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How much should i pay for a web based dispatch board?

4:15 pm on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I want a developer to create a google calendar like drag & drop dispatch board for a web site i'm developing and i'm not sure what is a reasonable price to pay.

In general the dispatch board will have google calendar type features in that it will have month, week and day views and be able to drop & drag workorder objects onto it for the purpose of scheduling workorders. All the developer has to do is create the board and its functionality and use the existing database and php crud scripts to populate and manage the dispatch board.

Does anyone know what a reasonable ball park price would be?
5:48 pm on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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>> google calendar like ... google calendar type features

to get a reasonable estimate from a good developer, the breakdown of the project needs to be very specific. define what you mean by "google calendar like" in terms of real identifiable features, like:
- authentication / log in
- user permissions?
- define what constitutes a work order
- does the system prevent conflicting/overlapping schedules
- alerts or notifications?
- daily views, monthly views, other views?

construct a wireframe of the interface, a hand-drawn sketch, with annotations describing the functionality you expect. That will help a lot. Then sit down with the developer and talk it through, and give them some time to come up with an estimate based on your requirements and their expected hourly rate.

I can't offer a ballpark price, since it depends enormously on the feature scope, who is building it, and the currency being paid, like whether it's an freelancer in NYC or an agency in India.

The price point may also affect whether the developer puts TLC into the interface to make it look slick, or if you're going to end up with a <table border="1">
2:55 pm on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I understand the issue about not being able to offer a ballpark price due to the lack of specifics and other factors. Your post does provide some very useful suggestions on preparing detailed enough specs to get a reasonable quote - thanks.

I just thought some clients or developers could chime in to offer what they had paid or quoted in the past that provided; color coding, daily weekly monthly views and no overlapping schedules on a technician row.