Author: Brian White
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We believe in demonstrating exceptional capabilities with our quality of work and skills. This starts with building rapport and likability, and communicating effectively and quickly with our clients throughout our engagement. We offer four hours of design and research services at no cost.The only qualifications are that you have ongoing project requirements and hire contract engineering firms.
We understand our worth and the money we make is directly related to the value we offer. Once you’re clear on the value we can offer we can start negotiating a project fee. We provide free quotes and understand that if you choose to hire us, we need a basis of agreement before we negotiate the deliverables, deadline, and price. Once an offer is accepted, the parties have an agreement. This is the basis for a contract, but is not sufficient to create legal obligations. The contract may be supplied by the firm we provide services for, especially if they are a larger firm, or we can provide our own. After we both agree on the inclusions, exclusions, and terms and conditions the contract can be signed.
From a pure numbers perspective, say we bill out at $125 per hour. This is half what larger firms charge, say $250 per hour. We are open to lump sum fee percentage payment terms, which can benefit both parties and mitigate risk. We don’t require a deposit or a retainer (a deposit that doesn’t have to be paid back from future payments). We operate similar to larger firms and get paid when accounting departments issue checks either bi-weekly or monthly. We have flexible payment terms, especially if it’s critical to have the funds for materials, labor, payroll, or you feel it’s too risky, particularly if this is the start of our working relationship.