Most contractors especially in the construction industry use subcontractors to complete some of their projects. Some people get contracts without having the required expertise and experience to complete them. They subcontract it to another business commonly referred to as subcontractor. It may also happen that a company gets a project or contract that involves other jobs that it does not do. In this case, it has to subcontract those jobs that it cannot complete internally to other businesses. The term subcontractor may create the impression that a subcontractor cannot big projects. This is not actually as many of them are also full time contractors with large labor force and equipment to carry out any project. A subcontract therefore is a person or a business that does some job for another company as part of a larger project.
Subcontracting a job gives many benefits. However, as there is always another side to every coin, it has its own risk. So, if you are subcontracting a job, you should take note of the risk and try to avoid them. Here are some of the risks of subcontracting a service.
Not completing the job on time:
The first problem you should anticipate especially if you are subcontracting several jobs that form part of a project to multiple contractors is the possibility of one not showing up on time or completing the project as schedule. Experiences have shown that some subcontractors do not keep to schedule. They get many subcontracts from other businesses but they end up disappointing some people. The best solution to this problem is to give each subcontractors deadlines on when to start and complete their own part of the job starting with those whose jobs are to be completed earlier before others can do theirs. Call the service provider one week and 3 and a night before they date for the start of the project to make sure that things are working as planned. Have your plan B ready. Switch over to plan B if the person does not show up.
The second problem associated with subcontractors is the problem of speedy and quality delivery. One thing is completing the job on time and another thing is delivery quality service. As evident from experience, some subcontractors speedily completes their job but their workmanship is nothing to write home about. In their attempt to cut cost, they use inferior materials and thus deliver poor quality jobs. There are also situations where contractors deliver quality services but not on time. The best way to avoid this problem is to ensure that you hire reliable subcontractor who works according to agreement and in keeping with good work ethics. You may spend more but at the end you will get value for your money.
The third problem is the problem of a subcontractor destroying the work of another in cause of delivering his own services. To avoid this problem or to avoid spending extra money, you should discuss the project in details with the subcontractors and let those doing their work last know that if they destroy other people's work, they will be hold responsible for it.