Recently I had the opportunity to bid on a big project – 3000 – 4000 pieces, which is really really big for me! My response was ‘Wow! Great! This is going to be fun!”
Then I heard the kicker; we needed to turn this entire project, from proposal to shipment in 5 days. OK. I can do that. (Not sure how I can do that, but that has never stopped me before, and I always get the job done).
I went into full court press on this one. I talked to the client about my concept. I called my vendors to check on immediate availability of product and supplies. I talked to UPS about special pickups at a different location. I found an immediately available location to rent for a week. I estimated very carefully how long it would take an untrained person to put a package together to my standards, and therefore how long the project would take to complete and how many labor hours I would need in 3 days. My spreadsheet was a thing of beauty.
Of course, I didn’t get the job. I was very disappointed, because I was quite psyched for the challenge of it all. But after a pause I decided I was o.k. with not getting the job. The client seemed very impressed with my ability to create a viable proposal in just a few hours and was happy with what I presented. I hold onto the hope that there may be a future opportunity from that same client. Even more important, I had a terribly good time in figuring all this out. It was like buying a lottery ticket – while I was planning and dreaming I was really enjoying myself, even if there was no payout at the end.
And that is definitely worth the time invested.