Six simple steps to taking on bigger, more profitable jobs!”
Outsourcing Web Projects6 Steps to a Smarter Business
Outsourcing Web Projects: 6 Steps to a Smarter Business will teach you how to:
- get vendors competing for your job
- find the perfect outsourcing partner
- achieve the best price
- draw up an agreement
- keep the project on track
- develop a long term-relationship with your vendor
Do you wish that you could take on bigger, more profitable jobs, but don’t feel that you have the time, resources, or technical capabilities to do so? Outsourcing Web Projects: 6 Steps to a Smarter Business provides you with tried and tested techniques that will ensure that you can deliver complex, high quality web projects using outsourced development resource, both on time and on budget!
In this book, exclusively available though SitePoint, Dave Hecker (an outsourcing specialist who consults to Fortune 50 companies) reveals the secrets behind accomplishing successful outsourced web development projects. Dave leads you through the process of writing a great project specification to advertise your job effectively, selecting the best outsourcing partner, and managing the project to its successful completion. Along the way, you’ll pick up lots of handy hints—such as simple methods of determining which outsourcing partner is right for you and simple project management tips that will help keep your project on track—gained through Dave’s years of experience in managing outsourced web development work.
What You Will Learn
- how to draft an effective RFP (Request for Proposals)
- where to list your projects to gain optimal response
- how to evaluate the portfolios, testimonials, and client lists of potential outsourcing partners
- warning signs to watch out for in potential outsourcing partners
- how to produce a shortlist of perfect outsourcing partners
- how vendors estimate pricing
- how to achieve the best prices by being a dream client
- why you shouldn’t ask for a discount
- how to create a fair and effective written agreement
- how to choose between a fixed-price or hourly agreement
- how to set a payment scheme and schedule
- the secrets of communicating effectively with your outsourcing partner
- how to get a troubled project back on track
- how to nurture a productive and mutually beneficial working relationship with your outsourcing partner for future projects
- the Ten Commandments of the great client
- … and much more!
Who Should Read this Book?
If you’re a freelance web developer who is missing out on client opportunities because you lack the technical skills and resources to tackle bigger projects, then this book is for you. Using the information in this book, you’ll be able to outsource projects to a trusted partner in order to take on larger, more profitable jobs that you couldn’t have tackled before!
The book is written in the usual SitePoint style: it’s clear and fun to read, with plenty of examples.
About Dave Hecker
With 18 years of professional experience, Sagewing founder Dave Hecker has a long history of managing successful software development projects. His career dates back to 1985, when he provided tech support and repair services for early PC’s and Macs at a Computerland retail store during high school. He later joined the development world as a programmer and architect, building large scale applications in C++, Java, and VB.
As an Internet developer well before the dotcom boom, Dave delivered large-scale Internet applications for clients including Disney, Toyota, Lexus, Adidas, CBS (Survivor), Fox Entertainment (Simpsons, X-Men), the Starbright Foundation, Hilton and many more. He is proficient in a variety of programming environments including PHP/MySQL and .NET, is an avid Linux administrator, and continues to maintain a network of successful affiliate websites and forums.
With years of effective and creative leadership and management experience, Dave is now a leading consultant to Fortune 50 companies and governments who wish to optimize their software development efforts, and personally oversees all projects at Sagewing.
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Very useful when you're planning on outsourcing large jobs, or if you've already been outsourcing work, but are looking for ways to make the process more efficient. It also helps you weed out the pros from the rest.
Marita 14 Jan 2008 (1st edition)
This is a *must* have if you ever thought of outsourcing ANYTHING!
Danny Froberg 12 Sep 2007 (1st edition)
Very helpful. Not only an excellent guide for companies outsoucing web projects, but also for web development companies looking to win the business.
The book has helped us organise how we present our web services to clients.
Jeremy Dixson 2 Aug 2007 (1st edition)