advice on bidding for State agencies
Thread poster: Susana Galilea

Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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May 24, 2006

Periodically I receive requests from Government or State agencies to bid on a translation project. I am curious as to whether there is a standard format to follow to submit this bid, aside from providing information as to rate and turnaround. Also, do industry rates apply, or do such projects typically command higher/lower rates?

I will appreciate any feedback regarding this topic.

All best,

Susana


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Check with the agencies May 25, 2006

Each agency should have its own procedures in this regard, so I would suggest asking each one directly what they require.

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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Agree with Henry May 25, 2006

You might want to look on the website for the entity involved and see what their bid procedure might be. Based upon discussions I've had with with vendors of other services to state agencies, you might want to aim for the middle/low end of the agency range (i.e., what an agency might charge, NOT what you might get from an agency). Emphasize backup, resources, etc. Single-shingle providers have to show that they can play with the larger providers.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Forgot May 25, 2006

I forgot the second question. Prevailing rates in the area would be appropriate. Of course, if they are asking for bids, they may just go with the lowest bidder and quality be damned. But I think you should ask what you think you are worth (and you are worth a good rate, I've seen your work).

Many times, however, if you have the right contacts you can get state (or other government) agency work with no bidding process, they just send it, you do it, bill it and get paid.


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