, PowerPoint, publisher, one notes...and 5 computer install of above as well as file sharing
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,112

    Take pictures and include them in the proposal
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  10. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    Not to mention after 5 years of paying 100$ per year lol I think they saw you coming.
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