We had a person that called in and wanted to know if we wanted to bid out some basement work that was needed. They informed us that they had two other bids and wanted to get a third bid. Trying to be open minded, I said I could give them a bid if they shared the two proposals with me. Not necessarily the cost, but the scope of work. If they share the scope of work only, they had to be willing to share their budget as well.
Being serious, how do we find the time to complete proposals not knowing if the budget is realistic? Most of our week is already filled with taking care of paying customers, and all of those customers started with design before we determined the final scope of work and cost for the construction.