Project Management; A service worth paying for
You want more money? You also want more time? So do I.
Convincing your team and customers that they are any less important than your time at home, just isn’t feasible these days. Business partnerships are so much more and so is the workload. Your company and customer growth becomes personal. It’s not just a one man order placement, it’s a team effort. But finding the team to help, isn’t always easy.
When your time is personal and your team is scarce, the service that is provided to you, is extremely valuable. But, with service, comes fees.
Think in terms of instant gratification. When your customer purchases a polo, they receive that polo within 10 or so days, and can wear it right away. They are instantly happy, and excited to have received that polo, and to wear it and show it off. So when you have a service, that you can’t obtain or see, you want to make sure you’re money is being spent properly.
Before having the discussion on the price of a service, we put together some questions to ask yourself, that help ease the pressure in thinking through value of cost, and help in aiding in the right questions to a service provider when it comes to your money and where it’s going.
- What’s my budget?
- What am I looking for in a service provider?
- Am I willing to pay for this service? If so, how far am I willing to go?
- What do I get out of this?
- What kind of control do I have within my company?
- How much time am I spending on projects that could be outsourced?
- What are the company values?
- Who will be my direct contact?
- How often can I reach you?
- Can I trust your company?
- Have you worked with other companies like mine?
- Do you work with any of my competitors?
- How well do you know our business?
- Will you be assigned to just my company, or a few?
- What are your hourly fees vs. retainer fees?
- What are my benefits of a retainer vs. an hourly rate?