Outsourcing and remote work – these terms have been quite popular with businesses for quite some time now and there has been a huge hullabaloo about it. This noise has been majorly because of the fact that technological intervention has made it quite easy for businesses to work with independent contractors by outsourcing their services.
Teams located in one corner of the world are using services offered by a contractor located in exactly the opposite corner. And, this has made business so much more flexible, powerful and smart. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds. As a business owner, you need to be pretty smart when hiring remote workers for your business processes.
In this post, we are going to talk about some of the things you need to consider when hiring remote workers so that you can make it work. So, let us have a look at those things one by one –
1. Create a goal, set clear expectations
The first step of hiring is to plan what you expect out of the services that you are looking to outsource. Have a clear picture in mind that by hiring the contractor you are going to reap these benefits and these could be the downfalls. Create a goal that you are willing to achieve, and the contractor is going to be the help you need to achieve that goal.
This will help you to not only have a better clarity on whether you are making the right choice by outsourcing the services but at the same time set clear expectations from the contractor. When things are clear, work can be done a lot better.
2. Cost should not be the only thing in mind
Most businesses tend to choose to outsource simply because it is a cheaper option than creating a new in-house team. However, this should be just one factor while hiring remote workers and not the only factor.
If you see a striking difference between the quotes and bids by two contractors, dig a little deep. Check out what’s the difference between the two. Factors like communication skills, past working experience, and customer reviews are quite important when hiring remote workers. After all, choosing a cheaper option and then getting stuck with all these issues cannot be considered as a smart idea. So, perform a complete check for all these things before hiring a remote contractor for your business services.
3. Ask questions
Hiring remote workers is just like hiring regular employees. Yes, there is not the possibility of having personal interaction and interview, but try to keep the hiring process as close as possible to the process you keep for hiring regular employees.
Prepare questions; ask as much as you can. From the previous experience to the clients they have worked for and the kind of work they have done – you need to have an idea about all this and more to judge the credibility of the remote worker. This will clear one often biggest hurdles that businesses have to face while working with remote employees i.e. communication.
4. Terms of service
When hiring independent contractors or freelancers for your business, service contracts become quite critical. You need to make it a point to have a clearly listed service contract and share it with the contractors. Make sure that the contractor has thoroughly read and agreed to everything that’s being jotted down in the contract.
Documentation like NDA and service contracts should be carefully compiled, read and agreed to by both the parties in order to avoid the chances of any confusion in the longer run.
These were some of the most basic things to keep in mind when you decide to hire remote workers for your business. So the next time you are on the lookout for independent contractors and remote workers, you don’t need to worry about having made the wrong choice.
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