Are You Prepared For Contracted Help?

By on April 18, 2012

This year is off to a great start and business has started to pickup. You expected new business but not at the rate that it’s going. Your business is doing super well…. Well, almost. Now that you have new clients, you are faced with new challenges, time management and working longer hours (eating on the go, missing personal/family events, working the weekend, etc).

As organized as you may be, you are now challenged with keeping your commitment with your clients. You are stressed, can’t think straight, and running out of time. The thought just came to you. Maybe I should hire an assistant to help with my new projects. Hmmmm. Here’s another challenge. Then, you ask yourself, “how do I go about doing this?” Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Identify the specific tasks you would like your contractor to assist with and create a job description that will describe the tasks
  2. Determine if the hire is a onetime project or ongoing
  3. Identify the number of hours it will take per week/month for projects
  4. Determine weekly/monthly budget
  5. Identify the skill sets needed to complete projects
  6. Make a list of all the systems/programs/email accounts the  contractor will need
  7. Make a list of all other equipment/devices contractor will need to complete tasks
  8. Determine if the contractor will be working from your office or their home office

So, you are ready to begin sourcing for candidates. Where do you go?

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  1. Social media networks
  2. Business associates
  3. Networking groups
  4. Referrals
  5. Job ads

When sourcing for the right candidate, there are many things to consider. Such as, personality, commitment, time, ability to perform assigned tasks, etc. So, how do you know if you are selecting the right candidate for you and your business? You usually don’t. You will either hire based on your emotions, gut feelings  and time constraints. Are you equipped to make the best decision? You will eventually find out as you start working with your contractor.

There are so many things that will need to happen prior to bringing on a contractor. Are you prepared to take on all the other challenges such as managing the contractor, tracking the project, scheduling meetings to review the progress, etc.

To learn more on preparing  for contracted help, please contact Behind The Scenes Business Solutions, LLC  for a free 30 minute telephone consultation.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Originally posted on Behind the Scenes Business Solutions.

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Are You Prepared For Contracted Help?