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Subcontracting for Your Work at Home Business

Aug 17, 2007
Many entrepreneurs set up their businesses at home, starting off small and then expanding later on as their business takes off. Business owners with this kind of success have a number of challenges that they must deal with. For example, expanding the space you need to expand your business, hiring employees or contractors, buying additional equipment and storing customer finished goods as well as raw materials. This article will focus on the issue of hiring employees vs. subcontracting for your work at home business.

As your business expands, finding people who can help you with the production of whatever your business provides can be a challenge. They need to have the right skills and they need to also be people that you can depend on to work diligently and be productive. Hiring employees brings specific responsibilities such as providing benefits, paying into a pension plan, unemployment and filing numerous forms that are required by the government. In addition, your work at home business may not be able to support a full time employee. Instead you may need people for only a specified number of weeks or on a part time basis. Many people who are looking for full time work do not respond well to situations that are part time and provide limited benefits.

On the other hand hiring subcontractors for your work at home business is an excellent alternative for many small business owners. There are pitfalls to this approach as well however once you have a good subcontractor and follow a few simple rules, this approach can often be the best way to get the extra help you need or to find the skills you need. Subcontractors can be available to support your business as it grows.

The guidelines that many subcontractors follow include defining the time frame for the work to be done i.e. when do you need it finished; the price you will pay for the work that will be done and then a clear description of what it is that will be delivered. If you define these things well, then your subcontractor can meet all of your needs, while you focus on other aspects of your work at home business.

Once you have a good subcontractor, it is important to treat them well. Prompt payment and excellent communication are key. At the same time, the subcontractor should be providing excellent communication to you as well, meet deadlines, provide support in terms of warranty or respond to any of your concerns quickly. Establishing an excellent relationship in both directions with your subcontractor can make all the difference for your work at home business.
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Elias Georgi is an experienced and successful sponsor, mentor and coach for many thriving home businesses. Elias offers proven work at home business opportunities and strategies.
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