How Important are modifications to my GSA Schedule?

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Modifications to your GSA Schedule are perhaps the most overlooked of all the upkeep required to make your GSA Schedule a profitable venture for your company. When was the last time you updated the pricing on your schedule to reflect a commercial price increase? Are you selling new product lines commercially that you haven’t added to your GSA Schedule? Did you perform a new service commercially but haven’t added it to your GSA Schedule? How many irrelevant products are taking ...

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What is the relevance of the System for Award Management (SAM)?

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www.sam.gov

Many people have spent many years government contracting and there has always been some sort of government tracking system for federal contractors. A long time ago it was ORCA and then CCR and finally they combined the two to form the System for Award Management. If you are interested in working any federal U.S. Government contracts then you must be registered in SAM. IN order to register in SAM you must first obtain and DUNS Number:

https://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/companylookup.htm

A DUNS registration ...

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What could I possibly learn from all of the Government Websites?

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As we all know every Federal, State and Local agency has a website. This means that are a potential of thousands if not tens of thousands of websites that provide information in regards to procurement. Obviously not one person can take time to look at everyone of these websites but someone might want to single a few out to learn more about the potential agency they would like to work with. The most difficult part of this is knowing which ...

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Are Conferences or Webinars really worth attending?

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This is a very common question in government sales. How do I know if the conference that I’m looking at attending is worth the amount I have to pay to set up a booth, take people away from work for a few days, pay their travel? Many times it’s a combination of factors that determine whether or not conferences are going to be right for your company:

1. Do you have available funds in your marketing account to send people to ...

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Why should I consider outsourcing my GSA schedule work?

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GSA Schedule work can take a significant amount of a small businesses time in order to make the schedule as successful as it can be for your company. There are many companies out there that will offer to help you manage this work but not all of them are really worth the amount they will charge. On the other hand there are some companies out there that are worth their weight in gold and much more.

What can these companies ...

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How do I know what my competitors are charging?

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Keeping abreast of your competition and their prices is an important factor in government work. While most competitors will underbid their published GSA or Federal Prices significantly, you can still find a basis for your pricing by researching your competitor. The problem is knowing where to find this information, here are a few different places you can look:

1. GSA Advantage https://www.gsaadvantage.gov/outage.html
This site will show you if your competition has a GSA Schedule and if so what their published ...

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Where can I find opportunities to sell to the Government?

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For many companies, knowing where to look and how to set up searches to find that perfect opportunity is one of the more complicated tasks. There are many sites out there designed to give you federal contracting opportunities, mostly paid with a few free sites. In this blog we will discuss the best ones for companies to use.

1. GSA Ebuy https://www.ebuy.gsa.gov/advantage/ebuy/start_page.do
This site is only available to contractors that have gone through the GSA Schedule application process and been ...

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What are mass modifications and what do I need to do

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Mass modifications are emails sent by the government because part of your GSA schedule has updated its terms and conditions and you must go in and accept these modifications to the terms and conditions of your contract. These pesky little emails are often overlooked and there is no real penalty until you try and do something you need to do in order to update your schedule such as increase your pricing or add new products. Then the whole process of ...

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Why is Quarterly Reporting and IFF so confusing?

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This very simple process that the government has set up to fund their GSA and FSS has left many contractors confused about what they should and should not report as a GSA sale. I get questions from my clients every quarter about what to report and what not to report. As long as you follow a few simple rules it makes this process much easier.

1. Delineate federal customers in your accounting software. I know that in QuickBooks you are able ...

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Welcome to the Best blog on the Internet for Federal Strategy and Help!

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Good Morning Everyone and thanks for checking out my blog!

The goal of this blog is to help companies with the strategies that I have used in order to help build successful businesses in the federal contracting world. Weekly I will be giving away strategies or approaches to problems that I have helped solve in working with many different businesses. By subscribing or checking out my blog weekly, you will find useful strategies that you can use in the federal contracting ...

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