I’ve set up a new community specifically for bid writers through Mightybell:
There are a number of reasons why I’ve set up this community and I go into those in more detail in an introduction post on the site itself but, in brief:
- LinkedIn groups and discussions are great but don’t quite provide the cohesive community bid writers in the UK could benefit from, particularly as the understanding of and producing of bids differ wildly across the world.
- Bid writing can be lonely work, whether you’re freelance or in-house. It’d be good to have a place to talk about what we do without people’s eyes glazing over or them running screaming into the hills.
- Bid writing as an industry and/or specialised field in itself lacks coherence and would benefit from sharing best practice, experience, values and standards.
- It’s an opportunity to band together with the aim of helping to improve the procurement process, given our unique insight.
- It’s an opportunity to find ways not just to raise the profile and worth of bid writers across the board but also to minimise risks to ourselves, especially freelancers – you know you know what I’m talking about..!
Why UK Bid Writers Guild?
UK – because bids, tenders, RFQs, RFPs, PQQs, ITTs, etc., etc. are different animals in different parts of the world. There are plenty of resources and communities out there that include all and I don’t want to specifically exclude anyone, but I do think that somewhere with a primary focus on UK bids is missing from the mix right now.
Bid Writers – yes, and all of those involved in bids too, whether full time, part time, freelance, in-house, aspiring, ‘bid-curious’, bid managers, coordinators, whatever your formal title is, if you write or manage bids, you are welcome. If you assess bid responses or put together bid request documentation, it’d be good to meet you too.
(Pedants – I have left apostrophes out of the word ‘Writers’ deliberately, just to mess with your minds)
Guild – the (or rather, a) definition of a guild is: ‘An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards’. Which is pretty much exactly what I’d like this community to be.
Just another social network to keep up with? Possibly. But it offers smaller, more focused networking for groups with a niche interest. It also offers more than just messaging services, which, as people whose lives seemingly revolve around the creation of documents, might be great for us.
The network itself is a start up from Gina Bianchini, formerly of Ning, so she knows a thing or seven about social networking for communities. In fact, it was Ning I had in mind when I went looking and found Mightybell. At the moment, it’s free for our purposes; if we reach a critical mass at some point we may need to look at subscriptions but I think that’s a long way off in the future. News about Mightybell, if you want to know more (also, Google is your friend):
(I am not affiliated in any way with Mightybell. I do however get a bit excited about social networks from time to time and this one seems a good fit for this purpose.)
How do you join?
You can ping me and ask me for an invite or you can join up to Mightybell, seek out the UK Bid Writers Guild community and join that way.
Let me know what you think and what you’d like to see as part of the community.
PS: If anyone can come up with a fantabulous guild logo/seal/thing, please do!