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Many IT project managers find that using subcontractors is an excellent alternative to hiring full-time staffers. IT project managers may choose to hire independent contractors to assist with one project, or bring them on-board on a long-term basis. Either way, using subcontractors gives clients the support they need while extending your company’s presence – without your company having to pay for employee benefits and other perks.
However, working with subcontractors isn’t risk-free. That’s why the No. 1 rule in this situation is: “Document, document, document.” Before you formally begin a subcontractor engagement, be sure to thwart misunderstandings and missteps by clearly documenting your expectations with both a subcontract management plan and a 1099 independent contractor agreement signed by both you and your contractor.
If It Matters to the Project, Put It in Writing…