At its best, working from home can be one of the most liberating experiences around. You get to pick your hours, you get to pick your routine, and you get to pick only the best clients for yourself. Whether it’s freelancing or just a very small business, it can be a way to support yourself without the friction of the nine-to-five.
That’s working from home at its best.
At its worst, working from home can be an almost endless foray into panic mode.
We’ve all had those months where it seems like you can’t land a client to save your life. You spend so much time hunting through job boards that you start to feel like you should get paid for it.
Or maybe it’s a major client who suddenly falls through on you, and all of the sudden you start wondering if you can live on tuna long enough to make it through the rough times.
Then there’s the other extreme, where you’re so full up with work that you start to forget what it’s like to take a break.
No matter your business, if you’re working from home you definitely know what they’re talking about when they say it’s either feast or famine. With the constant hassle of marketing yourself and building your business from the ground up, it’s easy to start wishing for something a little more stable.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I’m about to tell you about some “great new opportunity” to get a nine-to-five job. Rest assured, you’re not going to hear anything like that from me. I know very well that the last thing you want is to have something like that pushed on you, and I’m not even going to try.
What I am saying is: what if there was a new client out there who would get you out of the feast-and-famine cycle and into some steady work? Would that be worth a couple of minutes to learn more? Of course, it would.
So if you’ll give me just a couple minutes, I’ll tell you all about Government Contracting in the US.
Do I Qualify for Government Contracting?
Now, the first thing you’re wondering is whether there are any projects an at-home business like yours could do for the US Government. Don’t you have to be some huge firm that’s been around since Abraham Lincoln was President even to have a chance at landing a government contract?
The fact of the matter is, the US government works with firms of all sizes. The most important things to consider with the government is that they need projects of all sizes done. Sure, they’re going to have many projects that are a little beyond your scope, but as long as you can do good work and you’ve got a quality portfolio, they’ll consider you.
Don’t believe me? Government work has been known to take a one-person company and grow it into a good-sized small business. If you’ll look, you’ll find plenty of examples of major success through government contracting.
There was a woman running a business making clothes for special-needs people. She was working from home, with no employees, and then she got a government contract. Where is she now? She’s now running a firm with 40 employees and an annual gross income of $2.5 million.
(And if that’s not enough for you, you can find more stories like it in that link.)
So don’t you worry about it: if you’re a little bit established, and if you can prove your ability to do quality work, you can get on board with government contracting and make your business thrive.
Why Work With the Government?
So the government is a great opportunity if you’re planning on growing your business. Well, that’s all good and well, you think, but why would I want to do that? If this woman wants to grow her business till she needs 40 employees, that’s just fine. But you’re not out for that kind of growth. Why should you work with the government, then?
Fair enough. Believe me, I can definitely understand why you’d prefer keeping your business to yourself to having to manage 40 people. Some of us are out to make our fortunes, and some of us are just out to get the work done and pay the bills.
But no matter what your goals are, you should definitely consider working with the US government.
Why? Well, for one, working with the government is a major seal of approval. Qualifying to work with the government is a competitive process, so government work at any level will help to further your career. There’s nothing quite like having a testimonial from the US government bearing witness to the quality of your work.
If that’s not enough for you, consider this: the US government is the biggest consumer in the world. Annually, the federal government spends more than $400 billion dollars on contracts. Now, only 22.5 percent of that is reserved for small businesses, but no matter how you slice it that’s still plenty to support your at-home business. If you can get on board with government work, you can get in on some lucrative projects that will help your business succeed.
How to Win Government Contracts
So, if you’re interested in working with the government, you’re going to want to know how to get the process started. Well, the first thing to do is get yourself registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).
SAM registration is required for you to even be able to submit a bid for government contracting. It’s a fairly involved process, but the government has services in place to help you through. You can always find your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to give you free guidance through the registration process.
Once you’ve got the SAM registration, winning contracts is a matter of finding government procurements and issuing competitive bids for getting them. Fed Biz Opps offers an incomplete directory of government procurements, but if you want to be sure of picking up on the latest tenders, you’ll be sure to check somewhere a little more responsive.
If you want to keep abreast of the latest tenders, try our search engine here . We’ve got over 50,000 tenders added daily to our worldwide database. With that kind of firepower at your fingertips, you’re sure to find the tenders you’re looking for—faster than the competition.
I know the process of qualifying for government contracting can seem pretty daunting but remember: once you commit to the goal, you’ll find the strength to get it done.
Recap about Government Contracting: Why it’s Worth It
Working with the government isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. If you’re already rolling in clients, you probably won’t want to work with the government. If you don’t take pride in doing good work, you probably won’t want to work with the government. If you don’t want a long-term business relationship with the world’s largest consumer, you probably won’t want to work with the government.
But if you do have an interest in working with the government, take a minute and look over the SAM requirements on the website. Take a little while to mull it over. Let us know what you decide.
And if you’ve ever worked with the government before, let us know about your experience in the comments below! Was it a hard process for you? Have you kept up a business relationship with the government?
If you haven’t worked with the government before, have you thought about it? Is there something holding you back from making the final decision?
Looking forward to your comments, and as always, best of luck in your endeavors!