Will the Best Bid work on Windows 8?
All First Choice and Best Bid products will operate on all Windows operating systems. As Windows evolves to the next operation system we will follow.
What is the difference between the Best Bid and the Best Bid Hybrid?
The Best Bid is estimating software. You enter quantities of items (lights, receptacles, switches etc.) and the Best Bid software calculates the cost to furnish and install those items. The Best Bid Hybrid has the same estimating software built in but with the addition of an on-screen take-off software. You import your PDF drawings and you can do your counts and measurements from your computer screen. These counts and measurements are then moved to the estimating side of the software. As a brief example of how the software can save you time, consider when you have 100 receptacles on a project. Without our software, you start by thinking, I need: 100-receptacles, 100 plates, 100 boxes, 100 grounding straps, 100-plaster rings, 2000’ EMT, 200 connectors, 200 couplings, 6000’ of 12 THHN, 400-screws, etc.
We have (4) estimators in our office, and I have a laptop that I carry with me. Do you offer a discount on 5 licenses?
You are entitled to as many licenses as your company needs at no extra charge. One price covers everything you will ever need.
How much time will I save by using estimating software? I am currently using pen and paper.
We could boast and make outrageous claims about how much time you will save, but the truth is, everyone is different. The more you use the software, the faster you will get. The more shortcuts you install and the more you customize the software to your company, the more time you will save.
As a brief example of how the software can save you time, consider when you have 100 receptacles on a project.
Without our software, you start by thinking, I need: 100-receptacles, 100 plates, 100 boxes, 100 grounding straps, 100-plaster rings, 2000’ EMT, 200 connectors, 200 couplings, 6000’ of 12 THHN, 400-screws, etc. So you create a material list. Then you price the material. Then you extend your prices. Next you add man-hours to each item and extend that column and on and on.
With our software, before you enter your first line item, all I have to do is enter 100 and select enter, and I am finished. All is detailed, and with no errors. In all our years in business, we have never seen anyone go back to pen and paper once they learn a software.
Does the software come with man-hours and prices?
Yes the material is priced and each item has an associated man-hour or time to install it.
How do you update material prices?
You have a few choices when it comes to updating your material prices. You can simply type over the old price by referencing price sheets from your local supply house. Most people just monitor wire and conduit. You can also use a pricing service. We only recommend NetPricer. They use your personal material pricing from your local supply house.
Will your software work on Mac operating systems?
All of our software is Windows based. We don’t support Mac OS, but we have many users that use Boot Camp or Parallels with the Windows operating system loaded on their Macs, and they report that it runs great.
How soon after I order the software will it take to receive it?
Software that is sent by mail is shipped the next business day and takes 2 to 3 days to receive. The Best Bid and the Best Bid Hybrid are downloaded via a link that is given at the time of purchase, so you can start estimating hours after you purchase the software.
Can I trade in my older software when I out grow it?
We have the best buyout program going. You always receive 100% full value when you trade up to the next level product.
I am interested in moving to computer estimating, but I am not sure I can afford it.
Every electrical contractor of any size needs an electrical estimating software. It is the most important tool that you own. You will fail or succeed on your ability to estimate. Computer software computes 1000s of equations in a fraction of the time that it takes to perform the task manually.
Software never makes a mistake. It never ask for a raise or calls in sick. It is ready when you are and does not require overtime pay. It will easily take the place of two estimators that are using pen and paper. It will reduce your overhead.
The real question is, can you afford not to have electrical estimating software?
Can I send my material out for pricing if I chose not to use the computer pricing that is loaded in the software, or do I have to type in all new prices?
Sure, on tight competitive bids you can create a material list and send it out for pricing. You can then simply enter your material quote and select “overwrite computer pricing”. It is that easy. You will not need to change each item one at a time.
Does the software come with a way to create proposals?
Our Best Bid product line comes with 3 styles of proposals. These can be changed or even exported to Word for one-time changes. They range from very simple to several pages.