Issue Date: 
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.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Routine maintenance of the municipal ICT infrastructure & support provision as and when required for a period of 36 months (3 years). 2019-08-19 11:00 No reference number
Appointment of a panel of maximum 8 contractors for civil engineering works for a period of 36 months, on as and when required basis 2019-08-21 11:00 No reference number
Appointment of a panel of maximum 8 contractors for civil engineering works for a period of 36 months, on as and when required basis. 2019-08-22 11:00 No reference number
Consultancy Services On Integrated Monitoring And Evaluation Of Implementation Of Sharm El-Sheikh Commitments And Africa Water Vision 2025 Based On The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) 2019-08-01 15:00 AUC/DREAC/066
Consultancy services for SAP bank communication management 2019-08-02 15:00 No reference number
Lease of The Hartenbos Sports Grounds 2019-07-19 12:00 117-18/19
Provision of Software Application for a Land Use Management System (Property Register, Valuations and Zoning Register) And Support Services 2019-07-26 12:00 114-18/19
Hire of Portable Chemical Flush Toilets 2019-08-02 12:00 121-18/19
Managing and Demolishing of informal Settlements within the Mossel Bay area 2019-08-02 12:00 123-18/19
Supply, delivery, fitment and balancing of tyres 2019-08-08 12:00 TDR-5/2019
Removal Of Sewer Sludge 2019-08-08 12:00 TDR-6/2019
Lease of Steel Containers For Beehive Purposes 2019-08-16 12:00 122-18/19
Sale, collect and remove of scrap metal at Wellington Waste Water Treatment. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 15: 2019/2020
Cleaning of Planning and Customer Services at Jan van Riebeeck Weg 15 (unit 6) for the period up to 31 December 2019. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 14: 2019/2020
Safe handling, collection, transportation and disposal of asbestos for the period up to 30 June 2020. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 13: 2019/2020
Pauper funerals in Drakenstein Area from August 2019 till 31 December 2019. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 3: 2019/2020 (Readvertise)
Appointment of a panel of a maximum 8 contractors for sanitation works for a period of 36 months, on as and when required basis 2019-08-22 11:00 No reference number
Supply & delivery of air conditioners in the Drakenstein Municipal Area for a period up to 30 June. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 12: 2019/2020
Supply & delivery of wooden bitumen poles for HT lines for a period up to 30 June 2020. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 11: 2019/2020
Tenders are invited for the Civil Designer Software Training as per Specifications available at SCM: Acquisitions, Harrower Road, Port Elizabeth, 2019-07-19 11:00 CSQ07191667

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Extension of validity period

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Those of you who are familiar with responding to tenders will know that it is common practice for procuring entities to extend the bid price validity period. We received the undermentioned queries regarding the extension of the validity period of the bid price.

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