How to Put Your Contractor Relationships on Hold
Sometimes you just need a break. Maybe the contractor youíre working with isnít meeting expectations or their performance has declined. Perhaps youíre going in a new direction and your current contractor doesnít have the skills necessary to continue. Or maybe youíre unsure of how you want to grow your business and you need to take a step back to reassess.
It happens to many client and contractor relationships. One or the other may need to take a break. You may need to put the relationship on hold. It can be a difficult process, and kind of like breaking up with someone that you may want to get back together with sometime in the future. The conversation you need to have requires a bit of preparation.
Why Do You Need to Take a Break?
Clearly outline your personal reasons for taking a break. Whether youíre planning on having a phone conversation with your contractor, email, or face to face, itís important to outline your reasons for the hiatus before you talk with them. If itís a performance issue it is absolutely okay to let them know that their work hasnít met your expectations this is also the perfect time to ask them if there is anything they need from you in the future. Their answer may tell you whether or not this is a contractor relationship you want to maintain.
How Long of a Break Do You Need?
In many cases it is simply a matter of needing to reassess your business. If this is the case or if youíre undergoing some sort of business overhaul then let your contractor know this and give them an expected length of time. For example, if youíre taking three months off then set a date to get back in touch with them. Many contractors have a small pool of clients that theyíre loyal to and give priority. If you set a reconnect date then they may keep you on that priority list.
How Might the Relationship Change?
Going forward, how will your needs change? It is important to outline this both for yourself as well as your contractor. They may not be interested in the changes youíre making or able to help you out. Many contractors are highly specialized and if youíre taking your b business in a new direction it may not suit their specialty.
Once youíre ready to resume the relationship it may be illogical to assume that things will immediately go back to normal. Chances are youíve been out of touch for a few weeks or months and your contractor has likely filled that vacant time with other clients. Give them some time to acclimate to you and your business needs.