Business Owners and Web Site Designers
If you are thinking about starting an
Internet Business it is important to get off on the right foot. Planning
your business is the key to it's success.
Proposal Kit will take a lot of
the hard work out of creating a business strategy, developing business
plans, legal contracts and disclaimers etc for your Internet business.
You will also find it very useful for evaluating web site designers
before you employ or contract them.
If you are a web site designer, this
proposal kit will make you look
professional and close sales for you. It takes all the steps of
developing a web site proposal and puts it into an easy to use,
professionally presented proposal. Not only will it save you countless
hours in preparing your proposal it will also ensure that nothing is
forgotten. This will help you avoid the plague of web site design work
"the re-work". (I know you know what I mean :)
Site Proposal Kits - Turnkey
proposal kits to assist you in creating proposals for web development
projects, contracts to protect your business and your clients and more
Here is a shareware trial
Below is a review of the proposal kit
by Michael Campbell, Author of "Nothing but Net"
If you're a web site designer looking
to close more sales, land more deals, make accurate estimates and be
more profitable, this Proposal Kit may be the most important investment
you'll ever make.
(Now you can make professional looking
proposals that land you the contracts and get you the business.)
These tools will help you create a
successful web site on time, and on budget. Your client will be happy.
And when you have happy client, it means more referrals and more sales.
Take it from someone who has been
there, seen it, done it, and won the t-shirt. I spent over two years in
the trenches of web site design and nearly lost the shirt off my back. I
was continually having to educate the clients and provide proposal after
proposal, just to land a few sales.
We've all had that "client or design
job from hell". The "artwork" that arrived in a 20 lb bag of scraps and
clippings. The client who wouldn't pay on time... if at all. The client
who would go thru invoices "after the fact" and decide what he would and
would not pay for. The "changer" who likes to change things - against
your better judgment - and then changes them back.
Well, those days are over! Sorry for
the rant. Take it to heart my friends, this will never happen to you
again. You will be prepared. All the hard work that used to go into the
"business" of running a design business, just got a whole lot easier.
The product is "Proposal Kit Pro" from
Cyber Sea Inc., which recently won the editors pick award from the Ziff
Davis publishers at ZDNet! It comes in three versions, Lite, Standard
and Pro, with most everything in each kit being offered in several
formats, Word 2000, Word 6, as well as HTML Documents. There is also a
Mac version of the Kits available.
The Lite version contains all the
important business documents and contracts. Standard has everything from
the Lite version, plus the storyboard diagrams, and anatomy of a
performance marketing site. Pro has everything from the previous two
versions, but adds in a couple of sample web sites and the extremely
valuable estimate spreadsheets, that I will talk about later.
Lite Version - Business Documents
Something very important, that few
web site designers do, is the questionnaire. This is a critical step
to ensure the client will get what they want. You have the client
specify, in detail, what their goals are, why they want a web site,
what do they need to consider the site a success. If you address the
specific concerns of the client at the outset, then there is no room
for disappointment later on.
This is the most complete
questionnaire I have ever seen. It includes demographics, target
audience, purpose of the site, how to merge their online presence
with their dirt world business, style or voice of the site, USP,
company descriptions, design elements, back end programming and
more. It will prepare both you and your client for the web site, and
the tasks that lie ahead. (Just a little side note here, if your
client is not willing to fill out a survey, believe me, you will not
want to have them as a client.) This is an essential step that
cannot be missed.
The software development agreement
is a good idea, unless you like walking a tight rope without a net.
You need to have a legal document, a contract that spells out who
owns the copyright in what. Who owns the domains names. Who is
responsible for what task. This contract means business and shows
professionalism. It will prevent misunderstandings down the road.
In addition to the questionnaire
and development contract, there is a cover letter for your proposal,
a non disclosure agreement, a specifications sheet, payment terms
agreement (to prevent you from getting stiffed), and very extensive
web site development checklist.
You could pay your lawyer over
$2500 to draw all these contracts up for you. Or if you can use the
ones in the Proposal Kit, save your money and put the profits back
in to your business.
Standard Version - Story Boards &
Performance Site Diagram
The Standard Version includes many
samples of web site story boards. These are block diagrams or flow
charts that describe to the client in detail, exactly how the site
will look and what it will contain. They cover everything from
content pages to navigation systems. Not only do they paint a
crystal clear picture to your client, they will also keep your
project on time and within budget. They will also get you thinking
about the layout and contents of the site you are about to build,
rather than it just being a nebulous task in the back of your mind.
The anatomy of a performance web
site shows big picture on how to set up a top income generating web
site. Looking at the first page of this diagram, I could tell that
Cyber Sea, Inc. really knows what they are doing when it comes to
building a money making web site. The site in the diagram looks
exactly like the model I use. It shows in explicit detail how the
various affiliate programs, search engine positioning and e-mail to
opt-in lists combine together, to generate revenue while functioning
on auto pilot. This diagram alone will help close the deal on many
sales, as it shows you have a clear understanding of the "big
picture" and the various revenue streams on the Internet.
Pro Version - Sample Web Sites &
Estimating Spread Sheet
This Excel format estimating spread
sheet will save you a ton of time. I spent weeks creating something
similar to it a few years ago for my design business, and after
comparing Cyber Sea data with my own, their times for each task are
very similar to the ones I calculated.
Using this spreadsheet you'll know
at a glance, the cost, the time and the profit of each project. It
allows you to enter each step of the production process, each style
of web page, the back end programming, domain costs, pretty much
everything that goes into setting up a web site. You can customize
the values to your particular production requirements. And best of
all, you'll have an estimate to your client in a matter of minutes,
not hours or days like it used to take.
Only One Complaint....
I do have one complaint about this
product though. I just wish that it had been available five years
ago, back when I was a struggling web site designer. I'd like to get
back all those thousands of dollars in legal fees, getting lawyers
to draw up contracts. I'd like to get back the money I was never
paid by less than desirable clients. I wish I had the story boards
and the estimating spread sheet, I would have landed a lot more
clients. I never would have gone into debt setting up my design
business, if I would have had these tools back then.
If you are a web site designer, and
you want to steer clear of the pitfalls out there, come armed with
professional looking proposals and "close the deal", then this
product is for you. It's 100% guaranteed for one full year, so that
means you don't even have to make a decision. Just download the
product and start using these tools in your web design business, and
you'll be playing in the big leagues, without the learning curve
that's normally associated with setting up a design business.
Click here for more information about the Proposal Kits