Whether this year has been a good year or a bad year of tendering for your business, we encourage you not to quit and to keep your tender response knowledge and skills up. In 2018-19 there were government contracts with a combined value of $64.5 billion and we want you to win those contracts.
Below are some tips to prepare your business for the new year:
5 Top Tips to Prepare Your Business for the New Year:
1) Review Government Resources
Make use of free Government resources. If you've started your own business as a sole trader or a small business, Business.gov.au website can help you and your team in so many ways! Information on Business Plans, Registrations, licences and permits you need in order to start or run your business. You can also check out Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS), ABLIS is a free online tool which helps you find government licences, permits and registrations applicable to your business. It might be worthwhile also visiting the ATO website for helpful information on managing your business tax as well as tips and tools for your business.
2) Get your business out there
How are you going to get a contract if no one knows about your business and what you have to offer? One way to get exposure is through a business website. You may already have great website for your Buyers/Contractors to find out more from.
But did you know even if you don't have a website having your business on a social media is also a great (cheaper) option. Social media are different online communications channels encouraging community input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Here are a few of the popular channels we can suggest:
Facebook is free social networking website where you as a user can create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with people. For your business, you can create a free company page for your customers and potential customers and get in touch with you on. Create your own account and connect with us on our Facebook page.
Twitter is a free microblogging service that allows you as a member to make short posts (tweets). For your business, you can create a free company Twitter account and interact with the public or customers. Create your Twitter account and connect with us.
LinkedIn is designed specifically for the business community. The goal of the site is to allow you or your business to establish networks of people they know and trust professionally. In addition your personal profile, you can create a company LinkedIn page.
Social media can be cost effective and efficient way for your customers and buyers to find and connect with your business. Here are more tips on social media for businesses.
3) Learn about Tenders and Tendering.
Put aside an hour a day for a week and learn about what is a tender and what tendering involves. There are lots of free resources online, feel free to check out our free monthly blogs on tendering as well. At Australian Tenders, we are the first step to the tendering process, but we also want to help you in responding to tenders.
4) Attend industry events and tender training and small business workshops
We get it, where are you going to find the time to go when you're running a business? Think of this as an investment and choose the events you want to go to wisely (make sure it's going to be beneficial). Tendering workshops are sometimes free to attend and there's so much value in attending - a few hours of your time to learn how to respond to a tender could mean winning a 1 year contract! We've sourced out some tendering workshops for you on our training page here.
5) Start finding business opportunities
There are online websites that help you connect with your customers so that you can provide quotations. There are however bigger and better opportunities through Tenders.
Read one of our popular Blogs - Should we respond to this tender, to give you an idea about why tenders are now one of the best strategies for a business to ensure on going work. If you haven't come across a tender before, check out our Featured tenders page for free tender listings of current tenders or request for some sample tenders from your industry.
If you're ready you can simply start your account with Australian Tenders and start reviewing your tender alerts!