Alternative to Bidsketch

Credit where credit is due, Bidsketch were first to the scene. They've been around a long long time in the online proposal space but like with all things, age catches up to you. Times have changed massively in the last 5 years and their software seemingly hasn't been updated much, if at all since it's inception.

This is a look at some key differences between Better Proposals and Bidsketch in terms of software, features and approach.

Bidsketch's Editor

If you get annoyed at most online editors you'll absolutely hate this. One of the biggest issues with Bidsketch if you read online is how antiquated it feels when using the editor, you know, the bit you spend 98% of your time using?

It's not "preview as you go" so you're filling in text fields for each part of your proposal giving you little to no control over how it actually appears to your clients. Want a section to fit nicely on one page? Be prepared to press 'back' and 'next' a lot.

Better Proposals shows you what your content will look like as you're typing it. You're in full control of how everything looks but we don't let you make things look bad. Everything looks great by default.

Our proposal editor

Zero learning, automatically designed, lightning fast.

"I switched to Better Proposals to send my contracts and proposals to prospective clients and the feedback I receive is great every single time! I have a better conversion rate and the stylish proposals show my customers that I care about what I offer to them."

Layout of your proposals

Despite claiming to be moving towards a paperless world, their proposals are still designed around the concept of a piece of paper. This means you still need to adjust your proposal to sit on sheets of paper even when it's viewed on a computer screen.

We know that proposals get printed less than 0.2% of the time so there's just no need for that in this day and age.

With Better Proposals you're working with web pages. Your content is infinite. This means no worrying about formatting your text, resizing things, resizing pictures. Just throw in your content and let the automatic designer handle everything.

Here's how they look on mobile

A screenshot of one of our proposals is on the left, Bidsketch is on the right

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The templates Bidsketch provide are very weak from a sales perspective. Even if you were to use their software, I would recommend hiring a professional to write your proposal content. It's written as example content which means you need to edit every bit of it.

Of course, you have to tailor it to each client but every template available in the Better Proposals marketplace has won business. Not only by our customers but by us when we ran our digital agency and our close business friends.

Here's how some of our templates look

Interesting, engaging, colourful

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Michelle Webmatters
"For years, I’d been doing proposals the hard way – in Word and then to PDF. Every now and then in frustration, I’d sign up to test out a proposal system, but always rejected them. Then, I heard about Better Proposals and what really sold me was how good looking the proposal looked online, the tracking system is awesome, and it’s always exciting to get that email saying the proposal has been signed."
Web Matters

Bidsketch's Pricing

Bidsketch have been around a long time and definitely seem to have rested on their laurels somewhat. Their pricing isn't really geared up for small businesses and doesn't really seem suitable for high senders either. Here's a comparison of both our lowest pay-monthly plans: pricing chart bidsketch Every paid plan with Better Proposals has all premium features from advanced reporting to integrations and being completely unbranded, you'll find our Pay as you Go plan almost as good as their lowest paid plan.

This isn't an article bashing Bidsketch. They've done an incredible job to stay in business for the amount of time they have and they deserve credit for that. That said, the writing is on the wall and it seems if you look on review sites it doesn't take long for the same critisisms to come up again and again.

I hope they relaunch one day. Competition is good for everyone but right now, if you want a simple to use proposal system that saves you hours, your clients will love and doesn't need a training manual then try Better Proposals free and choose a plan later.

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