Finding the right people to work with can be an uphill battle. Not only do you need to ensure they are qualified and properly insured, but you should also confirm they’re within your budget. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are a simple way to get potential vendors to come to you.
Rather than spending time researching vendors to try to find the perfect match, potential vendors bid on projects. Because you can ask for specifications and examples of previous work, RFPs make it easier to narrow the candidate field by weighing each applicant’s pros and cons. While issuing an RFP is itself a timesaver, automating your requests can further streamline the process.
Cons of Putting Out an RFP Manually
Manually distributing RFPs may save time compared to independently hunting for vendors, but it isn’t without its drawbacks. The downsides of manual RFPs include:
Once vendors submit their RFPs, reaching out to those you’re interested in can be time consuming.
For vendors to respond, they first need to spot your RFP posting. If you post it to the wrong site, you may not get as many bids as you’d hoped, giving you limited options for your project.
Anytime you want to hire a new vendor or start a new project, you must repeat the RFP process. While issuing an occasional RFP may not seem too demanding, doing so with any frequency can eat up time and resources.
Benefits of Automating RFPs Through the BCS App
The bcs app makes automated RFPs quick and easy. From broadcasting your RFP to selecting and onboarding vendors, this easy-to-use platform can help you with every step in the process.
With the bcs app, you can broadcast your RFPs with just a few clicks. There’s no need to research which sites you should post on, publicize your RFP, or actively pursue vendors. Just sit back and let the bcs app do the heavy lifting.
The BCS Network includes tens of thousands of vendors around the country. Your RFP broadcasts to dozens of qualified vendors in your area using a matching algorithm.
Weigh Your Options
Through the bcs app, you can compare bids side by side. Still not sure which vendor is your best option? Chat with each bidder in-app to learn more.
Onboard Vendors Seamlessly
Once you’ve selected a winning bid, invite vendors to register directly through the app. They can download the vendor mobile app to sign agreements and submit their certificates of insurance (COIs).
Get to Work Faster
The BCS App saves you time for virtually every step in the RFP and onboarding process, meaning your new vendors can get to work faster. With less downtime, your efficiency and bottom line may also improve.