As a general contractor, you’re expected to have a lot of responsibilities handled correctly, and get the job done the right way every single time, the first time. With that, comes a lot of needed skills and a lot of needed skilled team members. This is where subcontractors come in.
Subcontractors are something that all general contractors know about, so they don’t need an explanation. However, the pros and cons of hiring one can be a bit of blur, and not to mention can differ from trade to trade.
Let’s look at a few that you should take into consideration when you’re thinking about hiring subcontractors!
Pros and Cons of Hiring Subcontractors
- You only have to hire a minimal amount of employees, because you will not need your own employees to be doing all the skill work.
- You don’t have to worry about getting the work done yourself.
- Since subcontractors are usually only skilled in one or two specific jobs, they have a much higher quality of work than someone who is a jack-of-all-trades.
- You can focus on other important tasks while they focus on the job at hand.
- Since subcontractors work for their own company or themselves, they can only come work for you when they don’t have other clients to take care of. This can be a constant struggle when hiring subcontractors.
- Until you find reliable, dependable companies that do quality work, you may have to always be looking for different companies that fit your needs.
- Since you don’t always know the quality of work that is done, you may end up with clients who are extremely unsatisfied with the work of the subcontractor, but it will still fall on you because you hired them.
It is super important to balance these pros and cons out when thinking about having subcontracting work done. It’s also important that you know what jobs you might should hire actual employees for and what jobs are acceptable to subcontract out.
However, even with that being said, as a general contractor, you are someway or another going to run into a situation where you need to hire subcontractors. This allows for jobs to get done at a more rapid rate, which allows you to keep clients (and your bank account) happy.
So, what’s the best way to find a subcontractor then? Glad you asked!
Tips For Hiring Subcontractors
Finding a good subcontractor can be much the same as finding any other good professional near you. Talking to others, making relationships, and networking is no doubt going to be your best bet at finding the highest quality subcontractors around. Talk to other general contractors as well, and see if they could recommend you anyone that they liked.
Once you find a good subcontractor, they usually know of plenty more high quality companies that do other work that would benefit you as well. Take advantage of everyone that comes around and ask if they know of any good companies that do something they aren’t already doing. For example, if you are using a drywall subcontractor, ask them if they know of any high quality plumbing companies if you plan on hiring out for your plumbing. These guys often all work together so they know who does good work and who doesn’t.
A great idea on top of those would be to go to local wholesale suppliers. For example, if you are looking to have hardwood floor installed, go talk to some of the suppliers around there and see who they sell the most hardwood floor to! A company buying a lot of hardwood flooring must be doing a lot of business, and if they are doing a lot of business, there’s usually a reason – they’re good at it.
Now that you know the ups and downs of hiring out some of your work, and how to hire high quality companies, there’s no reason not to do it! Subcontractors allow you to get more done, get it done more quickly, keep more people happy, and allow everyone to make more money.
It’s just a matter of finding the right ones. Now that you know how to do that, go out and hire some subcontractors and expand your business!