September 7, 2016
Finding suppliers for anything your business needs may seem like an easy enough thing to do. How difficult can it be to find someone who can hook you up with a server, software, and hardware for your business, right? Add to that the fact that almost everything that you need can now be found online.
As easy as it may seem, finding a reliable provider online is not a walk in the park. Yes, you can find a lot of them on the internet, and yes all of them will tell you that they are reliable. The problem is not in the availability but in how you can sift through all of the options to find the one that is not only reliable, but also compatible with what your company requires.
Steps to Sift Through the Many Options You Have
While you might want to take the easy route and to simply choose the first one you find online, or to pick one with tons of testimonials, this is not the way to do it. Sure, you might luck out and find yourself with the perfect provider this way, but then again you might find yourself with someone that is not right for your business. In order to ensure that you are indeed getting the most reliable provider for your company, here are some steps that you should try out:
Don’t be afraid to ask your questions – when you are sifting through your options, do not be scared to ask the tough questions. You are after all paying for their services, so you need to ask these providers the questions that need to be asked. What can they say about their service? Can they provide you with references to ask about their work? The tough questions will help narrow down the playing field by giving you a glimpse of how they actually work and how they perceive their work.
Ask about their guarantees, delivery times, and commitment to their pronouncements – any company can tell you they can deliver certain things on time and within specifications, but not all of those who do this can actually stay true to their word. Make sure that what they are saying about these times and guarantees are in line with what others who have worked with them say.
Get things in writing – always get things in writing before you agree to a specific provider’s services. A lot of providers can and do go back on what promises are made, so it is a good idea to have what they say in writing in order for you to hold them accountable for under-delivering on their pronouncements.
Don’t hesitate to go with your gut feeling – if something feels off, then it must be off. Always trust your gut when it comes to providers that seem too good to be true or are somewhat shady in what they are offering you. There are other options for you to consider so do not think twice about walking away from something that is not sitting too well with your sensibilities.
Do your research well before you close any deals – researching the companies you are thinking of working with should always be done before you contact them for information and packages. This way, you can tell off-the-bat if they are “padding” their capabilities, and if they are true to what they are telling you.