If your business is growing, and you find yourself turning away new clients and assignments; this is the time to consider hiring help, outsourcing or taking on a new partner.
The best way to manage a growing business is to outsource to other virtual paralegals in your practice areas to help you with your work load. If you are considering a partnership, when hiring employees or independent contractors you must follow these steps:
§ Determine if your business can afford to pay an employee or independent contractor.
§ Create an agreement on how and when they will be paid.
§ Be careful about guaranteeing workload unless you have a certain volume of work from your clients.
§ Keep track of all your independent contractors or employee’s projects due dates.
§ Create policies and procedures for independent contractor or employees to make sure they represent your business correctly.
§ Encourage your employees or independent contractors to advertise your business and create an incentive program for them to bring in new business to your company.
§ Ask all your clients for feedback on your independent contractors or employees to make sure that your clients are satisfied with their work.
§ Stay involve with all your clients even if your independent contractor or employee do most of the work.
§ All employees and independent contractors must sign confidentiality agreements.
§ Before you outsource your clients’ work, make sure that you get their permission and carefully vet your new paralegal before hiring or partnering with them.