First: Let’s connect
Let’s discussLet’s start a conversation. For any type of project to succeed a direct exchange of information is key. I’ll be interested to get some background from you, your business and what it is I might help you with. You may want to arrange for a general consultation*) and meet in person (location is a factor), or via Skype, or on the phone, to further discuss ideas, plans and requirements. I’ll provide technical support and advice around what is involved, realistically possible and feasible, and what is likely not. This consultation will provide the information you need to be able to make an informed decision as to how best to proceed with your project(s). If you decide to proceed further, I’ll give you a questionnaire that’ll tease out more of your vision around the project, as well as the details that I need, such as legal business information, current domain/server/hosting/platform information and access codes, your personal preferences, etc.
For work on exsiting website installations it may be necessary to perform an in-depth analysis*) before a realistic time and work estimate can be made.
Let’s get it done
Once I know the scope of a project, I’ll summarize the work it into an estimate, which will become part of the Website Development Contract for new sites or renovations, or a customized Web Management Agreement for existing sites. Before the work starts, I’ll expect a retainer deposit.
Clarity is the key. The following steps are very useful in keeping a project moving forward and can be used to measure progress. If all parties look at the same list there is more clarity.