So, you’ve got a great idea for a book, website, graphic design or other creative project, but you lack expertise on a necessary element and need to enlist the help of an expert and aren’t sure how to go about it? Here is a tried and true contracting process you can employ to assist in ensuring the best possible engagement and successful result.

Be detailed in your requirements. A well-defined vision can better assist the contractor in seeing what you see in order to bring it to life. Provide pictures and images that resemble what you like, as well as relevant specifications (desired colors, word/page range, size, etc.).

Request samples in your area or industry. For example, if you’re outsourcing your writing project, require samples that support your genre or specialty:

  • Creative / Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Technical
  • Biographical
  • Academic
  • Industry specific

Consult with the contractor in advance to determine how you can work together. Pay attention to how well they grasp your vision.This conversation should be complimentary or at least, payment can be used toward future services.

Consider obtaining a sample for a small fee, prior to contracting for a larger project to help you see if you’re in sync with one another.

Make sure that all agreements are in writing and any needed Non-Disclosure Agreements have been signed.

Don’t be afraid to collaborate closely with the contractor to ensure that the end result is what you discussed… if not better!

Now, relax and enjoy the final deliverable.

DHBonner Virtual Solutions, LLC

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