Many employers today rely on contractors to for professionals in an urgent need to procure a potentially time-consuming project, particularly in the private sector. Here are four simple guidelines you can use to reach your CLIENT�s important contacts for your particular project.
- Handle clients directly
Sometimes manufacturers or contractors believe it is not in their interest to notify them that they are in a rush at work, and may focus their functions elsewhere to others. It is not easy for a manufacturer to get in touch with their clients if they weren’t aware of the urgency of their project, or exactly how much money into it who they could be working. It will be harder to have your clients notified of you sensitizing them to business as usual, and thin the work force in the process.
If this is the case, you will want to follow a simple protocol for newly appointed business partners when interacting with the contractors. Remember that you may have to negotiate a price for the material used to make a certain part, and this may be subject to changes; when this is the case you should be prepared to come up with your own pricing for a project you do, in any case.
- Be able to honor requests
� Consider asking for a price, particularly for higher-producible materials for specific components. It is against the law to provide lower-quality, low-producible supplies, as this itself can severely damage the business relationship. Don�t be afraid to request higher-quality supplies relative to your supplier, even if it allows the manufacturers to meet a time or level reduction of their standard price.
If you simply yield, you can always pay in full. Ideally, the customer can refund the difference, and/or send you an invoice for material returned from the manufacturer.
- Know your customer
Always inquire about products which the customer is a frequent customer of, and/or while you are with the manufacturer, to have clarity on the quality of the supplier, and/or contact specialists to get an idea about quality control.
- Keep asking for a price!
There are occasions where manufacturers/contractors will offer you an even lower price that you can afford for the same product of the same quality. Keep paying both proposals, and at times turns down even bigger deals; this “sub….Was I supposed to say Trump…?” Try to get a sense as to just how much the manufacturer will offer you for the same project.
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