When you work on any project there is a saying that you have to decide between Price, Quality, and Time – but you have to choose two. Nobody gets all three, and I completely agree.
When scoping out a project you have to be ready to sacrifice one of the three points in the project triangle.
I really appreciate this lesson as when I talk to folks who are about to embark on a project, they think they can get all three. I think I learned this lesson the first time I had someone else working on a project for me. I ended up losing out on quality, which meant I did not pay a lot and the project happened fast. On the other side of it, the final product was less than great. It was a valuable lesson that you have to choose wisely.
There are many ways to start a project, but understanding that using an outside provider for programming, graphic design, marketing, consulting, or anything else coming from an outside source you need to choose between Price, Quality, and Time.