Let’s set the scene: It’s the beginning of a project, and you’re diving deep into the intricacies and minutiae. As you prepare to engage outside contractors, you naturally drift towards familiar territory and procedures. You craft an RFP for your project, combing over every detail to ensure clarity and transparency. The problems you encounter are not the project but the RFP itself.

Once upon a time, the RFP (Request for Proposal) was an essential part of initiating contracts and collaborations. For projects like website builds, it was a great way to outline your needs and budget as you endeavor to identify the best partners. Though business has evolved in lock step with tech, the RFP now seems very Y2K.

Technology is no longer a long and winding road through uncharted wilderness; tech is a well-paved highway. As such, website builds no longer require the manpower or hours they once did. Don’t get us wrong, most enterprises still need an expert to guide you get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible. But your guide is no longer prepping with bulky snow boots, a compass, and a map--they’re driving a sports car and using the latest GPS tech to get you where you need to go.

RFPs cost you money and time that is best spent elsewhere. The often lengthy process of writing the RFP in the hope of finding a perfect partner based on that request, consumes vital money and time that might be better spent on the project itself.

If not an RFP, then what?

If you’re hoping to complete a website project, don’t spend time completing an RFP. Instead, use your team’s talents elsewhere, and select a skilled, versatile partner than can help prototype and architect your solutions. 

To find the best partner for your website project, start with the pain points. Ask questions like: 

  • What elements of the project are causing the most confusion and consternation for my team?

  • How do I want the website to look? 

  • What websites do I admire and what do I like about them?

The answers to these questions will help you get to the heart of the project and eliminate the waste of valuable hours and resources.

MVP over RFP

Once you have addressed your project’s core elements, it’s time to create a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) that can scale to meet your needs. Like a true Most Valuable Player, this MVP will be the cornerstone upon which your collaborator builds the website of your dreams. To cut to the chase with an MVP, you can use JavaScript libraries like React. This API-friendly stack allows your developers to create prototypes and content models that are easy to adopt and change.

Take Let’s Fly Realty for example.

Working from an MVP, the Simple Media team built an engaging, informative, and sleek website that conveyed the client’s unique vision for what their website should be.

When you opt for an MVP over an RFP, you’ll make your team happy, complete your project more efficiently, and save valuable resources. 

In conclusion

Like the Commodore 64, RFPs are rapidly becoming a relic. By removing the request for proposal from the equation, you can find your ideal partner faster--and save time and money along the way. 

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