What is a GSA Schedule and how do you get one?
We like to call GSA the “Amazon” for the US Federal government. It is a catalog of items that GSA has pre-negotiated pricing and terms for all Federal (and some state/local) agencies to purchase from. There are two paths to achieving the power and benefits of GSA sales:
1) secure your business’ own GSA schedule and maintain it
2) partner with an effective contractor to actively promote and sell your products on their existing GSA schedule.
We will talk about the benefits and challenges of both approaches below, but first a little on the GSA and GSA Schedules...
The General Services Administration (“GSA”) manages federal property and provides contracting options for government agencies. From the GSA’s own website:
“GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA's acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies, and IT to government organizations and the military. GSA also promotes management best practices and efficient government operations through the development of governmentwide policies.”
One of the ways that GSA builds its catalog of items is by awarding “schedule contracts” to vendors such as Native Instinct to sell their products to GSA buyers. Having your products on a GSA schedule can be an effective way to sell and promote your products.
But first, in order to be eligible for a GSA contract, the GSA states that…
In order to secure a GSA contract, a firm needs to fully register in all Federal systems such as SAM.gov, apply for the correct schedule of choice, and then market its products. From the GSA Website:
“Firms need to submit an offer and be awarded a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract before they can pursue opportunities restricted to Schedule holders. This process may take several weeks to months to complete [in our experience it realistically takes months to quarters for new firms to accomplish this].”
However, just because you have a schedule doesn’t guarantee any sales. You still have to market your products, actively pursue Federal buyers, maintain your GSA schedule and actively review any GSA opportunities that may be posted for similar/competitor products.
Going back to the two options we laid out in the beginning of this post, let’s talk about the pros and cons of running your own GSA schedule versus partnering with a reseller, such as Native Instinct.
OPTION 1: Maintaining your own GSA Schedule
OPTION 2: Utilize Native Instinct as your Authorized Reseller
So if your company would like to enter Federal sales through GSA and other means, contact us today to see if you would be a good fit for our system. We are confident that our team can be value-add to your organization and existing sales team in pursuit of Federal sales!
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org .