Today’s post is a followup to the post from last week where we broke down what an RFP is, the process that is followed and what you should put in an RFP. Today we will take a look at what the proposal should have in it that you send in response to an RFP. This post is specific to technology based proposals.
This is not an easy question to answer but it is also possible to over analyze and make it a lot harder than it needs to be. I also want to say, before going any further, that I am still working to do this better but what I want to do today is share a little knowledge from my own struggles in trying to do this well so that maybe you don’t have to make the same mistakes. This post is really for those individuals who are trying to start out with a business where you are freelancing or otherwise and are struggling to charge the right price to your customers. You’re afraid that if it’s too much no one will want to hire you and if it’s too little you won’t be able to pay the bills! Well, hopefully I can help you take another step or two in this journey.
WordPress is one of the leading Customer Management Solution options currently available for building a website. It is responsible for 35% of the websites that are currently hosted on the internet at the time of writing this post. So there are a whole lot of websites that use WordPress and it is an extremely viable option for building a website for your business. If this is something you are considering, this post is for you. In my experience there are basically three different ways that you can use WordPress to build a website. First, you could build a custom theme from scratch. Second, you could use an existing theme that is already built. Third, you could use a special kind of theme that includes a page builder. In this post I will be providing a brief explanation, based on my own experience of these three methods to help you better understand which might be best for you.
This is the second part of a series on Business Process Analysis for Small Businesses. In the first article we discussed the question, “what problem will this solve for your business?” and the three phased approach that you should take to answer this question. While you can go ahead and implement all kinds of technology before you answer this question, we advise not too. The reason being, is that technology is a tool and until you know the problem you’re trying to solve you won’t really know how technology plays a role in solving the problems you’re business is facing. Instead, we advise that you work on developing a more thorough and complete understanding of your business by analyzing what you do, how you do it and then form a strategy for how to improve it. It is at this final stage that you can truly take advantage of what technology has to offer your business.