Crowd Sourcing Business Development
Update: The deal below is no longer active. I’m leaving this blog post on the web though as a matter of historical record.
Mashion, my web development consultancy, will pay you 5% for introducing us to someone that becomes a client. We will pay you 10% if you negotiate the contract for us. Occasionally, we’ll pay you 15% when we’re looking for work immediately. We charge $150 per hour and average around 30 hours of work per week per developer. Ergo, if you deliver us a four week contract for two developers, you’ll make $3,600. For serious.
Email us at email@example.com with deals and read on for details.
Why It Makes Sense
Business development takes time, especially when first getting started. In the first four weeks of Mashion, we’ve had 3 contracts. Two have lasted a week, and one was only two days. We’ve also had a week and a half of downtime in which we worked on our own projects, while hustling hard to get some more business. As it stands, it feels like we’ve spent at least 25% of our time on business development. That’s a really big cost, and I think we can crowd source it away.
How It Works
Currently, we’re paying 5% of the total contract if you bring a potential customer to us, and they sign a contract within two months. We’re paying 10% of the total contract if you act as a middle man between us and the customer. You’re responsible for negotiating the rate with them and getting them to sign a contract that we agree upon. You’ll get paid when we get paid, and you don’t get paid if we don’t get paid. These terms are subject to change, and we’ll announce all changes either on this blog or on our website.
Every once in a while, we’ll offer a 15% bounty to the first person to bring us a signed contract that starts immediately. Follow us on twitter to find out about those times: @cashion and @matschaffer.
If you’re a potential client yourself, you can get a 10% discount by showing up with a contract ready to sign. If we’re offering a bounty, you can get a 15% discount by being the first to sign a contract that starts immediately.
We charge $150 per hour and stay away from fixed-price contracts.
If you’ve got some work that you want to send our way, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If this post hits number one on Hacker News, we may take a day or two to respond. Don’t worry, we love you for sending us work, and we will definitely write back.
Oh, and if you’re a lawyer, please contact us about writing actual contracts around this business.
If you’ve read this far, hopefully you’re thinking of bringing us some business. To do that, you’ll need to know a little about what we do.
We bill hourly, because we think that fixed price contracts always leave one side feeling screwed. We have two developers and average 30 hours per week per developer.
We aren’t designers, but we have one we like.
We’re really good, and we’re proud of it.blog comments powered by Disqus