A common challenge for landscape businesses is bidding on a job. Bid too low and you lose money. Bid too high and you don't get the job. Fortunately, the University of Georgia takes the guesswork out of it.
The UGA "Cost Estimating and Job Bidding Workshops for Landscape Professionals" were filled twice this year. So the university is offering them again May 10-11 in Athens, Ga.
"After 26 years in the business, finally, someone made sense out of the bidding madness," one attender said after the March workshops.
UGA horticulturists Gary Wade and Elizabeth Winans and economist Cesar Escalante will provide computer software and show how to use it to estimate overhead, labor and equipment costs.
The first day's sessions will show how to use Hort Scape to figure landscape installation costs. Friday's program will show how to use Hort Management for maintenance cost estimating.
The workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. each day in Room 202 of Conner Hall on the UGA Athens campus. The program is limited to 40 people. Don't wait to sign up.
The registration fee is $100 for one workshop or $150 for both. The fee covers the cost of the software, lunch, refreshment breaks and instruction. When you sign up, you'll get a parking pass for one or both days, driving directions and a listing of local lodging options.
Register online at www.pware.com/2532 or by phone with a credit card at (706) 583-0347. Or download a form (www.hort.uga.edu/extension/programs/ cceCostEstJobBidRegistration.pdf) and fax it to (706) 583-0348 or mail it with a check to Carla Wood, University of Georgia, 200 Hoke Smith Building, Athens, GA 30602.
If you have questions, call Wood at (706) 583-0347. Or e-mail her at email@example.com.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)