In this post, allow me to convey few outsourcing tips which I believe will help you both in your online and offline business undertakings. The project to be outsourced must, at the outset, be clearly defined. The goal must be set beforehand so that you will be guided along the way. The service provider must be given sufficient information in respect to what is needed and this must include the process of doing the same.
Requirements as to the schedules must be clearly defined as it will certainly bring a big impact in so far as cost of the operation is concerned. You may also want to draw a project timeline. This timeline must be imposed with strictness but must however be realistic. There are times, however, when the service vendor may fall short from the given schedule but these are the times also that you must show big heart for him.
Asking from the vendor as to how he wants to do the task is of utmost importance. This will give you idea on how well and informed he is on the work and the latest trends. Heed to this: Do not hesitate to ask question or be afraid from asking anything which relates to the job or you will regret having asked none. Of the questions that you need to ask, you need to look at his past experiences. You must use a magnifying glass to check whether his customers in the past were satisfied on his works or whether hid really did complete a project at all.
Before you proceed, I would like to raise a red flag here. In asking for the provider’s portfolio, you must see to it that you are not going to let him to give you a finished work. Vendors are skeptic. They should not get into try-outs with a “thanks – no thanks” end. They may give you a small amount of “free tasting” but you cannot let the whole dish explode inside your mouth and walk away.
When a service provider gives you an idea on how much does his service cost, do not be easily tempted on the stumpy amount he has offered as his fee. Outsourcing reviews reveal that it is quite desirable to opt for people who offer their services in the intermediate level of pay. An offer from a provider which rings your ears for being too low is something which must be avoided as he may just be new to the job but don’t take this, however, to mean that he will prove useless to you. In fact, when I started with SEO work and website making stuff, I really don’t have a portfolio to brag about. Taking a short look some years in hindsight, I was forced to present my cousin’s portfolio just to have something to show but I managed to prove my worth when the work started. Having heard that, you can start with a person and show him that you are willing to help him along the way.
When you begin the project with the service vendor, make sure that you don’t entrust with him the complex ones. This will dissuade him from going further as he may be brought into the thought that the subsequent ones will be more difficult. Make sure the simple tasks that you give him will be undertaken over and over so he can have mastery over them.
Finally, make sure that the provider possesses strong core values. Such values include integrity, honesty, experience, efficiency and above all, communication skills. Communication line plays an important role in the outcome and success of the project. And above all, always give appreciation and praise. A single word of praise may have just slipped away from your thought but it may just be the world for them. It may be simple as it seems but this truly ranks on top of other outsourcing tips I have laid down here.