Subcontracting is probably the best route to take when it i not economical for you to produce the product, or until you can handle the additional production responsibilities. Finding a subcontractor may not seem like a big deal but it is a decision you should make carefully. Here are some things to look for in a subcontractor:
- Find a contractor located in the same town as your business. This can eliminate a number of potential problems because the contractor is within reach. If there are delivery problems or quality questions, they can be solved by simply making a trip to your contractor's shop.
- Go with someone you trust. There are a lot of fly-by-night companies whose quality isn't so great. They're the "here today, gone tomorrow" companies. Interview prospective subcontractors and compare prices, quality, scheduling, anything you feel will affect the quality of the product. Work on developing a positive relationship with the subcontractor you choose.
- Find a company who is willing to work with you. You don't want someone telling you how your customers' products should look. Set the rules, but be fair.
- Find a contractor with a good reputation. You can't tell whether a company's work is good by simply looking at the end product. Don't be afraid to ask for references. The best way to judge a company's reputation is by its customers' testimonials.
- Find a subcontractor who will be honest and up-front with you. Can they guarantee delivery dates?