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Getting software contracts

I am working on a startup software company. I have a pool of talented programmers. Just dont have a clear way to get contracts/projects. Do you guys know how to get sofwtare projects/contract based work from clients, how to find the clients?

Daryle
Friday, April 02, 2004

Start a front company in india that really subcontracts
the work back to your group.

son of parnas
Friday, April 02, 2004

How can you have a pool of programmers and nothing for them to do? That's the recipe for a failing company. First you go get the work, then you hire the people to do it, not the other way around.

You can't start up a company just because there are a bunch of unemployed programmers sitting around with nothing to do. You start up a company with something to do, then figure out how many programmers it will take to do it.

So, state your purpose. What industry are you serving? What customers do you know? Where are they? What kind of services do they require and when? Then get on the phone and start calling them.

old_timer
Friday, April 02, 2004

IF you're just starting up, social networking is the most effective way.  Like the previous poster said though.. you should have done that prior to starting up to get a gig or two lined up.

Eric Debois
Friday, April 02, 2004

Business development.

Hire someone to cold call prospective clients.  Say out of 100 calls, you might get 10 people that will talk to you, 3 people that would meet with you, and 1 that will sign a contract.  Your mileage may vary.


Friday, April 02, 2004

When I meant,  I have a pool of programmers, that meant I know them and I can arrange. I haven't started paying them yet. I will hire them on contract basis.

I liked the suggestion of cold calls and social network. I am just looking for some more ways to get clients.

Daryle
Friday, April 02, 2004

Learn how to sell.

Joe Hendricks
Friday, April 02, 2004

Get a product.

A niche.

A vertical market.

A pitch.

eric
Friday, April 02, 2004

First you get the money. Then you get the power. And then you get the women... (C) Scarface
:)))))

Floridian
Friday, April 02, 2004

Daryle, if you want to steal jobs from America, you have to work out to do it yourself.

.
Friday, April 02, 2004

[QUOTE]
Get a product.
A niche.
A vertical market.
A pitch.
[/QUOTE]

Now that is 18th century poetry.

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Saturday, April 03, 2004

What a coincidence!

I too know many programmers who I am not paying and who do not work for me.

Also, I do not know how to get contracting work other than posting in net chat rooms asking for advice!

Give the contracts to me instead because I am taller and have better hair than the original poster.

Tony Chang
Saturday, April 03, 2004

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