Many of you will have heard me state that, “When someone is passionate about what they do and specializes, they will always be able to do it “better, faster and cheaper”.
In my many years of doing proposals I’ve seen many aspects of proposals move from “do it yourself” and “in house” to companies specializing in that particular area.
A great example is graphics. The 24 Hour Co. can create graphics better, faster and cheaper than any proposal group. I can say this with confidence because Mike Parkinson and his team of graphic experts are truly passionate about graphics, have the skills and knowledge and have all the “cool” tools for creating incredible graphics. (If you aren’t aware of the great work Mike P. and his team do, you really need to check them out.) From my perspective, it just doesn’t make sense to set up an in-house team when such resources are available.
The same is true of printing as “print on demand” is now available. Mimeo is a good example of this service and they too provide exceptional capabilities and are, in my opinion, “better, faster, cheaper” and doing the printing, packaging, shipping in-house.
Writing too is becoming an “on demand” service. More and more I’m receiving requests to provide writers, editors and proofreaders. And here to, because they are not being tasked with many different responsibilities, as is often the case with in-house personnel, these writers are able to work, yep, you got it, “better, faster, cheaper.”
We’d like to hear from you and know a bit about your experiences as you’ve moved an aspect of proposals from in-house to a company that specializes and where you’ve managed to do things “better, faster and cheaper.”