Tell Me About a Job that Went Bad

“Tell me about a job that went bad.”

That’s one of the tips I got recently for how to screen independent contractors pre-hire.

I’ve been hiring independent contractors for over two decades in business. Sometimes it has been a good experience. Sometimes … well … let’s just say that I’ve learned from my mistakes.

So I decided to ask 8 small business CEOs and entrepreneurs for their single best tip in hiring independent contractors. I got 8 different viewpoints, including the above tip for what to ask prospective contractors which came from Jonathan Fields of Awake at the Wheel.

The rest of the advice was just as interesting. All of it was wise and spoken from the voice of experience. Many thanks also to Tim Berry, George Langan, Jonathan Fleming, Yvonne Divita, Barry Moltz, Ramon Ray and Robert Rutkowski for the tips!

The full post, including the tips from the experienced business people, is a guest post I wrote over at the Elance blog. Check out: Tips From The Trenches for Outsourcing to Independent Contractors.

Then share your best tip. What single piece of advice would you give for hiring great contractors to staff a project?

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.