Apart from me hanging around WHT, I'm also an Exec at my university's business student association. As a project for Canadian national competition that takes place in Toronto in May, each group of students in participating universities around Canada should come up and launch real business operations.
As for my team, we have decided to launch a job web site, since it is somewhat cheaper, no merchandise/production needed and overall, we have easy access to young employment market in Montreal area. Sounds easy enough.
Problem comes in when searching for an affordable job site application. In the last few days I have turned all the resources I'm aware off upside-down, searching for a job board software (preferably in PHP).
I have simply not yet seen a powerful platform that would satisfy our budget the university gives us ($400-500).
If anyone here knows or has experience with ANY job site product that can be as powerful and as feature-rich (or close) as any of the above products (demo: www.SearchEase.com), please, please (pretty please) suggest me something, send me a link, refer a person who you know has/knows about it, because we really are desperate in finding a good script that will be e-commerce enabled and work without errors.
I would greatly appreciate any links/suggestions. Thank you.
However, the challenge is to choose a software you can grow with, something stable that will perform with excellence. ScriptDemo PHP Job Site does not have as many features and its pretty generic in its look, so it has not yet seized my trust as a long-term product to be proud for. On the contrary, it does have pretty search and it can process billing either automatically or manually.
PS: Came across www.DieselScripts.com and their job site software is $37. But its totally not serious to go into big business with. Plus, if it breaks - you're done. If you want to move on to the next level - you're also done - impossible to import resumes, job listings.
Originally posted by KIAHost What if you contacted the companies and told them that your doing work with a University ... they might be able to accomidate your budget.
I spoke with a couple of companies, told them our story, but they just offered an installment sale plan, no discount. So it was still coming up to at least $8,000 product cost + an X amount of money that we pay them to host it (starts at $350 monthly and go up to $2000 per month - imagine the money they are making just from hosting the site! And you don't even have a choice to have the product on your servers.)
Anyways, our budget was cut to $500, so we might just as well go with something simple (and still spooky for me personally) like ScriptDemo PHP web site.
Since we will have to "transfer" the business to next student teams that take our place after graduation, there is no way we're investing that much money in it. Plus, as a first business project, it will hopefully do the trick. First we try small - then we go big.
Anyway you can team up with the CS department and have them write it *for* you? It'd be a great exercise for them. Barring that, maybe you can find one of them that will do it for you for a small fee - good luck either way though!
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Jeremy, custom development was not even an issue. Our time frame to setting it up is one week max. Plus, custom development is risky in a sense - as it might give you errors, which will require constant maintenance.
A good product requires at least 4-5 months in development and testing. You can't possibly have a product as good and trusted as those on the market in a matter of days.
But we will have an IT person on the upcoming team. To manage the current software.