I am an engineering contractor, operating on a shoestring. A potential client asked for a proposal.
For a first step proposal, I think formal analysis from me and a third party expert is needed. I think the third party is needed for a week or two, and could run me about $10k. After this analysis, I can create a second proposal addressing the main problem in detail. I have been advised to not charge hourly by a SCORE advisor, and to charge per job.
1. Do I subcontract, refer the client to a contractor, hire a consultant; put an add in the “help wanted”, get a Monster.com search account, or outsource to India?
2. Is there an option I am not considering?
3. Do I tell the client about this in the proposal?
4. ...and ask him to hire the expert?
Thank you very much for your help!