The recent COVID-19 pandemic has literally turned the world upside down. Many people have lost or been furloughed from their jobs. There is high anxiety all around.
This Is A Great Moment For Reflection
It is never easy to lose your job or sense of security. However, this can be a great blessing in disguise because it forces you to reevaluate your life. Are you someone who just knows that they do not want to continue working for other people? The pandemic might be the right time to leave your comfort zone and strike out on your own. We will explore some of the reasons people are too intimidated to take the steps to become an entrepreneur.
Economic Hardship Often Spurs Innovation
A great number of amazing companies like Uber, Square, and Instagram were birthed in the last recession. Hardship often leads to amazing innovation. It will not be surprising if we see many innovative companies coming out on the heels of this pandemic. Think about how many talented people have been furloughed and now have the time to devote their energies elsewhere. Millennials and Gen Z have shown that they are generations that embrace the challenges of being an entrepreneur.
The United States Federal Government
The United States government buys many of the products and services it needs from suppliers who meet certain qualifications. It applies standardized procedures by which to acquire goods and services. That is, the government does not purchase items or services in the same way in which private companies might secure business. The procedures used by the government can be found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
The United States Government Is A Very Powerful Client With Deep Pockets
The Federal government usually spends around 500 billion dollars a year on goods and services. This makes the U.S. government an extremely attractive client. There are few other organizations with this type of spending power and clout.
The government also tends to buy goods and services in bulk. If your business has the infrastructure to handle large orders, then the government can help you grow substantially at an accelerated pace.
What Is Government Contracting?
Government contracting is when specific government agencies contract with private companies for specific goods or services. The agencies usually put out a contract or often a request for proposal (RFP) and various companies can place bids for the project. Once an agency selects a particular business, a contract is signed, and that business is now considered a government contractor.
Why Work For The Government?
There are many compelling reasons to work for the Federal Government. We will go into in-depth detail about how a small business can benefit greatly from being a government contractor.
Take Hold Of Your Destiny
Some people are scared of the stress that often comes along with managing a business. They think that will not be able to handle keeping up with the ever-changing marketplace. What they often do not take into account is that day-to-day jobs can be just as stressful. Often, employees have to live up to the unrealistic expectations of several managers. Being an entrepreneur gives you more control over your own destiny, rather than have your fate be in the hands of other people. This way you can shape your life according to your needs.
The Federal Government Offers Great Opportunities For Many Types Of Businesses
The government actually designates a portion of the contracts for women-owned small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, companies within historically underutilized business zones (HUBZone), and service-disabled, veteran-owned small organizations. This allows underserved groups to have a real chance to get awarded lucrative government contracts.
Government Contracts Offer Security In These Uncertain Times.
Covid-19 has halted a lot of different industries. However, the government must continue to move forward for the health and welfare of its people. Government contracting can be a shining light in the pandemic darkness and provide a lifeline to many struggling businesses who are trying to survive this unprecedented situation.
You should remember that government agencies are in need of goods and services in a year-round capacity. This makes them one of the few consumers that are actually recession-proof and a great source of steady reliable income.
What Is A Government Contractor?
The United States Government is made up of several agencies that are in need of a variety of services. These agencies then offer contacts to private companies across several industries to fulfill these needs. Private contractors are vital in helping the government provide services for the welfare and protection of the citizens of the United States. Private government contractors provide goods and services for the following:
- Medical Services
- Supplies for various projects
- Intellectual Technology
These are just a few of the categories that are often contracted out to private independent companies through the awarding of government contracts.
The Federal government is also required to set aside a certain amount of contracts for small businesses. At least 23 percent of government contracts will be awarded to small businesses this year. This means that smaller companies do not have to worry about being outcompeted by large companies with unlimited resources.
How Do You Get Started Working With The Government?
SAM stands for System Award Management.
In order to do any business with the federal government, you must register your business in the System for Award Management. The government will not hire any type of business that has not registered in the SAM directory.
We have an article on our site, Everything You Need to Know About SAM for Small Businesses, that gives you important information about this process.
As a smart entrepreneur, you have already used our site to register in the SAM directory. Congratulations on taking this important first step to become a government contractor.
Registering With The SAM Directory Also Has Other Important Advantages
You must register with the SAM directory in order to apply for government grants.
A grant gives you government funds ideas and projects to provide public services and stimulate the economy. Grants support critical and innovative initiatives and can be found in the Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).
A grant is different from a loan in that it is money that your business does not have to pay back. So, registering for the SAM directory actually gives you access to free money!