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How do I Choose the Best Outsourcing Providers?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 27 October 2016
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In order to choose the best outsourcing providers, you will need to compare each option’s price, track record, and work history in your field. For example, if you are hiring a graphic designer to handle a particular campaign, you may wish to find someone who has worked on similar projects in the past. You should also find someone who offers fair prices, can provide referrals, and who has a book or website examples of his or her work, where applicable.

Outsourcing providers may include companies who subcontract freelancers to various companies. These are businesses that find a team of self-employed individuals and offer their services to other businesses. The freelancers are usually employees of the contracting company, or they may work as independent contractors. The outsourcing company will generally mark up the subcontractor’s prices in order to make money. Fees may also be charged directly to the freelancer in exchange for having the company find them work.

When you are looking for outsourcing providers, you should consider that many middleman companies charge higher rates than if you went directly to a freelancer. Using an outsourcing company also has advantages, however. You will know that the freelancers for hire have been screened for quality and fair pricing ahead of time, and you will likely be matched with a worker who will best meet your needs.

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To find the best outsourcing providers you should begin by contacting both middleman companies and self-employed professionals directly. Discuss your upcoming project with them and narrow down your options based on who has the most experience in that area. Ask to see samples of previous work from each option, primarily any work that is related to the project you will be doing.

You should also discuss your budget with the company ahead of time. If you have a particular number in mind, try quoting slightly lower to see if they will agree. Some freelancers have set rates that may not be negotiated, others will be willing to work with you, depending on how much difference there is between their price and yours. Keep in mind that quality workers will likely charge more than beginners or those without good references. This doesn’t always mean that more expensive is better, but it is something to consider.

Once you have found a few outsourcing providers who have good samples and referrals as well as fair prices, you will need to make a decision. The person or company you choose may depend on any extras they have to offer. One may be closer to your offices and more able to attend meetings. Another may be able to get the work done faster. The things which influence your decision will likely be based on personal preference and individual needs.

There are many benefits to outsourcing, the primary one being cost. Rather than having to hire a full-time employee, you can hire someone on a project by project basis. This helps you avoid added costs such as vacation time, health benefits, and unemployment.

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