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Bconcretegirl 02-07-2013 11:03 PM

need help on bidding for concrete jobs!
 
Hello there.new to this site and Im hoping I can learn some things from reading your posts.
I have been working for my dads concrete business since I was 16 as his secretary. A couple years after I graduated, one day he needed an extra hand on a jobsite and I did not hesitate to hop in the truck and go. Even though it was only to wash the tools and put everything away after they were done pouring, I was so happy to be out from behind the computer and getting my hands dirty. Since then ive been working as a laborer and as well as office manager now. I enjoy every minute of it. Yes Im a female and I work my ass off and not afraid of hardwork. :) Anyways, recently we got slammed with jobs. Big and small.. and someone needs to go bid those jobs, so my dad tossed this part in my hands... Heres why Im writing this.. WHAT INFO DO I NEED TO BID JOBS? WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO I LOOK FOR? WHAT QUESTIONS DO I ASK? ANY HELP, TIPS, DO AND DONTS.. I COULD REALLY USE GUYS. [/COLOR][/FONT]
[FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=darkorange]( I WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN NOW BECAUSE LATER DOWN THE ROAD I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE OVER THE FAMILY BUSINESS) SO PLEASE HELP! AND THANK YOU! :thumbup::thumbsup:

griz 02-07-2013 11:58 PM

... WHAT INFO DO I NEED TO BID JOBS?

Plans/specs, Time frames, concrete specs, wages, bonds, location

WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO I LOOK FOR?

Access to job, bid specs, plan details, coordination

WHAT QUESTIONS DO I ASK?

Anything you can think of...

HELP, TIPS, DO AND DONTS.. I COULD REALLY USE GUYS.

Don't be afraid to ask questions...

I WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN NOW BECAUSE LATER DOWN THE ROAD I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE OVER THE FAMILY BUSINESS
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Learn girl learn....:thumbsup:

skillman 02-08-2013 12:05 AM

Did your dad teach you anything that was on business side . You should of picked up on some common stuff . Griz . . . . . Said it

CScalf 02-08-2013 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bconcretegirl (Post 1699700)
Hello there.
new to this site and Im hoping I can learn some things from reading your posts.
I have been working for my dads concrete business since I was 16 as his secretary. A couple years after I graduated, one day he needed an extra hand on a jobsite and I did not hesitate to hop in the truck and go. Even though it was only to wash the tools and put everything away after they were done pouring, I was so happy to be out from behind the computer and getting my hands dirty. Since then ive been working as a laborer and as well as office manager now. I enjoy every minute of it. Yes Im a female and I work my ass off and not afraid of hardwork. :) Anyways, recently we got slammed with jobs. Big and small.. and someone needs to go bid those jobs, so my dad tossed this part in my hands... Heres why Im writing this.. WHAT INFO DO I NEED TO BID JOBS? WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO I LOOK FOR? WHAT QUESTIONS DO I ASK? ANY HELP, TIPS, DO AND DONTS.. I COULD REALLY USE GUYS.
( I WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN NOW BECAUSE LATER DOWN THE ROAD I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE OVER THE FAMILY BUSINESS)
SO PLEASE HELP!
AND THANK YOU! :thumbup::thumbsup:

you haven't picked up on anything yet?

CScalf 02-08-2013 12:27 AM

You'll screw up a few bids here and there, we all do/have/did. Don't get bummed, just learn from it and move on. Become your dad's shadow, watch and listen, you'll learn all you need to know. If something doesn't make sense, ask!

The more you do bids, the better you get at them:thumbsup:

griz 02-08-2013 12:29 AM

Lose that dam orange font chit....:thumbsup:

You are not writing to your boyfriend or girlfriends on here....:laughing:

skyhook 02-08-2013 12:58 AM

All things concrete come down to :
You work it or it works you.
:thumbup:

Bconcretegirl 02-08-2013 03:57 AM

Okay. Thanks for the replys and yes I have picked up on some things but I just wanted to see what other contractors look for. he's only brought me along to a few appts for bids but just wanted to see what else was out there not just from my dad.. I've learned alot from him but I know there's more things to learn and would like different advice from different contractors..
And okay I'll get rid of the orange font. ( its safety orange lol) and the color of our work shirts..

greg24k 02-08-2013 05:41 AM

Most importantly, make sure you have a calculator... just in-case you were out sick when they learned additions and multiplications.:thumbsup:

CScalf 02-08-2013 09:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bconcretegirl (Post 1699862)
Okay. Thanks for the replys and yes I have picked up on some things but I just wanted to see what other contractors look for. he's only brought me along to a few appts for bids but just wanted to see what else was out there not just from my dad.. I've learned alot from him but I know there's more things to learn and would like different advice from different contractors..
And okay I'll get rid of the orange font. ( its safety orange lol) and the color of our work shirts..

Aww look at you trying to be all color coordinated:rolleyes:

Don't listen to these guys, they are meany heads, stick with me i'll help:cheesygri would you like a :drink:

Littlefield 02-12-2013 10:36 PM

I'd recommend getting a standard way of estimating from your dad, unless you're just going to guess at a price? Sometimes it's tough to learn from parents.

Get a roller wheel to take measurements, it will give you confidence in your figures, and will look better to those that think you are too green.

Check your dads labor rates against something like RS Means pricing book, more for the time factor than the actual pricing. They sell them at Lowes and Home Depot.

Once you can estimate close, by checking your figures against a real jobs final figures, plan on learning how to sell, cause its a whole nother ball game!

Keep asking questions.

Bconcretegirl 02-13-2013 12:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Littlefield (Post 1703812)
I'd recommend getting a standard way of estimating from your dad, unless you're just going to guess at a price? Sometimes it's tough to learn from parents.

Get a roller wheel to take measurements, it will give you confidence in your figures, and will look better to those that think you are too green.

Check your dads labor rates against something like RS Means pricing book,more for the time factor than the actual pricing. They sell them at Lowes and Home Depot.

Once you can estimate close, by checking your figures against a real jobs final figures, plan on learning how to sell, cause its a whole nother ball game!

Keep asking questions.


thank you!! Yes it is tough learning from them. That is why I joined this site, to get different ideals and suggestions... I don't always go to my dad for questions. I watch other contractors and have talk in person to different as well.. people do things different.. I have looked up different books on the internet to kinda help me as well.. And again thank you.. :)

griz 02-13-2013 12:16 AM

Some other things to consider"

Availability of help in local labor pool...

Pay attention to mix design specs...& truck time specs

access to job...pump?

Acceptable tolerances for finish slab...

Acceptable cure procedures...

control joint specs...

reinforcing steel...

Time frame for form removal...

I'm sure there is more I just can't think of them now...:laughing:

Good Luck to you....

Thanks for losing the orange font...:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Bconcretegirl 02-13-2013 01:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by griz (Post 1703960)
Some other things to consider"

Availability of help in local labor pool...

Pay attention to mix design specs...& truck time specs

access to job...pump?

Acceptable tolerances for finish slab...

Acceptable cure procedures...

control joint specs...

reinforcing steel...

Time frame for form removal...

I'm sure there is more I just can't think of them now...:laughing:

Good Luck to you....

Thanks for losing the orange font...:thumbsup::thumbsup:

:laughing: your welcome!
And thank you i'm sure there's alot more and I'll learn as I go.. i'm sure even when I get pass my dads age I'll still learn something new.. :) and thank you for the luck i'm gonna need it..

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brunothedog 12-04-2013 12:25 PM

run your numbers with your father.
if you give him a quote for a job, and he says"if they'll give us that", that means your to high
if he saids"go back to school, its better for you, and me"your to low


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