I started writing this and thought, “Whiner!” But really I a noodlin’ and leaving this here in the hopes some enterprising person will drop some information in the comments (would beat all the stupid spam…)
Proposal writing is hard.
It has to look professional
It has to cover what the client asks for
It has to say enough without giving away the farm
Legalese (it’s the devil!)
I am writing a lot of proposals lately. And realize that it is hard – perhaps harder than it should be because
The clients NEVER give me the info I ask for. This is really bad since MOST of these clients are web developers or designers who run really nice shops.
The format I am currently using is clunky (WORD!) Though the design is beautiful and the layout is really professional looking and easy to read. Well… I hope so. No one has complained.
So I think I should find a more efficient solution.
What I like about my proposal and contract documents:
They are mine! They live on my machine.
The layout, the colour scheme and the font choices. I love having the granular level of control in the design and the ability to affect change on a whim.
They are free… HAHAHAHAHA…
What I really need is to create a php script that takes a bunch of fields, builds some pages and spits out an HTML page which I can them save as a PDF…
(Sounds like work to me…)
I searched for Proposal and Contract generators. Nothing looks promising.
Still the idea of fields appeals… Hmmmm. Maybe EXCEL?
It has always irked me (maybe too strong) that I do not have a traditional portfolio.
I work with other developers and small shops, doing every kind of thing.
Module repair, update, building, trouble shooting
CMS install, configuration, update and repair.
Content writing and editing,
Full website UI development, clipping and coding.
Ad nauseam (also may be too strong).
Most of these activities are not documented because of the types of contracts we have. Not unusual I think. Additionally, I offset some of the work with my own gigs under my own brand. The latter seem few and far between of late. So my portfolio and viewable work history seems light.
With the above in view, I thought, since this is a blog in which I blog, I would at least document what I am currently up to. In my quirky, laid back voice I will be writing either in detail or just a summary of the weeks events as related to the life and times on a Freelance Developer.
So this week what do I have on the board?
Drupal – Update a very old version of a Drupal install and then upgrade to the latest Drupal 7 version. I think I feel a cosmic whine coming on about clients who let their Drupal instances wane…
Proposal writing – an existing site that needs to be migrated from its current CMS into Drupal.l Not too taxing (kinda boring since this one isn’t a community type site). BUT there maybe an opportunity to learn Adobe Services. Not really sure what that is (?! Should I say that?) But gee willickers! How hard can it be? …
Okay! Okay! I wont be programming that portion, just learning!
My daily job as a Q/A for emails etc.
Hmmm… kinda light. But as it goes I expect by week’s end to be inundated with ‘right now!’ requests.