As your business grows, you’ll likely find the need to hire subcontractors. These specialized tradesmen have the expertise and experience needed to take your job to the next level. And, when you find the right person, your working relationship can last for years to come. When you begin the interviewing process, here are a few hiring tips to keep in mind.

1. Evaluate experience and past work.

Take a look at the subcontractor’s portfolio, and keep an eye out for the type of jobs they’ve completed. Are these jobs similar to the type of work you do? Do they work alone, or have a team of their own? It’s important to make sure they have the right experience, manpower and equipment to do the job effectively.

2. Ask to see safety records.

Reduce the risk of an onsite accident by asking to see the subcontractor’s safety records. These include their Experience Modification Rate (EMR) verification and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records. You can also ask about time lost to previous accidents or injuries, as well as the credentials of their main safety officer.

3. Make sure they have the right license, insurance and bonds.

Familiarize yourself with your state’s licensing requirements for their specialty, and ask to see a reference letter from their bonding company. You should also make sure they have insurance limits that work for your project. These preventative measures can help protect your business from legal action down the line.

4. Take a look at financial investments.

Is your potential subcontractor’s business trustworthy and legitimate? Typically, a third-party company will prepare a financial statement to give you a good picture of how the subcontractor compares to others in the field. This can also give you confidence that the pro will finish the job you’re hiring them for.

5. Establish communication early.

As you move forward with hiring the right subcontractor for your project, set up communication expectations to help save time on the job. Discuss what daily reporting and time cards should look like, as well as how you’ll keep in touch on a day-to-day basis.

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