Hiring Subcontractors for your Business
Many of us entrepreneurs and small business owners have to hire or use contractors to help during busy times of the year, for events and so on. Those contractors can be anyone from administrative help to entertainers and performers for events. In my business I fall into both of these categories as my caricature business is hired by many event planners in my area and I also work with many large businesses with social media and other marketing projects. So what are some of the concerns as a contractor hiring another subcontractor?
First if you are going to hire another person or business to work with then you need to know how they operate and who they are. For instance I pride myself on my professionalism so small things like appropriate dress and being on time are very important to me. I have been hired for events with other entertainers where they showed up late, took too many breaks, ate with the guests, and so forth, not very professional in my mind. Many entertainers work on a part time basis and that is fine if you know that a head of time. Be careful with the tax calculations as you don’t want to be on the hook for any taxes. The professionalism will show in the details so look for things like do they invoice you properly for projects, do they offer estimates or booking confirmations, those items show someone in the game for the long haul. You need someone you can rely on week after week, not someone who is gone the next month.
Reputation is everything especially when working with larger businesses. It may even require things like being incorporated, submitting proposals and more. If you are a fly by night you aren’t going to get any work here. Leave this area for the full time guys as businesses take a lot of time pitching proposals and ideas before the work is assigned and that can mean months of negotiations. Part time doesn’t work in this area. You will probably find that most businesses that deal business to business feel better dealing with businesses that are planning on being around for a while. If you handle your business as a part time venture you may find that your timing is off for meetings and other important details for company projects. Understand where you are right now and when ready prepare to move the business up a notch. It will hurt you more to get in over your head, trust me I learned that the hard way early in my career.
The trick for every business is to be professional at whatever level you are at. That will help you move to the next level in business when you are ready. There is one thing that will stay with you throughout your career, your name! Check out my blog post “Are You a Brand” to read more about that subject.
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Posted on August 9, 2011, in Articles on business for Creatives, Caricatures, Event Planners & Entertainers, Marketing Tips and tagged blog, Bruce Outridge, Bruce Outridge Productions, business, entrepreneurship, entrpreneurial success, illustration, Marketing, The Business Side of Art. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.