Meet your potential outsource partners before signing off agreements.
Securing Outsource Partners can be a wise move for your business. Successful projects require a multitude of skills, and sourcing experts can free up time for you to focus on the bigger picture. There are many reasons to outsource. If you only need an expert for part of your project, there’s no point in paying them for full-time. Instead, you can hire somebody for the life of the project and save resources for other areas.
By partnering with experts in areas of market research, graphic design, or SEO, you may bring valuable skills to your work.
But it’s important to find the right people, and take some vital steps before signing off. Meet with potential partners, and check in to see who’s on their team, what the cultural fit is like, and to clarify the way that centralised reporting will keep your project on track.
Here’s what you need to know about working with potential outsource partners.
Where to Find Potential Outsource Partners
We know there’s a wealth of local talent when it comes to marketing, but finding the right fit for your company takes time and research. So we’ve curated a list of experts, from mobile app development to video production—see our list here and find your perfect fit.
Meeting with potential outsource partners will give you an idea of how they work, what their schedule is like, and the culture of their team.
You might ask them questions about their work history, staffing and project successes. It’s like a mini job interview—but don’t forget, they’re sussing your business out, too.
If you both think it’s a good fit, you might then explore costing and discuss the budget, timelines and delivery.
Discuss Budget Early On
When hiring outsourcing partners, be aware of the various pricing structures they might work from. Some will offer a fixed fee, where others will operate on as you go, allowing for changes in workload or design.
It all depends on on the scale of your project and the financial resources of your business. Be honest about your budget, but be open to their input. It’s likely that there are extra costs or time that you hadn’t even though of yet, and an outsourcing partner can draw your attention to these.
It’s vital that both parties are on the same page, so be open and realistic about your expectations when it comes to budget, reporting and success indicators.
Create a Contractual Agreement
Contracts protect both the client and agency. They help manage expectations, create clear and realistic goals and develop timelines for project delivery.
But most importantly, contractual agreements serve as financial protection both client and agency, with a clear budget summary and breakdown of costing.
Maintain Open and Engaging Communication
Once you’ve outsourced an element of your business, it can be all too easy to let it run and forget to check in.
Check in regularly, and ensure you are contactable and supportive if they have questions or need further guidance. By keeping your outsourcing partners engaged, you can avoid problems that occur due to a breakdown of information.
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Neil Anderson is the founder of MarketingSearch.com.au, a privately owned and operated Australian platform enabling businesses to transform their marketing impact and profitability through better agency search and selection, talent sourcing and project optimisation services.