Improving your business with contractors

These days, more and more businesses are discovering the advantages that hiring contractors can bring to a company. While contractors have been widely used in many industries for some time, others are just beginning to see the value that these highly skilled professionals can provide.

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If you’re thinking about enlisting the services of a contractor, read on to learn about how they can help your company. We’ve also included some suggestions for ensuring that the business relationship goes smoothly.

The benefits of hiring contractors
While the specific ways in which a contractor can add value to your business will depend on the type of work you do – as well as the project in question – there are a number of advantages to hiring a freelancer that apply across the board.

·      Cost effective
Although contractors’ wages are generally higher than permanent staff, employers aren’t obliged to pay benefits, sick leave or annual leave. In addition, contractors are only on the job for the duration of a project, so you don’t have to worry about the expense of an ongoing salary.

·      Quick relief of shortfalls in staff
Hiring a contractor can often be a much quicker process, compared to hiring a permanent team member. Freelancers can also be a good choice for filling a temporary vacancy – such as when an employee goes on maternity leave or sabbatical.

·      Fill a skills gap
Since contractors tend to be experts in very specific areas, the right specialist will add the skills that a team may otherwise be lacking.

·      Motivation
Because contractors rely on their good reputation to get them work, they are generally highly motivated and strive to do a good job.

·      Objectivity
Since freelancers aren’t tied to your company the way normal employees are, they may be more willing to give you an objective opinion about various matters.

Top tips for working with contractors
In order to get the most from contracted staff, it’s important to build a strong relationship where both parties are aware of precisely what’s going on and what’s expected.

·      Maintain consistent communication
Regular discussions about the status of a project and how it’s progressing is important whether you’re working with contracted staff or not. Since many freelancers may work away from the office, these conversations can occur via a number of different communication methods, including over the telephone or email.

When it’s time to hold meetings, teleconferencing services from Buzz Conferencing can be a simple way to ensure everyone is in on the discussion, no matter where they might be located.

·      Make sure your objectives are understood
Clarity and specificity are essential when working with a contractor, so make sure that he or she understands the overall objective of the task, the scope of the project and what the expected outcome will be.

·      Have a clear schedule in place
Another tip that’s useful whether there’s a freelancer on the job or not, a set schedule with various small deadlines throughout is a must if you want to ensure the final product is delivered on time and to budget.

·      Plan ahead for future projects
Knowing what’s in store for your company over the next few months or years can help with the long-term planning of projects – and if you’re happy with a contractor’s work, you might let them know that they will be top of your list for future projects. However, be sure to let them know well in advance, as they may have other clients who are also in need of their services.