252 | How To Work Effectively With Independent Contractors With Lacey Updegraff

252 | How To Work Effectively With Independent Contractors With Lacey Updegraff
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What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • The Difference between An Independent Contractor & Employee
  • The Must-Ask Questions When Hiring An Independent Contractor
  • How To Best Communicate And Set Expectations
  • Strategies For Filling Up The Trust Tank
  • How To Avoid Scope Creep
  • What Not To Do When Working With An Independent Contractor
  • So Much More!

Just hire an independent contractor, they say.

It will be easy, they say.

Sure, hiring an independent contractor could be a good move for your business. The surface-level pros are great:

  • Saves money

  • Greater staffing flexibility

  • Competitiveness

  • Reduced liability

  • Enhanced efficiency

And the hiring process might even turn out to be easy. What’s not necessarily easy though, is building a positive business owner/independent contractor relationship once hiring is complete. All too often, boundaries are not communicated, toes get stepped on, trust issues surface, scope creep occurs, and micromanaging is the norm.

Those issues often arise when the business owner is not quite clear of the role of an independent contractor versus an employee and makes major missteps.

Don’t be that person. Just don’t.

The IRS has a lot to say on the matter but why not hear all about the in’s and out’s and do’s and don’t of working with independent contractors from a business owner with a lot of skin in the game and experience managing other independent contractors? And who also happens to be my Executive Assistant who I’ve had the pleasure of working with for several years.

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with the Owner of Lacey & Co. Consulting, Lacey Updegraff, for an insightful discussion on how you can work effectively with independent contractors to get the results you want.

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About Guest:

Lacey Updegraff is the owner of Lacey & Co. Consulting, an executive assisting and online business management company. After 16 years in nonprofit management, Lacey decided it was time for her to take her skills and experience and use them to create her own business. She is an online business management expert who loves to help business owners run more efficient operations and make the most of their time by creating systems, managing processes, and outsourcing the tasks that take away from their core business. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Alabama with their 3 active kiddos.

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About the author

Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! Amber helps small business owners maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most by improving their time management and elevating their productivity! Amber is a sought after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Small Business Straight Talk Podcast, and creator of Leverage Lab®.

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