With all of the commercial bidding websites available, it can be hard to know which one works for your business. This list of commercial bidding websites is in no particular order and contains many commercial bidding websites that have leads that will work for your business. Each website has a different user interface and pricing, but they have successfully connected subcontractors with projects.
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9 Best Commercial Bidding Websites
One of the commercial bidding websites, BidClerk.com, offers complete details with contact information for all key decision-makers. As well as plans and specifications for the project, and the ability to search tags and save those searches. This makes the bid process easier since you don’t have to keep setting up searches on the platform. One of the better benefits of BidClerk is its mobile-friendliness and ability to export events to your calendar. Of course, BidClerk is one of the more popular sites, so subcontractors could end up in a sea of bidders.
Construction.com is a subsidiary of McGraw Hill Financial but operates primarily out on its own. Dodge Global Network runs Construction.com in conjunction with Dodge Data & Analytics. Construction.com offers users impressive amounts of data that can be used to find the right projects. Besides helping users find the right projects, it can also provide analysis of company and project data to improve user projects. However, a lead report to try construction.com can be a bit pricey.
PlanHub is growing to be one of the leading commercial bidding websites. General Contractors can utilize PlanHub bidding software and plan room for free. Subcontractors can use PlanHub for free when invited by the General Contractor to bid on a specific project. If they wish to view and bid on other projects, PlanHub is very affordable and offers pricing packages based on the distance that you are willing to travel for projects. PlanHub also has instant messaging to provide a timely communication channel between subcontractors and general contractors during the bidding phase. With a growing number of subcontractor companies relying on PlanHub as their commercial bidding platform, General Contractors that utilize PlanHub can easily and quickly grow their network of qualified subcontractors.
Construction Bid Source offers lots of bid news. Subcontractors can view bid dates for a variety of projects in their area and filter by location. Their basic free version provides users the ability to advertise their company on projects, favorite projects, and view projects being bid. Their paid versions allow users to view owner contact info and download documents. People wanting to try the site can see what works for them before entering into a contract.
Beta.SAM.gov is now home to all current contract opportunities formerly posted to FBO.gov. There is no fee to register, and it is free to use and see opportunities. However, not every opportunity on the site is for construction. Construction subcontractors must use the advanced search function in order to specify the type of contract. One of the downsides of using beta.SAM.gov over other commercial bidding websites is that it is clunky. It can be hard to find jobs that match your company’s interests or get to the right page. But it is free and can lead to excellent opportunities for those with the patience to learn it.
GovernmentBids.com is another commercial bidding website. It also offers data on many commercial bidding projects; not all of them are construction leads. However, it is easier to filter through the data to find what works for you. But it does require a subscription in order to see the bid documents, agency, and descriptions. The website is cleaner and more comfortable to follow, but this site costs users to be able to see the bid data. Which is different from the other government bid site.
iSqFt is another one of the commercial bidding websites. It is a bit larger, and now part of the ConstructConnect group. It provides users with actionable bid data and helps subcontractors connect with general contractors. General contractors also can send bid invites directly to subcontractors, so working relationships continue to work. iSqFt also offers a takeoff solution to help subcontractors provide better, more accurate bids and win more work.
One of the best commercial bidding websites is ConstructionWire.com. It offers reliable leads for new commercial construction projects. It gives subcontractors the ability to get full company reports so they can look up the owners, developers, and contractors associated with the project. ConstructionWire.com also helps subcontractors connect with the people involved by supplying their contact information. The interface is simple and easy to use and can fit most budgets.
BidCentral is another commercial bidding website. BidCentral is unique in that it has a built-in reminder system that allows you to keep track of important “to-do’s. New project opportunities are delivered to your inbox when projects that match your keywords get posted. These are posted daily, so you don’t always have to be checking your email. BidCentral organizes documents into categories so that you can easily find information and materials efficiently.
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