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  • Writer's pictureAvanlee Fisher

How to Choose the Right Contractor for the Job

Updated: Feb 5, 2023


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A lot of business owners feel the stress and strain of dedicating a lot of time completing a meticulous, repetitive task. When you only have a certain number of hours in your day, you should be more focused on formulating new business strategies, networking, and finding new clients—not answering phone calls, producing content writing, overseeing construction, managing vendors, packaging boxes, etc.


If you are feeling overwhelmed by your workload, you may want to consider hiring a contractor to get the job done. After all, contracted work can be cheaper, more effective, and better quality than hiring a new employee. It can also save you time and energy. Here are four things to consider when trying to decide if a contractor is right for you.


Do Your Research


First, it is important to do your research on the contractor company or individual ahead of time. Most contractors provide a set of expert services, so you will want to ensure that they offer the very best quality. First, request either a resume and/or trial service. That way, you can see how much experience they have and whether or not they can back up their reputation. Then, ask for referrals. If you have a business connection, or trusted friend or family member, who has hired the contractor in the past, you will want to ask them what it was like working with the contractor. Did they get their work done on time? Were there any big problems? How was the quality of the service?


Informal Interview


Most of the time, it is essential that the contractor is both skilled in their industry, as well as skilled in interpersonal communication. If you cannot rely on your contractor to frequently and effectively communicate with you and your employees, then they will probably not be the best fit for your company’s needs. While the ideal situation would be to meet face-to-face, you can always schedule a phone call instead where you can personally get to know the contractor. Some important interpersonal skills you should be watching out for include respectful communication, active listening to what you have to say, honesty (they aren’t trying to hide anything or lie about their expertise), and a positive attitude.


Licensure


If the job you are looking to get done via contractor requires some type of licensure, it will be essential that you check that your contractor’s license is current and valid. If your contractor does not have the appropriate licensure for the job, you can get into big trouble with the law and end up paying double the worth of their services in legal fees and damage to your company. Consult with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that your contractor is licensed. You will also probably want to make sure they are insured, just in case any accidents occur.


Get Multiple Quotes


As you are narrowing down your search, it will be time to discuss payment. In order to get the best deal, you will want to obtain multiple quotes from several different contractors. That way, you will know what is a reasonable rate for the given service. Nevertheless, be careful choosing the cheapest option, as you may be getting a cheaper deal at the expense of good quality. Unless the job is extremely menial, it is almost always better to go with the best quality versus the cheapest rate.


Hiring a contractor to fulfil certain, repetitive tasks is a great idea for growing businesses. With a freer schedule, you will be able to dedicate so much more time to the most important areas of business, like finding clients, building new products, and forging new business relationships. Just make sure to take all the necessary steps to guarantee that you are getting the right contractor for the job.


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