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Thursday, January 31, 2019

2 items that determine tender pricing

Article by Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Many bidders that respond to tenders struggle when it comes to calculating a price for a specific tender. One of the reasons for this is that a large number of Small Business Owners are usually new to the tender process and therefore they lack the necessary experience to price their bids correctly.

Without getting into the fundamentals of accounting there are two basic items that determine your tender price. In fact, these two basic items should always be your guide when determining your price on the goods or services you sell.

The two items that determine pricing is:

  • Direct Costs; and
  • Indirect Costs.
  1. Direct Costs

Direct Cost is the cost that one pays to either:

  • Produce goods or services; or
  • The cost price you pay to procure goods or products that you will resell to your customers.

In other words, if you manufacture wooden chairs your Direct Cost will be the money you spend on purchasing the wood for the chairs. Other Direct Cost in manufacturing wooden chairs would be wood glue, nails and labour costs.

Thus, when responding to a tender you must take the utmost care that you include all your Direct Costs in your tender price.

  1. Indirect Costs

Indirect Cost is the expense that you have to incur to run your business and these costs do not necessarily generate any income. Some of the most common Indirect Cost that your business incurs will be:

  • Rent
  • Utility expenses such as electricity and water
  • Telephone
  • Stationary
  • Salaries and wages
  • Accounting fees

It is very important to include Indirect Cost in your tender price. Remember that the tender will form part of your normal day-to-day business and therefore it must contribute to your Indirect Cost.

The question is how to calculate how much of the Indirect Cost is contributable to the tender. There isn’t one specific rule but one of the more common rules is to estimate the time spend on servicing the tender and then use that to factor in the Indirect Cost into the tender price. In other words if you have to spend 50% of your time servicing the tender then 50% of your Indirect Cost should be part of your tender price.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Book and pay online at www.howtotender.co.za. Please contact Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

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Appointment of professional service provider to manage restoration and invasive plant projects for 4 months: March 2019 – June 2019 2019-02-26 12:00 334/2018/19
Appointment Of A Service Provider For Supply, Delivery And Off-Loading Of Fire Tunic For City Of Mbombela For A period Of 36 Months 2019-03-05 11:00 164/2018
Supply and delivery of electrical cables for a period of three years. 2019-03-20 12:00 51/2018/19
Procurement of accommodation to support the march 2019 grade 12 SSIP Camps 2019-03-01 12:00 CS/SCM/TDU/SSIP/R18-19/37
Appointment of Three (03) Service Providers to Print, Supply and Deliver Stationery for a period of three (03) years 2019-03-20 10:00 PM104/2018
Lambani Bridge 2019-03-20 11:00 47/2018/2019
Supply and delivery of stationery and office supplies for a period of one (1) year 2019-03-06 12:00 52/2018/19
Supply and delivery of cleaning and maintenance products (highly concentrated and concentrated) for a period of one (1) year 2019-03-06 12:00 53/2018/19
Construction of Gwangwatini to Ngalavhani low-level river crossing 2019-03-25 11:00 48/2018/2019
Supply, delivery and installation of 5MVA transformer with auxiliary items at SS5 substation 2019-03-08 14:00 SCM/BID14/2018/19
Appointment of a service provider: Intabazwe / Harrismith extension 3 new surfaced roads Phase 2 2019-03-22 14:00 SCM/BID13/2018/19
Appointment of a service provider: Construction of sewer reticulation network in Namahadi 2019-03-22 14:00 SCM/BID12/2018/19
Appointment of a service provider: Upgrade of Motebang Street in Qwaqwa: 1km – Phase 1 2019-03-22 14:00 SCM/BID11/2018/19
Request for proposal to develop a market development plan for South African manufactured chemicals 2019-03-12 12:00 T03/02/19
Request for sector development and implementation plan to support sustainable veterinary pharmaceutical industry development in South Africa 2019-03-11 12:00 T02/02/19
Department of Science and Technology: Appointment of a service provider to pilot Bio-cultural Community Protocol in Mpumalanga Province 2019-03-04 13:00 RFQ-0000063
Invitation for project tenders (Phase 1): The Uniting Reformed Church Atteridgeville - Alterations and additions to existing church buildings on Erf 1088 no. 19 Matseke Street 2019-03-12 12:00 No reference supplied
Insurance for Msukaligwa Local Municipality for a period of three (3) years. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 27/2018
Maintenance of highmast lights: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 26/2018
Repairing of open kiosk/mini-sub/ pole mounted transformers: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 25/2018

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By Werner van Rooyen

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  1. Definition

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