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Old 12-28-2009, 08:45 AM
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I am interested in approaches some of you have taken in making partnerships with other for various things you want to outsource or subcontract. Should I just post something in my local area job boards?

My interest lies in needing to find someone to address any server/network problems for my business clients that I might not be comfortable dealing with or need additional expertise.

Any insight, suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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Are there any computer clubs in your area for computer professionals? I'm thinking that would be a great place to meet experienced computer professionals you can develop relationships with.
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Try looking at your local chamber of commerce.
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Thanks, both good ideas.

What about trying to partner with another small computer business in town - would that be a bad idea?

I have to admit, I am very worried about bringing someone else into my business - would worry they would either try and steal my business or not do a good job - and I would be the responsible party.

But my business is starting to get to the point where I will need some help soon in order to grow. Only so many hours in a day, plus I am still working my regular full time job at night
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I've run into the same concerns. I had a guy who did a terrible job for a couple of clients and another who would try to take clients by undercutting my fees. Finding someone is easy. Finding someone who's trustworthy and knowledgeable can sometimes be a challenge. However, when you're trying to grow a business you need to start somewhere.
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I believe in subcontracting as a way to expand your business. I have done it myself. As Alan said the key is to find others you can trust but there are ways to do it. We discussed this topic on The Force Field podcast a couple of times in the past and I plan to do it again in the future.

Cut-throat competition doesn't cut it anymore. Partnerships with peers, vendors, and would-be competitors are becoming more important as we all find ways to survive and grow our businesses in today's world economy.

To quote Red Green, "Remember, we're all in this together."
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[FONT=Trebuchet MS][SIZE=2]Rick I agree 100% small business owners need to work together[/SIZE][/FONT]
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Just a thought but perhaps creating a "Help Wanted" section on Technibble might be a useful way to match those with extra work to farm out and those seeking extra work.

In my case I'm looking to make contacts to off load extra work I have within the local Boston, USA area.
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I went the subcontractor route last year and decided I will go with payroll employees, even with PT here in a month. Mostly because I want more control over my business and clients.

With having payroll...yes, more paperwork headaches, but knowing that my business is on the line and my clients are taken care of well, with training and monitoring employees, I feel more secure that I'm doing a good job and building my brand the right way.

With opening a 2nd location because I want to expand, I will have 2 PT employees and feel much better about that than contractors.
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