Is There a Need for a Contract?
Questions to ask yourself:
- How can the change occur?
- How can the needed item be acquired?
- Can the person who needs the item build it or raise it herself?
- Would it be cost effective to do so?
- Evaluating the choices and options that are available to the person who needs the item
Following this evaluation the conclusion is reached that what is needed cannot be built, or built economically by the person who needs it. The person will have to go "outside" to acquire it from someone who can provide it.
What is needed: Ask these questions before searching for goods and services:
- A clear understanding of what is needed? How is the item described? What are its key or essential characteristics? How will the item be used?
- What quality or performance criteria must the item meet?
- What are the key quality indicators for goods of this type?
- When must the person who needs the item have it in hand?
- How will the item be transported to the person who needs it? Who is responsible for the cost of transport? If damage occurs while in transit, who is/should be responsible for any damage or loss that occurs?
- How much is the person who needs the item willing to pay for it? If there is a cost level at which the person can build or raise the item economically, how does the price she is willing to pay compare to this cost?