(Disclosure: This is a collaborative/contributed post.)
I had a conversation with a client recently about why she thinks she needs a partner in her business. The answer wasn't what I expected. Although at first, she thought she needed a partner to bounce ideas off of and to be less lonely...what it really came down to was her lack of complete confidence in what she offers. Although she worked for Google for 10 years, when it came to her own business, she didn't feel like she could stand on her own. So, she kept trying to find partners who would fill that insecurity and never seemed to close it.
I understand it. I've been there too, and the first time someone told me I could be the leader and then just outsource what I need or where I needed help, it was a revelation to me.
If you choose to outsource, here are some ways to do it right...
Understand What Level of Support You Get
It’s important that you understand what level of support you’re getting from a business before you start using their services. This differs depending on the type of outsourcing service you’re looking to use and which company you choose to work with. Your decision should definitely be informed by what you’re actually getting from the business you’re paying to complete work on your behalf.
Look for Experience
When choosing an outsourcing company to work with, you should look for a team of people that has lots of experience in their field. When they have that experience, they’ll be much more likely to achieve the right outcomes that you’re looking for for your business. A lack of experience can really start to show when times are tough and deadlines are looming.
Ensure You’re Working with Service Providers You Can Trust
You should look for service providers that you truly believe you can trust with the wellbeing of your business. For example, if you’re looking for IT Outsourcing Services, you should look at what their other and previous clients say about it. Find out as much as you can about the company and keep digging until you feel comfortable working with them.
Hold Discussions and Ask Questions Before Pushing Ahead
Before you push ahead with anything else or sign any agreements, you definitely need to make sure that you hold discussions with them and ask as many questions as you can. By doing this, you’ll make sure that your business and the business you’re looking to hire are on the same wavelength. That’s always something that’s really important, so don’t be afraid to ask lots of searching questions.
Don’t Make a Decision Based on Price Alone
When you’re looking for a business to hire, it’s often very tempting to decide on price alone. It's important to think of your cash flow and what you can afford. However, it’s it’s about finding the service that’s able to deliver the most value for your money.
Outsourcing is one of the best things your business can do. If you’re looking to save money, make your business more efficient and free up more of your time to focus on more important things, outsourcing is definitely a path you’ll want to explore.
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