There are numerous benefits to be derived from outsourcing for both you and your business. However, it is something you need to approach with extreme caution. Most importantly, you must know what you want and must give clear instructions to the person you are hiring.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when hiring outsourcers is giving vague instructions and expecting the outsourcer to know what they want.
Unless you spell it out to them, nobody is going to know what your vision is. If you fail to provide specifics when giving instructions, you are highly likely to be very dissatisfied with the results. You are going to end up wasting time having the project done over, and sometimes many times over.
So take time to figure out what exactly you want to be done, before placing an order. If you desire to have a web-page design in a particular way, provide a similar web-page and say, “I want it done like this one.” If you desire a plugin that would provide a specific function, make sure what you want is completely outlined, before contacting an outsourcer to have the work done. If you want a logo designed, provide specific instructions, together with an example of what it is you want.
Most people don’t do these things when they first start outsourcing, and in most cases, always end badly. Again: Do not forget to take time and clearly outline what it is you want to have done before approaching the outsourcer, and be specific.
Getting Started With Your Outsourcer
It is not advisable to begin working with an outsourcer before having proof that they are capable of producing quality work, are dependable and can communicate with you. The last thing you will want is to forward to them a project that is crucial to the smooth functioning of your business before knowing whether they are legitimate or not. That would be a sure formula for disaster.
What you should do first is to give them something small that’s not so important to your business. See how the handle that and then decide how to proceed from there. If you desire to have your entire website redesign, let them redesign a banner or page first to test their skill.
Apart from their skill, the main thing you will be focusing on is reliability. Will they meet the deadline that they set to get the job done? I have discovered that skill and talent are very important, but there are other areas to look at when hiring someone to get a specific job done.
For me, a good character comes first.
There are many talented and skilful people out there, but not all are reliable and can keep deadlines.
So when you find the reliable outsourcers, hold fast to them and don’t let go. Treat them well, and they will treat you well in return.
They are invaluable resources to both you and your business.
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