Whenever I’m looking to work with a contractor, I head online to find the best ones that I can in the area that I’m looking. It can be a bit of a gamble working with a contractor online, especially if you have never worked with one before, so here are my top 4 tips for finding contractors online so that you can find the best option within your budget and needs.

1. Look for Reviews
I personally love reading reviews, whether it’s for a product I’m considering buying, or for a contractor I’m considering working with. You will likely be investing quite a lot of money into this contractor, so it makes sense to be sure that they’re worth the money you’re spending. While some contractors might have reviews on their website and they can be helpful, I suggest Googling for other reviews and checking out their Facebook profiles as well. Obviously, the reviews they choose to share on their own website are curated by them, so they might not show the whole picture. So whether you’re looking for business coaching or an accident lawyer, be sure to check out all the reviews you can find to see if they are a good fit for you.

2. Set Clear Expectations
I think this is even more important when you are working with someone in a remote capacity. You want to set clear expectations to allow them to best meet your needs. I suggest, depending on the type of contractor, it can even be worthwhile splitting up payment until certain deliverables are met. This protects you in case they are not keeping up their side of the deal, or wind up well behind schedule.

3. Get on a Call
Most contractors will be more than happy to do a call with you, in order to discuss how they can best help you out. I suggest preparing some questions in advance before you get on a call so that you can be sure that you’re asking the right questions. You will want to see how much experience they have with cases like yours and how they think they can provide value. Thankfully with the invention of Skype you can easily make calls without spending a fortune.

4. Be Clear About What You Need
If you’re looking to hire a coach to help you out with your business, then you’re going to want to make sure that your goals are really clear. If you’re not really sure what you want to get out of the coaching, it’s going to make it a lot harder for you to get the best value out of your coach. Likewise, if you’re seeking legal advice, I think it’s a good idea to prepare in advance so that you know what exactly you need help with. Many contractors charge by the hour, so the more you can prepare before you start working with them the better and the more money you will save.

Working with remote contractors can be a great way to resolve issues in your life or improve your business, but you’ll want to implement these top four tips to be certain that you’re hiring the best and making the most of your investment.

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