For subcontractors, time is money.

It’s important to reduce time spent on tedious, manual tasks so you can focus on growing your business — and we’re here to help you do just that. If you’re a Bid Board Pro user, here are four easy ways to save time (and win more of the jobs you want) by automating your day-to-day work.

1. Automatically forward bid invites

As a subcontractor with Bid Board Pro, you can forward bid invites from your email inbox to BuildingConnected so you can keep track of all your bids in one place and eliminate manual data entry. All you have to do is forward any bid invites you receive to bidboard@buildingconnected.com, and presto! Our system will automatically capture all the information from the email and convert it into a bid on your Bid Board.

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of what that all looks like inside your account.

2. Automatically sync your work calendar

It’s much easier to hit due dates and manage workloads when you’re using a single, centralized calendar. Simply sync your work calendar with Bid Board Pro to ensure everyone’s events can be easily surfaced in one team calendar that’s accessible on all your devices.

You can also customize your view by week or month and filter to control what you see — which means staying ahead of the game and planning out workloads.

Here are the instructions you’ll need to set up your calendar sync with Bid Board Pro:

Google Calendar
Outlook/Office 365
iCalendar
iPhone

Bonus: View and update bid invites straight from your calendar

3. Automatically calculate your hit rates

If you aren’t taking advantage of this feature, you’re missing out on some incredibly valuable insights. Bid Board Pro allows you to automatically compare hit rates by dollar value, client, or estimator to see how your team is performing and if you’re spending your time bidding on the right projects.

You don’t even have to set anything up to access this data: you’re automatically given your hit rate and other analytics based on the information tracked in your account (and no worries – this data isn’t accessible to anyone else). You can also modify how Bid Board Pro calculates those stats at any time.

4. Automatically find general contractors bidding on projects

Have you ever bid on a competitive project and not known all the general contractors involved with it? Client Suggestions is a feature that surfaces this information for you.

With Client Suggestions, you can automatically find the general contractors bidding on any job you’ve been invited to, track them together, and submit proposals to all of them in just a click. This is crucial intel you would have otherwise only been able to find looking through public plan rooms or personally calling general contractors one by one.

Here’s exactly how to uncover Client Suggestions in your account.

Wrap up

Bid Board Pro is designed to make your life easier so you can focus on what truly matters: doing great work and increasing profits. These key features will help you save time, automate manual tasks, and ultimately win more of the bids you want.