All of these incredible advantages may make outsourcing seem as though it is an ideal resource in all situations but this is not true.
There are certain precautions that should be taken when outsourcing a project. It is important to be mindful of these precautions when outsourcing a project to ensure the project runs smoothly.
Verify Candidate Qualifications
When outsourcing a task or project to an individual, care should be taken to screen all applicants carefully before deciding to outsource the work.
Awarding a project to an unqualified individual can be a costly mistake if they turn in sub par work at the conclusion of the project.
One way to avoid being outsmarted by fancy resumes hyping the accomplishments of an individual is to verify all of the information on the resume before awarding the project.
This may entail contacting previous employers as well as references to determine the capabilities and work ethic of the individual.
Taking the time to verify the information on the resume can help to ensure the individual you outsource the work to is truly qualified to complete the project.
Outline Project Requirements Carefully
When outsourcing a project it is important to be very clear in outlining the project requirements.
Preparing contract documents stating the exact project details and compensation to be provided is a good idea.
Additionally, it is wise to include information regarding the required deliverables in the contract documents. This should include the exact end product which should be submitted.
In this portion of the document the client can specify information regarding whether they require the project submitted as a hard copy of the completed project, a soft copy of the completed project or both.
Schedule Periodic Milestone Meetings
These meetings should be scheduled often enough to ensure the project does not fall too far behind schedule during any one phase of the project.
These meetings are also beneficial to the independent contractor because they can prevent him from being caught by surprise at the conclusion of the project if he misinterpreted the project requirements.