Creating a successful bid for school photography contracts can be difficult if you do not understand the process. In order for your bid be successful, you must understand the needs of the students, teachers, parents and all administration, including the school board. If you forget any of their needs and do not follow certain steps, you will not be successful.

Step 1
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Your first step to the bidding process is to set up a contact list. This list should include the name and contact information for the board president, board secretary, school superintendent, principal and parent teacher's association president.

Step 2
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Before you submit a bid you need to know what budget the school has set aside for the project. You want to provide an all-inclusive bid that has everything the panel has requested. Make sure to clearly list every service included in the bid. You could also provide a cost per student price, along with the all-inclusive bid. The bid should include all relative information on your proposal and your own resume, showing samples of your work.

Step 3
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Prepare a bid package for everyone who is part of the decision making process and then allow them at least one week to review the materials you provided and the bid.

Step 4
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When you submit the bid you need to provide all your contact information with each bid that is submitted. The panel will review the bid and could reject it at any point, make sure you are available for questions or clarifications, otherwise you could be rejected if they did not understand your bid.

Step 5
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The bid will be discussed at a board meeting, which all the panel members will attend and vote after presenting it to the public. You want to attend this meeting as well and answer any additional questions that may come up.