Well, all I needed was a kick in the ass in the form of a financial crisis to get me going. A new car and a car payment to go with it, my wife's freelance income has all but disappeared, health insurance premium increase...
I've been frequenting a pizzeria near my day job and finally worked up the nerve to talk to the owner about his total lack of any web presence. It turns out he has been losing sleep about that and was eager to talk to me about it. We set up a meeting for the following week...well, that meeting happened yesterday afternoon after I got out of work.
He was sitting in the front window of his pizzeria when I walked in. He was waiting for me along with another woman I figured was his wife. I sat down and rather than start talking about his visions for the pizzeria website he starts asking about e-commerce sites. It turns out the woman at the table is starting a women's clothing and accessories business and wants to get the e-commerce site going before she opens her brick and mortar store. She is looking for guidance on that and asks for a ballpark figure to get it going. I don't know much about e-commerce so I just throw out a number...$3,000. She doesn't blink. She gives me her contact information and wants me to email her more detailed information and a timeline.
We then talk a little about the pizza website. Just a basic 3-4 page site. $600. He's cool with that.
Then he brings up his cousin's salon in town and how bad the website is. He asks if I could do that too for $600. I say sure. He says that his cousin does whatever he recommends and its as good as done.
So that's $4,200 in a one hour meeting. Not too bad for my first ever appointment.
HERE IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP!
I've never outsourced anything and I would really like to outsource all of this. Is it standard procedure to find someone to do both design and create the WordPress site? Is there an advantage to using Elance over vWorker or something else?
Is there a WSO that gives me the ins and outs of outsourcing that someone can recommend?