[thelist] Paying for proposals?

the head lemur headlemur at clearskymail.com
Thu May 2 00:43:01 CDT 2002

 Do you mean you have one 'executive summary', and
> then another multi-page complimentary document outlining the Q&A
> summaries, goals, markets, features, etc. ?

By the time you are ready to present the proposal, you have already have
performed your research and due diligence, and the multi page documentation
has already filled up a file folder around your desk somewhere.

'executive summary'
Nope. Looks just like an invoice.

It has the following items.

Website Development---XXXX
(this covers the fixed items, development and deployment, software purchase,
lease, rental, hosting, domain name aquisition, search engine submissions)

The development section does outline the number of pages, forms, email
addresses, a brief description of pagename/sitesections)

Below the Website Development figure is the Payment schedule.

On the same paper is the Recurring Charges that the client will entail over

(hosting, domain name renewal, maintenence, updates, search engine

This is real important as despite the fact that the client was intelligent
to hire you, if you do not keep track of domain registration renewal dates,
hosting renewals, leases, rentals, or any other recurring charges these
Items will bite you on the butt!

Because the client is selling widgits and unless there is a problem, they
will be thinking about selling widgits, and will not remember these dates
and payments.

Also keep this document in the front of the folder as well as writing the
anniversary dates on the front of the folder.

And bring this folder with you every time you visit the client.

As you get a number of clients the amount of time that you will actually
spend building sites will decrease.

the head lemur
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