If you are asking this question, it suggests you are probably just getting started with outsourcing. It’s good you took the step — it is never too late to integrate outsourcing into your business. Thinking of the best ways to hire an outsourcing partner? Keep reading to learn how.
Decide on What You Want to Outsource
The first and major step towards contracting an independent contractor (an outsourcing partner) is to first decide on what you want to outsource. While you can outsource virtually every business function, it may be more practical to focus on time-consuming tasks such as administrative tasks. Outsourcing experts advise that you consider keeping your core tasks in-house.
So, when it is clear to you know what tasks to contract out, then you can take the next step. When deciding on what tasks to outsource, you should also determine whether or not some aspects of such tasks should be kept back and handled in-house.
Craft a Job Description and Job Requirements
Obviously, you need to create a description of the tasks you want to outsource, including the requirements for applicants. Subsequently, you can visit an outsourcing website or go to an online market place to post the information.
Also, you should remember to integrate your budget for the project. A caution here though; while outsourcing is a cost-saving tool (just one of the benefits), you should be mindful of the budget you put forward. The very low budget may attract the wrong persons to your job post.
So, make it clear what the task is all about, the details of what the independent contractor will be doing in line with the task, and the qualifications required from the right candidate.
Sift Through the Applications
The next step is to sift through the applications to separate potential candidates for the job from those who have little or nothing to offer in terms of what the job requires. Then, narrow down the list by requesting a test sample (if possible, especially for tasks such as content creation).
To be sure that the selected people will put in their best in carrying out the test sample, you should offer to pay for the most suitable sample. Also, check the portfolio of the prospects to see if they have performed similar tasks in time past.
Consider a Proper Contract
This means leveraging a legal service to draw up a proper contract that would be legally binding on both parties (you and the outsourcing partner). A proper contract signed by both parties helps to curtail possible excesses or laxity. When a contractor knows he or she is liable for shabbily accomplished tasks, the person will think twice.
Finally, if your target is to cut more cost, you should outsource to an offshore independent contractor.
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