As a small business owner, you’re responsible for keeping a lot of plates spinning at once. This can often mean that you and your employees are doing double duty on a variety of jobs. While it is good to keep costs down, sometimes outsourcing tasks is better for your business in the long run because then people can focus on their areas of expertise without getting bogged down by extra work. Here are some tips for partnering with local businesses to outsource some of your needs, as outlined in the article “A Match Made In Heaven: Tips for Partnering With Local Businesses”:
#1 Establish Goals and Expectations
The first thing to do when working with a local service provider or vendor is to make sure that everyone is on the same page and that your goals and vision are clear. Lay out all of the details of the project or projects ahead of time, including things like overall budget, deadlines, and any other expectations. Make sure all of this is understood by both parties before starting any projects.
#2 Deal with Conflict Effectively
There are bound to be a few disagreements in the course of your relationship with this business, but if you want to form a lasting partnership is important to be mature and effective in your handling of conflicts. Address any problems as soon as they arise, rather than letting things compounds and worsen overtime. Create an environment of openness and communication, making sure that the partner knows that they are also free to approach you with issues as necessary.
#3 Check for Cultural Compatibility
It is also important to understand the culture of the business you’re partnering with and how it differs from your own business’s culture. Your relationship my depends on making sure that these cultures mesh. Do they work unusual hours? Are they easy-going? Do they preferred phone or e-mail communication? Getting a grasp of all of these aspects of a business’s culture well help you anticipate what working with them will be like.
Remember that good relationships are built over time, so be selective, but also be patient. It might seem like a big step to entrust another business with some of your work and to pay to outsource, but doing so could be very beneficial for your growing business in the long run.