27 Jun 2014
4 Ways to Get Better Results Out of a Service Provider
- Hiring a service provider is a smart decision that allows you to maximize profitability by focusing your attention on more important things, rather than dividing your attention between various aspects of running a business. That’s not to say that those “other things” aren’t important… but it’s also more effective to let an expert do what they do best. Whether it is an account, an internet marketer, a graphic artist or a content writer there are several things you can do to get the best possible results when working with any service provider.
Know exactly what you need.If you can explain your goals clearly and accurately, it’s easier to find the most qualified candidates who are able to help you achieve those goals. For example, if you are looking for an internet marketing specialist you will make a more informed decision by knowing that your goal is to “increase brand awareness” as opposed to “getting on the front page of Google”.
Communicate requirements effectively.Most gaps in project management result from a lack of clarity when communicating project requirements. It could be a missed deadline or too much room for trial and error… take the time to plan properly and get it all in writing to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Stay organized.Believe it or not, email is one of the worst ways to collaborate with service providers. Invest in a cloud based project management system where all involved parties can communicate and keep track of tasks, feedback, deadlines, and overall progress.
Constructive criticism.You’re paying for it, so don’t be afraid to speak up when you don’t like something a service provider has done. That’s what feedback is all about. However, constructive criticism is also worth the time. “I don’t like X because Y. Can you try A instead? I do like B, can we see more of that?” This type of feedback helps a service provider improve the quality of their work to better fit what you need. If no real improvements are met, however, it is perfectly acceptable to take note and look for a better service provider who can provide the results you expect and deserve for your investment.