At TenderScout, we’re on a mission to share the news about tenders being a growth hack for SMEs with every business-owner. Although people are willing to listen, many have reservations about the tender process, believing it to be time-consuming, tedious and full of bureaucratic obstacles.
If you’re like the vast majority of small-medium-businesses (SMBs) you’ll have concluded that it’s not really worth the effort – it’s too resource intensive, too costly and the outcomes are too unpredictable to be considered worthy of investment.
Those are just some of the sentiments that I hear from bid managers and sales executive, when I ask them why they’re avoiding government contracts. To a large extent they’re right to. The average win rate for an SME is an appalling 26% according to PwC’s most recent report into European procurement Activity (Report).
As I travel back from the SaaStr 2017, an annual orgy of all that is SaaS, held in San Francisco, I’m musing on what I’ve heard from the founders of leading companies like Facebook, Dumo and Zendesk. Many of the speakers, tell stories of their journey to Annual Recurring Revenues (ARR) to $100m within 5 to 8 year timeframes. They tell stories about cracking $1m in their first 18 months and the struggle to get to $5-6m ARR – when the “cavalry arrives” over the next 18 months.
Last night was a humbling experience for me personally as well as the entire team at TenderScout. We picked up not one, but two awards at the 21st eir Spider Awards which took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
This article first appeared on Dublin Globe.
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