Having a clear vision for your new website is just the beginning. The next step is picking a company that brings that vision to life and elevates your nonprofit’s goals. And the companies vying for your project know that their chance of being selected starts and ends with the formal proposal.
Companies will fill pages (and pages) to make their pitch. Beyond the price tag, the proposal outlines a company’s process and priorities. But poring over multiple proposals can be difficult if you don’t really know what to look for. The reality is that it’s not going to be an apples-to-apples comparison. Companies offer varying features and set different expectations. After a while, they can all start to run together and make it hard to differentiate from one another.
So how do you get started? What specifics should you consider when evaluating proposals? And how can you compare all these companies to figure out which is the right one for you?
We hope this Web Design Proposal Comparison Toolkit will help make the process less painful and more productive as you choose a company. This package includes a helpful guide of important questions to consider and a spreadsheet to help you evaluate each proposal. Even if we’re not the right fit for your project, hopefully this will point you in the right direction.
What You’ll Learn in the Guide
In this guide, you’ll learn:
- Why a proposal should be tailored to your organization
- What to ask when contacting references
- How to analyze pricing differentials between proposals
- What to look for when viewing a company’s portfolio
- How to factor in the proposed timeline for your project
- Why you should ask about the content management system they’ll use to build the site
- How to ultimately pick the right company for your project
What Features You’ll Get in the Comparison Spreadsheet
Here’s what’s inside this comparison spreadsheet tool:
- Provides a general overview so you can see each proposal’s prices and services in one place
- Use our rating scale to assess certain components such as references and portfolio of projects
- Compare and contrast features/functionality offered (or omitted) in each proposal
- Easily track and manage each feature through a simple, color-coded yes/no format