Any of you who have had to outsource a stranger for a project, will know what I mean when I say that it can be all of a pain in the neck and utterly exhilarating at the same time. There are many decisions to be made and not all of them are straight forward, so have those you trust nearby for emergency consultations! At the same time it’s your project, and it should be enjoyed. I’ve had to do quite a lot of outsourcing recently, and I’m not gonna lie I’m still learning, anyhow here are some tips if your thinking about it.
Let’s do this….
The big reveal
When you’ve been working on something for example a novel, illustrations, short stories, a poetry reading whatever it is, it can be hard to share that work with a stranger. However, once you’ve outsourced another human being, you should be at the sharing stage, don’t make it difficult for them to understand what you’re doing, as the finished project will probably reflect that.
If you know the type of work you like, or at least the type of work you want to make things should go a lot smoother. Remember to keep it simple and share what’s relevant to the task; Revealing your work is not as big a deal as you may at first think, it’s actually a very small part of it, so be ready to do your homework.
*Be specific and realistic with your needs.
*Be clear with what you want to achieve. And most importantly…..
*Be happy before you say yes to anything.
Do a cauldron of Homework
I alluded to this in the reveal stage, it’s essential! It really is worth while investigating who it is you’re bringing on board.
*Checkout the stuff they’ve done before.
*Familiarise yourself with their portfolio.
*If you can find out what their working relationship has been with others, then that can a bonus too.
So when you get to the stage of ironing out the P’s and Q’s in meetings etc you can do so with a certain amount of clarity. Of course, you can’t know everything, especially about something you’re not well versed in which is why presumably you have turned to outsourcing them, but preparation is vital.
If the person you’ve outsourced comes highly recommended from a trustworthy source, this is a brilliant start. But remember every project is different and I still recommend you do your research here. Taking someone else’s word for it, may set you up to play the blame game which really isn’t a good look, and to be honest rather unfair.
The spell of contracts
I know that it sounds fiddly and too much like hard work, but it’s something you should think about even if its on a voluntary basis. If you want to protect yourself and your work, it should be something to consider you don’t want any unwanted interferences down the line. A contract can also set the standard of requirements, from what you and your project needs, its just that this way it’s binded by law. When you start to exchange monies you have essentially entered the world of business, no matter how small.
Getting to know your Negotiation tactics
Hubble: Squat up, know your rights, and know your worth.
Bubble: Stay grounded, in order to be in control you have to be, remember what your intentions are for the project in question.
Negotiation rubble: Don’t sign anything until it’s been checked by a legal person and other witness’s, and/or you’re happy with the terms of agreement. Also when it comes to negotiating the finances avoid making the first offer, wait to see what the offer on the table is. Have a figure in mind, or a bartering ploy to play with. Know your limits, and if you need time to think take it, avoid making hasty decisions. You’ll most likely to regret it.
Oh, and don’t ever under estimate your gut, it’s probably the most powerful piece of magic you’ll ever get to know. Ignore it at your peril Wahhhhhahhhahhha!!!