Can You Effectively Subcontract With Smart Steps?

Because you may find that some areas of database and information technology design development might require outside assistance, here are some important considerations to bare in mind while planning your effort. This applies to the best tech experts because the technology industry is growing so fast that one person cannot cover every nuance without some help.

Important Initial Information.

1. Understand that building a subcontractor relationship takes time. You need to get to know your subcontractor and he needs to get to know you.

2. Before you even consider hiring someone, ask your colleagues for recommendations. A great recommendation will go a long way towards insuring that you’re hiring someone who is good at what you need him to do.

Get References And Pay Fees That Gives You The Best Not The Cheapest.

3. Hire the best subcontractor you can afford, not the cheapest one you can find. You may pay more than you think you can afford, but you’ll bank on a fine reputation instead of throwing money down the drain on a bad situation that could hurt your reputation.

4. Get references. And actually call those references. If the references all give glowing reviews, you’re ready for the next step. If the references are less than glowing, you may want to find out why.

Review The Potential Contractor's Previous Output And Maybe Conduct A Trial.

5. Check the potential subcontractor’s portfolio and website. If his own site isn’t up to your standards, chances are, his work won’t be either.

6. Consider a trial project. Contract him to do one small project and see how he handles it. If you ask him to edit a 500 word article that you wrote and he takes 3 weeks, you know he’s not going to be a good fit. If he returns 30 minutes later and has truly made the article better, you’re golden.

Use An Attorney To Secure The Contract's Intent.

7. Make sure you both sign a contract. Include how much he will be paid, allowances for increases in rates later on, a point at which the contract will be re-evaluated and specific instructions on what will happen if either one of you wants out of the contract. You’ll also need to include specific information on what happens if either one of you breaches the contract. You’ll also want to include a confidentiality clause. In any case, make sure you consult an attorney before signing any contract.

Clearly Communicated Project Requirements Are Essential.

8. Communicate effectively. Make sure that you provide clear instructions and that your subcontractor understands what you are wanting. If a mistake does happen or there is a miscommunication, review the situation with your subcontractor so that both of you understand what went wrong.

9. Always review your subcontractor’s work. The only way you’ll be able to ensure your company’s quality is to review the work yourself (unless, of course, you’ve hired someone to serve as a project manager and that person knows exactly what you’re looking for).

Be Ready To Execute A New Contract If Necessary.

10. In the event that a subcontractor doesn’t work out, follow the instructions in the contract for termination. Don’t take it personally, don’t tell him he stinks, but do give constructive feedback if he wants it. Also, don’t let one bad experience turn you away from subcontracting.


Follow these ten tips and you can grow your business from a solo entrepreneurship to a company run on teamwork that handles several clients and many projects with ease. Building a team should be your main goal since a successful technology company in today's environment is related to multiple expert products integrated into one service or product.

Tom Gruich

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