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Hiring Someone - Prevent problems

Prevent problems

1. Do your research

When you are thinking of hiring someone, ask for the names and phone numbers of people they have worked for in the past. Phone these references and ask them: what was the quality of the work, was it done on time, and was it within budget?  

Contact the local Better Business Bureau to find out what they know of the service provider you’re thinking of hiring.

See what other people are saying about the service provider by searching online for their name and the word “reviews” or “complaints”.  

2. Negotiate with confidence

When you make an offer or counteroffer to the service provider, say it with confidence. Be polite and reasonable, but firm.

3. Have a written contract

If service provider offers a contract, read the fine print before you sign. Don’t take the signing of this document lightly. 

  • Go over every section of the document, including any text on the reverse side of printed pages. 
  • Ask the service provider to explain what things in the agreement mean if you don’t understand them. 
  • Fill in all areas of the document or put a line through them if there are blank spaces. 

If the service provider doesn’t provide a contract, write one. You can use our basic contract template and tips for how to write a legal contract.

4. Make sure the contract is complete

Make sure the contract includes: 

  • the date on which the supply of the services will be complete 
  • the service provider’s contact information  
  • when payments are due 
  • any promises the service provider has made about quality