Choosing to work with a new company/individual isn’t easy. “Change” from working with one professional to another is even more difficult. It takes diligence and time to research your options and come to a well-informed decision. When all that glitters is not gold, it’s up to you to use the resources at your fingertips to determine the best fit for your needs.
For example, let’s assume that you’re a contractor in search of a new brand of windows to carry. You’re looking at several manufacturers that specialize in products that would work well for customers in your area.
Your research should cover reviews, the BBB, website testimonials, and other sources of information on the company. You should also seek out referrals from the people you know, or even from groups on social media (e.g. Linkedin).
Next, qualify the professionals produced from your research. Do any of them stand out? Depending on the number of companies/ individuals at which you’re looking, this qualification process may involve direct communication, whether by email or phone.
The previous two steps should have allowed you to narrow down your list to just a few options. Now it’s time to validate all of your research. There are a variety of ways you can fact-check, including calling their references, or visiting their place of work and evaluating their professionalism and workmanship.
4. Make a Decision
At this point, compare features, price, service, and other factors that are important to you. For example, if you’re searching for a new window product, you may focus on the warranty terms offered by the manufacturer. Make sure to take a higher quality of product into consideration as well.
Whether you’re adding a new manufactured product, hiring a contractor, or procuring a service, you want to be comfortable working with the company/individual and trust their product and integrity.
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