Scope & Analysis
Most project costs can be determined by the consultant providing
the client with a scope and analysis document which is typically provided at
no cost to the client. This document is provided after an in-depth
interview is conducted, data flows are reviewed, current systems are analyzed
and documentation is compiled. This document is then used as a blueprint
for the construction of the desired project.
Fixed Price vs. Hourly
In most cases, a project can be quoted on a fixed price
basis. This is more than an estimate. It is the full cost to deliver
the finished product with predetermined specifications. This allows the
client to make an informed business decision prior to the start of the project.
A fixed price contract involves more risk to the consultant, but I believe that
it results in satisfied customers who will return as future business needs
Projects completed according to specifications on a fixed price
basis include a 60 day warranty that the work performed is "bug
free". During this time, if any "bugs" are discovered they
will be fixed at no charge to the client.
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