Thinking of adding interns to your business? Finding the right interns can make your business run faster, more efficiently and easier, but finding those outsourcers can be a daunting and tough process.
State Your Expectations Up Front
What will it be like working with you? What kind of working relationship can they expect? Tell them up front.
If you’re looking for someone to to come on board for repeat work, say so upfront. If you just need a one-time project done, this needs to be clear as well. Leave no room for surprises and misunderstood expectations.
Let them know how you want them to communicate with you. Do you use a project management system like Basecamp or Trello? Or do you want them to be in constant contact with you by email? Do you prefer Skype? The more you can define how you want the working relationship to work, the better.
Start with At Least Three Interns
You’ll find many amazing resumes when you start looking at potential interns. Unfortunately, the only way to really find out if they’re as good as they seem on paper is to give their services a test run. The best rule of thumb is to always test out at least three. Why?
First of all, one or more of them might not work out. Even if they look great on paper, they may not actually deliver the quality of work you’re looking for. If one or two fall by the wayside, at least you have others to fall back on.
Start your test runs with small projects. If you’re satisfied with both the communication and the quality of the work, then offer your interns a bigger project and more work. The biggest mistake business professionals make is starting out a new intern on a high-ticket project. There are just so many variables that can go wrong and you don’t want an angry client or a botched event on your hands. Test the waters before letting them dive deep.
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