Set Your Own Rate
Alagad famously works with only one client at a time and stands behind our work with a 100% cash back guarantee. You may assume that our services are very expensive, but, truth be told, it’s up to you. We literally allow our clients to set their own rate and we do project work on a fixed bid basis.
Alagad prioritizes projects with higher billing rates over projects with lower billing rates. This means that clients with urgent requirements can shorten their wait time by offering a higher rate. Clients who are more budget sensitive may elect to offer a lower rate in exchange for a start date further out in the future. All clients still receive 100% of Alagad’s focus and our 100% cash back guarantee.
To help you determine the rate you want, Alagad shares it’s current and projected project details freely on our website. To protect our client’s privacy this information is shared anonymously and includes a unique client ID, the billing rate, and the projected start and end dates.
Clients can get onto Alagad’s project queue without any obligations or contracts. All you need to do is contact us to schedule an introductory call. We’ll gather some basic information about your project from you and help you decide what rate you want to offer. We’ll also assign you a private client ID and put your project on our schedule. We’ll keep you appraised of your position in or queue and you can watch our schedule on our website as well.
Clients can also lock in their position in our queue by signing a contract and paying a deposit on their project. Clients with signed contracts are handled in the order signed, regardless of rate.
Project Phases and Fixed Bids
Alagad uses a process we call Custom Software Done Right. This process is made up of two distinct phases, Discovery and Production. These two phases are billed differently, but both use the rate you specify as their basis.
Our Discovery phase is billed in weeklong increments. The cost is calculated based on the number of resources on your project, multiplied by 40 hours per week, multiplied by the hourly rate you set. So, if your project starts out with two people at a rate of $65, your weekly Discovery cost would be $5,200. If additional resource requirements are identified Alagad will bring them into your project the following week and you would be billed accordingly.
When the Discovery phase is completed you will be presented with a fixed bid for the Production phase of your project. The fixed bid will be based on our own internal estimate of how long it will take to complete your project multiplied by the rate you specified. So, if we determine that your project will take 500 hours to complete, at a rate of $65, your total Production phase costs would be $32,500.
Alagad requires that all Discovery phase payments be made up front, before work starts. In the Production phase Alagad requires an initial 50% payment up front and a final 50% payment at the scheduled halfway point. Of course, if for some reason Alagad can’t deliver, you get 100% of your money back.
Please note that Alagad reserves the right to refuse any work for any reason.