The amount of unpaid, upfront work required to bid for projects can vary substantially, so it is worth reviewing the procurement option the client has chosen before deciding to submit a bid or fee quote. Detailed recording of the time taken to complete past bids provides a useful reference when deciding whether to bid for similar work. Time-recording software is often included as part of business accounting software, or practices can use web-browser-based software that links to other systems such as project management or capacity forecasting tools. Good communication within the project team, such as using a Common Data Environment, a digital location for storing, managing and distributing information, can help track decisions, provide a single source of information and ensure that all involved know the status of all outstanding issues. A frustration for landscape architects can be the limited scope they are given within a project team.