BidSketch is a proposal tracking application that has been making life easier for designers since 2009. Just recently, however, the web-app underwent a major makeover with new features and updated tools. What remains the same is just how easy BidSketch is to use. For designers who send and receive proposals each week, BidSketch streamlines the process and ensures an important bid will never get lost in the shuffle.
Whereas BidSketch was once an application designed mainly for solo entrepreneurs, the web-app’s recent update makes it useful for teams of collaborators, too. Select a pricing plan to begin; although BidSketch doesn’t offer any free accounts, it does include a 30-day free trial with every new-member signup. Head to your dashboard page to check out all the proposals, clients, fees, and templates you’ve got. Part of the reason for using BidSketch is to speed up the process of creating and sending project proposals, which is why it makes sense to spend a couple of minutes up front customizing templates to meet your needs. When a new client asks for a bid, you can add his information into the Client section and send out a customized proposal in minutes. Thanks to BidSketch’s recent updates, you can also assign proposals to other BidSketch users – ideally, colleagues you’ve worked with before or members of your business team.
The new and improved BidSketch offers a host of integration features, making it easy to use Postmark, to ensure email delivery to clients, or Freshbooks, to keep a tally on invoice totals. BidSketch also integrates with Highrise, the contact and customer relations organizer that many small businesses already use. For anyone who was on the fence about BidSketch before, the web-app’s new improvements make it a sure-fire bet for designers and entrepreneurs who send out project bids on a regular basis.
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Stephanie, thanks for taking the time to take another look at Bidsketch; I appreciate the kind words and feedback. In the next couple of months you’ll be seeing some pretty major features that I’ve been working on for a while (including optional fees), so a lot hard work is taking place for that 5 out of 5 rating 🙂
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