Let's begin with the fact hat this questionnaire is weak. As a company looking for someone who can handle their IT needs, we have no idea what skills are required, so please ignore that field in this questionnaire. We are relying on you as IT people to tell us what skills are needed and not the other way around.
Likewise, the budget field of this questionnaire should be ignored. Our budget is based on a comparison of price bids we receive for the services and skills we need.
With that being said, we are a small startup company seeking a software engineer/programmer/developer to create a website for our web based business. Without a signed NDA in place I cannot explain what we are looking for with specifics. The best I can describe our website is to say that it will be a combination between eHarmony and Angie's List, although it is not a dating website and it is not a contractor website. But it will have two databases basically.
Our clients will register on the site by filling out a lengthy questionnaire. A different set of clients will enroll on the other side of the website by doing the same and the website will simply allow the two sets of clientele to network through the website. It's a little more complicated than that but not much. There will need to be a payment portal, a way to remind clients each year of annual renewal payments, and other various features that are typical for such websites.
We had a local software engineer with a small business agree to perform the work we need and he advised that the application we needed were not difficult.
We gave him the option of submitting a fee or taking 2.5% of our Gross Revenues over the life of our ownership of the business. We made him that offer during our first meeting and told him he could think about which way he wanted to be compensated for his services. But after signing our NDA and hearing our explanation of the business, he advised us that he would take the 2.5% of our Gross Revenues before leaving our meeting that day. He told us that after hearing the concept of our business, he didn't need time to think about it. He said he saw great potential for the idea to be worth millions to him rather than the thousands he would otherwise charge.
Unfortunately, he did not fully grasp the full concept of a contingency fee. He did not seem to understand that just because his fee didn't come until after the launch and after the business began generating revenue, that didn't mean he didn't have to meet his design schedules. However, due to financial reasons, he continually put our project on the back burner for other fee based projects and now, after a year, he is still only 10% complete with the design.
Although my partner and I were very flexible with him and agreed that he could work on other paying projects while working on ours, his work load picked up and as a result his dedication and commitment to our project dropped off. Therefore, we are now in need of a new software engineer/developer.
I suppose that's all I can tell you for now. I trust its enough to provide you with what you need to determine the skills we require.