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  • Writer's pictureAvanlee Fisher

How to Ensure You Have the Right Contractor for Your Business

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

Business man and business woman signing a contract

Contractors offer staffing flexibility that an employee rarely provides. They are often a much cheaper option given that you need not provide them with benefits or office space like you would a regular employee. Furthermore, contractors tend to exhibit greater expertise in the services or products that they provide. Nevertheless, with all these benefits, there is always the risk that the contractor you hire is not right for the job or not right for your business. Here are several ways you can ensure that you have the perfect contractor for you.

Do Your Research

Before hiring an employee, we anticipate that you probably take a lot of time and thought into the vetting and hiring process. Just like a new employee, it is import to vet out your contractors in a similar fashion. Yes, you may not be able to interview them in the same way, but you can still perform an informal interview by meeting them face-to-face—or, if not in-person, at least through video call. Ask prospective contractors about their values, their past experience, their licensure (if applicable), and their team. If you can, have them come to your office space to see if they are a good fit for the job.

Secondly, take advantage of reviews and word-of-mouth before making a final decision on which contractor to hire. Just keep in mind that, since reviews often attract the more extreme opinions of customers, the reviews may not be completely accurate. You may get a better feel for the quality of a contractor by contacting their past or current customers who you trust will give you an honest response.

Receive Multiple Quotes

In every business decision, you must balance the costs and benefits. Synonymously, you must balance quantity and quality. Depending on which contractor you contract with, you may get more for your buck—but for less quality. Or, you may have to pay a little extra for better quality. Depending on the goals of your business, as well as the requirements for the job itself, you may wish for quantity over quality, or vice versa.

As you consult with each contractor, do not only consider their rates, but also the quality of their work. Make sure that you are receiving multiple quotes from various, potential contractors. Then, compare and contrast each quote, keeping in mind that you may be able to use these various quotes and estimates to bargain for a better deal.

Discuss a Contract

Since contractors are technically self-employed and offer services by use of contract, you will want to ensure that contractual requirements are right for the job and right for your business. Before settling on a deal, make sure that you create a detailed, written contract which outlines important agreements such as the projected start and finish date for the job, compensation, access to the work site, liabilities, exit terms, communication, and other scheduling and legal information. Before signing the contract with the contractor of your choice, consult with a professional to ensure that everything is legally binding and sufficiently detailed. Then, make sure you perform an in-depth analysis of the contract yourself.

Depending on the job, hiring a contractor rather than an employee may be the right decision for you. After all, contractors tend to be more specialized, more flexible, and cheaper options versus employees. Just make sure that you vet out your contractors, receive multiple quotes from a variety of contractors, and create a legally binding contract before hiring.

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