Ask to come to see the area where the client needs concrete work done. That way, you can see how hard the work is going to be so you can determine what your price will be. When you come up with a price, make sure you tell the client you’re going to be working with that you want them to pay a little more than what it will cost in case they want to negotiate. When you go a little high and they ask you to settle for less, then you’ll be happy you didn’t go lower to start with.
Make a client pay some of the prices upfronts so you know that you’re going to be able to get paid later on as well. If someone doesn’t want to pay you until everything is done, then you need to create a contract of some kind. Even if they do pay upfront a little, you should still get a contract put together so they have to pay you legally if you do the work. Make sure there is clear language about what you have to do for them so when you get the job done they are obligated to pay.
Let the client know what kind of training you have so you can get them to work with you based on your skill level. Also, if you have gotten good reviews from working with people in the past, you can let the person know where to find them so they can see why your services are valuable. Don’t get stuck without any work coming in because you don’t let anyone know that you are skilled. You should, at the very least, put your experience on your website so when people look up your services they can learn why you’re qualified.
If you have to back out of a job because the client keeps changing their mind, it’s good to just cut your losses sometimes instead of working for them and making changes all the time. If they’re not going to let you do your job and not agree to a contract, walk away and don’t deal with them or you’re going to regret it. There are people out there that will never be happy with anything and they’ll think that you’ll do your work for free if they complain enough. Sometimes it’s best to just tell them you’re no longer interested and to walk away.
Now you know how to bid on a concrete job and get the most out of the work you do. Don’t just do random work for clients that are not going to appreciate you and pay you what you’re worth.