This question is for anybody who's ever tried to outsource a project (software or otherwise) through one of the various online job sites.
As I mentioned in another thread, I went through this effort last year mostly as an exercise to see what I'd encounter. I'm a software developer, and posted a job req for something I could do myself, but decided to see what it would take to outsource it.
In response to my post, I found I got back three types of responses:
1) Hello, Mr. David, I/we are an experienced software development shop with a large staff of highly experience developers who possess all of the skills needed to fulfill your project on-time and within budget. To convince you of that, here are a dozen more paragraphs bragging about how we manage our shop, how we're ISO 9000 compliant, and how we've worked with many Fortune 1000 companies for decades.... [not one word about my project or needs, just their company]. If you decide to work with us, Mr. David, the first step will be to arrange several meetings with our incredible staff so we may document your requirements in detail, and then plan out the project and deliverables. [needless to say, this is all a bunch of mostly meaningless boilerplate designed to attract corporate big wigs.]
2) Hi, regarding your project, I have the necessary Wordpress experience you're looking for. I've written many custom plugins and themes, have a lot of experience with php, as well as experience writing REST interfaces using JSON. What libraries do you plan to use? I've worked with xx, yy, and zz.
3) Hi, I don't have much experience with Wordpress plugins, but I'm experienced with php and would love to work with you on this.
These happen to coincide with most-expensive and time-consuming at the top, to least-expensive (but unknown time) at the bottom.
It's interesting that every one of them claimed in their online profiles that they had the experience and skill sets I was looking for. My experience with the ones I chose proved otherwise.
None of the quoted bids and times were close to my own estimates -- the smallest was twice my budget and took two weeks (instead of two days).
THE QUESTION I HAVE IS THIS ... which type of the above reply do you find most inviting or promising?
Based on your experience, what's the best kind of reply to look for?