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Custom Bid Business Partners start in one of 3 categories:

1. Reseller — If you or your firm is in the business of reselling software, you're probably looking for ways to enhance your offerings to include web services. Custom Bid is the right choice if you're looking for:
  • A learning curve for your sales force that makes them ready to compel orders in 1 hour.
  • An easy ancillary sale to your current offerings. Custom Bid is applicable to anyone wishing to put a custom bid online, that is, just about every one of your customers.
  • A quick sale since subscription pricing is within everyone's immediate signature authority.
  • A way out of collecting money. Custom Bid does that for you.
Would you like a sale that keeps paying every month?

2. Software Integrator - One advantage of a web service is how easily it integrates with other software. If you need to provide online bids as part of your application, let us show you how that can be a component we can provide faster, easier, and cheaper than doing it yourself.

3. Value Added Reseller — Whereas Custom Bid is a very effective tool to put bids online, it requires someone to manage the bid process. Some Custom Bid customers are happy to do that for themselves. Some look to marketing professionals with an understanding of the internet. This is where a Value Added Reseller comes in, typically with a proposal to your client that includes Custom Bid and the services to produce a complete online marketing machine. Usually, this is priced at many times the cost of Custom Bid alone. And this is the best part - we become your collection agent, rolling your fee into the subscription price and making your past due collection problems a thing of the past.

If you are a Custom Bid trail blazer, we invite you to join our Business Partners. We are committed to helping uncover new Custom Bid applications in areas that are profitable for our Business Partners.

The process begins with an application form you use to introduce yourself and your plans. You are assigned to a Partner Advocate who responds by either approving your application or suggesting ways to improve your value proposition.

RefCode EntryOnce onboard, we assign you a RefCode that we use to track your commissions. Whenever a Custom Bid customer first signs up, they can enter a RefCode as shown to the right. This identifies them as your customer.

As a Business Partner, you are also assigned an account on our members-only Business Portal section. With your RefCode and a password, you will see a page like the one below showing your sales commissions, as well as a place to set your prices for Custom Bid sales.

Sample Partner Info

Besides a competitive commission structure, we can provide the following to help build your Custom Bid community:
  1. Custom website development addressing your specialized community with a URL like This may include focused content you provide and signup forms automatically channeling into your commission structure.
  2. Development of custom demos structured like our baseline demo, but focused on your specialized Custom Bid application area — and with the slides linking to your signup form.
  3. Co-development of marketing collateral like Powerpoint slides.
  4. Published authors ready to help you produce newsworthy articles for your community's trade magazines.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What are the commission rates?
Can I have people I train work at this with me?
How often can I change my prices?

What are the commission rates?
These are negotiated person-to-person and depend on factors like how well matched your community is to Custom Bid, how much you will do to make things happen, what you plan to charge, etc. We also typically give more of a commission on the signup fee for resellers and consultants since that is where you often make your most important contribution. Such startup fee commissions can range from 20% to 50% with monthly subscription commissions around 10%.

Value Added Resellers set their own startup and monthly commission rates. Part-time Internet Marketing Managers (with experience) can charge several thousand dollars per month to develop and maintain an online bid system, for example, and we may retain $50/mo to deliver Custom Bid and to collect and pass on their fee automatically.

Can I have people I train work at this with me?
Yes. And we can negotiate a separate RefCode for each person you bring aboard such that you share in their commission structure. If John Smith (RefCode=JS), for example, brings Linda Lewis aboard, her RefCode would be JS-LL. Each time a sale goes through for RefCode JS-LL, Linda Lewis gets her commission and so does John Smith. Such second-level commissions (to John Smith) are typically 2% to 10%.

This borrows concepts from multilevel marketing, but remember a major difference. Whereas most multilevel marketing programs minimize the importance of the product being sold (often just household commodities) relative to their compensation formulas, we look first at the product. Our business model is not based on soap suds — it is built on Custom Bid's rock-solid, proprietary value proposition and your specialized contribution.

How often can I change my prices?
As often as you wish, every sale if you wish. If you prefer to walk your customers through the signup process, for example, you can have a price waiting for them that reflects your services to that particular customer and their payment expectations.

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