There is no doubt that as an entrepreneur, you have already dedicated much time and hard work to your business. Eventually, you will find that adding more people into your workforce is needed in order to expand. If you want to hire your own manpower, then there are many things to consider. First, you have to make a choice between hiring employees and contractors. The choice that you end up making will have a huge impact on your business later on.
To be straightforward, there are many benefits in taking contractors rather than hiring employees. It is cost effective and it eats up less of your time so you can concentrate more on improving your business. You can also effectively delegate tasks and responsibilities, again, at just a fraction of the usual cost since contractors have their own resources to deliver what you expect of them.
So, are you ready to hire contractors for your business? Here are some tips in sifting the best –
Search for Reputable Candidates
Since you are, in essence, giving a portion of your responsibilities to the contractor, it is best that you find the most knowledgeable candidate out there. Test how well each candidate communicates. Is he responsive? Is he professional?
You can find the best through word of mouth or from print advertising. It is crucial that you thoroughly interview each one. Ask for a portfolio and if they already have experience doing the same thing that you are about to hand over to them.
Make a list of your most preferred contractors before you decide. Take the time to check on as many candidates as you can. You will discover that there are so many competent candidates out there; you wouldn’t want to miss the best people so set aside some time to look for them.
Check Their Credentials
It is best to call at least three references before hiring any particular candidate. Ask these references or previous clients if they are happy with the services that were provided by the contractor. Ask also if they had open communication. Their past employers’ answers should greatly determine whether or not you should hire the candidate.
Do Not Be Conned by the Lowest Pay Rates
As you have narrowed down your list of candidates, then it’s time to assess whether you can afford them. Some contractors have lower pay rates but this should not be the primary factor that you should consider in hiring them. Consider this – they might assess themselves at such low rates because they might not have proven anything yet. It is better to peruse their work experience rather than base your decision on mere price.
Interview the Contractor
Begin your communication process with a brief but comprehensive interview. Ask how the contractor will go about with the task that you will give him. Ask also how often he will be communicating.
It is important to set your expectations from the onset such as if you want weekly or daily updates as well as the timeframes that you have for each project. Ask the contractor what he expects from you as his client. This should set the working atmosphere for both of you.
As these things are settled – congratulations – you are now ready to work with the best contractor, which you have chosen from the rest.
About the Author: Zack is a writer for www.focusedumbrella.co.uk. He enjoys helping businesses grow in a cost-effective way.