How does a Bid Writer Spend his/her Day?

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

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Since bid writing is very time consuming, any bid writer would be familiar with the standard teasing such as, “you must be drinking a lot of coffee” or “you probably don’t like your family a lot”. Every bid writer struggles with the tight deadlines and long working hours. It is very important to learn how to manage your time and juggle your workload to avoid burn-out.

Stress can always creep in out of nowhere and before you know it, even the most prepared bid writers can find themselves anxiously staying up at night trying to fulfill and submit the requirements of their demanding job. Bid writers that carefully prepare for their tenders have the advantage to stop any of the stress related issues such as lack of sleep, high blood pressure, and frustration.

Here are some tips to stop yourself from stressing.

Negotiate Flexibility With Your Employer

Bid writers will always have times where the busy-ness fluctuates. Sometimes it is super busy and other times there is not much work to do. The times where you are not busy is when the you get to relax and take a breath before the next big project is assigned. When things quiet down, work with your manager to explain that you need more time for yourself to relax. This would allow you to destress, be more rested, and ready for the upcoming bid.

On to the Next Step

When the work lessens, make sure that everything that is to be submitted is finished and ready for the next flood of high activity. Brief your key relationships to ensure that the whole bid team are on the same page to obtain the same goals, and scheduling important processes such as submission analysis or storyboarding.

What’s going to work? Teamwork

Team support is essential when it comes to bid writing. When you are stressed about the huge amounts of work you have to get done, you have to be able to rely on your co-workers to help release your stress. Don’t leave everything to yourself, you can always ask for help. Sharing the workload helps achieving good results.

Do Things WAY Ahead of Time

Don’t get into the habit of procrastination. Set your own due dates earlier than the actual due dates. This way you can come up with brilliant content that is convincing, compliant, and engaging. Using an agenda, checklists, reminders, and calendars are great tools to utilize when planning and scheduling important tasks that need to get done.

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