Business Management Tips - Advice For Dealing With Contractors

Monday, May 01, 2017


Depending on the nature of your company, you might have to deal with contractors from time to time. The way in which you manage those people is critical. You need to take a different approach because you don’t employ them directly. That means you don’t have to stress about things like holiday and sick pay. Also, you can get rid of them in an instant if they don’t complete the job as expected. Indeed, there are lots of benefits to using self-employed professionals. To give you a helping hand, I’ve listed some excellent tips on this page. Refer to them the next time you offer work to contractors, and everything should be okay. 

Set Their Pay Rate Ahead of Time
Some contractors are known to take advantage when it comes to sending their invoices. They might try to charge you for hours they didn’t work. They might also attempt to take longer than usual to complete a job. For that reason, you’ll end up paying more than you should for their assistance. With that in mind, you should always discuss payments ahead of time. Let them know how much you’re willing to pay for the work, and tell them you won’t pay a penny more. If they run over your budget, just refuse their payment. Getting in touch with your solicitor is a wise move because they can draw up a contract that covers your back and protects your interests. 

Ensure They Follow Health and Safety Regulations
The last thing you need is for someone to suffer an injury while working for your company. That is the case, even if the individual is only a contractor. Imagine what would happen if a company that specialised in borehole drilling didn’t take precautions. There could be terrible consequences. So, you must implement strict health and safety guidelines from day one. Make sure you provide all workers with risk assessments too. That way, they won’t have a leg to stand on if they do something wrong. They can’t say it’s your fault because you made them aware of the dangers. If they become injured, it is because they didn’t follow procedure. That means it was the contractor who was negligent. 

Ask to See References 
While contractors are self-employed, you can still ask to see references from their previous jobs. If they’ve been working in the industry for more than a couple of years, they should have no issue providing those quotes. They can contact other companies they’ve worked for in the past. If a contractor can’t provide a personal or professional reference, you should probably look for someone else. When all’s said and done, they will manage to give you something if they were good at their jobs. A lack of references increases the chances they might act in a dodgy manner.  In most instances, you won’t have any problems. However, it’s always wise to take precautions in an attempt to cover your back.

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