Zintro Blog http://blog.zintro.com Business News written by Industry Experts Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:24:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inquiry Roundup- Laboratory Management http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/27/inquiry-roundup-laboratory-management/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/27/inquiry-roundup-laboratory-management/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:22:19 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23596 Medical Laboratory Management JOB TITLE: MEDICAL DIRECTOR – LABORATORY SERVICES Manages and directs full service clinical/diagnostic laboratory service. Working collaboratively with the senior management team to ensure consistent high standards... Read More

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Medical Laboratory Management

JOB TITLE: MEDICAL DIRECTOR – LABORATORY SERVICES

Manages and directs full service clinical/diagnostic laboratory service. Working collaboratively with the senior management team to ensure consistent high standards of service and commitment to quality are met, the Medical Director will be responsible for all technical laboratory planning, operations, and administration. He/she is responsible for the overall operation, leadership and direction of the Clinical Laboratory in accordance with the appropriate UAE guidelines governing clinical laboratories.

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Laboratory Consumables 

We are currently conducting a study to understand the Lab Supplies/Lab Consumables Market. We would like to speak with experts from Lab supplies companies or large pharma/healthcare companies, Lab consumables category managers or procurement managers; who can share their insights and views through a paid telephonic discussion. If interested and knowledgeable, please contact me with your email and phone number.

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Pigment Paste

I am working in pigment application laboratory. I need to take paste ink(Made from muller) draw down on plastic film and need to measure it’s color on color spectrophotometer. Kindly provide most accurate method to measure color.

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Drug Development

Dear Experts, we are a small Russian pharm company. We are developing a new proprietary medicine. It is a nasal spray for CNS. We are looking for a small manufacturer or a laboratory, which can do fill and finish of our drug product in GMP condition with European Qualified Person release. We need to prepare a batch for Phase 2 clinical trials in Europe. For that, I imagine, they should have some analytical capabilities too. Our API is a small peptide. Can anybody help, please? I will be glad to provide further information.

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Success Story: Mike Keating http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/25/success-story-mike-keating/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/25/success-story-mike-keating/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:23:00 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23555 Zintro expert Mike Keating is a Registered Professional Engineer with 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and several certifications (PE, AVS, CCE, CGC). He is President of Keating... Read More

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ZintMike-Keatingro expert Mike Keating is a Registered Professional Engineer with 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and several certifications (PE, AVS, CCE, CGC). He is President of Keating & Associates, a personal and organizational coaching and consulting firm that facilitates developmental processes with organizations and individuals to help them align resources and realize their untapped and hidden potential.

Mike is also a Cost Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of South Alabama. He is a graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has an MBA from the University of West Florida.

Mike shares his opinion about his success as an Expert on the Zintro forum. “The client was looking for a local expert to confirm and expand upon their research. Zintro connected me with a client that otherwise I would not have known existed. I think that says it all….more income with very little marketing effort!”

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Zintro Feature Update: Conversations http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/23/zintro-feature-update-conversations/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/23/zintro-feature-update-conversations/#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:54:38 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23520 We understand the importance of Clients and Experts being able to interact through the platform and connect successfully. That’s why we just released the all new Conversations to replace Zmail... Read More

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We understand the importance of Clients and Experts being able to interact through the platform and connect successfully. That’s why we just released the all new Conversations to replace Zmail as a way to help you achieve your goals more effectively. Whether you are an Expert or are looking for Experts, starting a conversation on Zintro has never been easier.

Together with an improved user experience and user-friendly site that works on any device, we have made changes to maximize your probability of success on Zintro:

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Other benefits of the new format include:

No more masking – In the past you could only share direct contact information and links in a conversation if you were a Premium Member. We are no longer masking this information allowing you to communicate better with Clients and Experts

No more minimum connection fee – In the past you or the client had to pay a $99.95 minimum connection fee in order to engage. Connecting with Clients and Experts is now completely free. Zintro will only charges a 10-15% success fee of the Service Contract value of any engagement initiated through the platform.

The Client queue – A completely new way to visualize and manage responses to your inquiry.

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Profile information in page with direct actions – In the past you needed to go to the profile of the person you are interacting with to learn more about them. Now you can see who you are talking with at the same time as you respond.

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Tools – In the past you had to go through a formal proposal process to engage with your counterparty. Our new tools let you achieve your goal faster by letting you do what you want when you want. We will be including more tools in the near future for attachments, disclosures, scheduling, conferencing and many more. Have any Ideas? Let us know

The Payment Tool – As the first step toward the all-new Zintro tools, we have released the payment tool. It allows you to send a quote if you are an Expert, or a direct payment if you are a Client. An accepted quote or direct payment will be held in escrow until the Client releases it to the Expert. As an Expert, this gives you the security of payment while giving the Client the security that services will be provided. Once a payment is in escrow, it can only be canceled by Customer Support, giving both sides the advantage of having Zintro as a facilitator in case of any disagreement.

 

 In addition, Clients can now:

  • Shortlist experts- Making it easier to manage multiple responses. As an Expert, you will know when you have been shortlisted for an Inquiry.
  • Decline Experts- Letting Experts know if they are not a good fit.
  • Mark Responses as Spam – This notifies us that the Expert is abusing Zintro or using the inquiry response for something other than what is requested in the inquiry.

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Inquiry Roundup- Software Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/20/inquiry-roundup-software-industry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/20/inquiry-roundup-software-industry/#respond Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:30:45 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23536 Software Licensing Reseller Service I am currently working on Software Licensing Reseller Services globally. I would like to know more about best sourcing strategies to procure Reseller Services in terms... Read More

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SoftwareSoftware Licensing Reseller Service

I am currently working on Software Licensing Reseller Services globally.
I would like to know more about best sourcing strategies to procure Reseller Services in terms of understanding  various pricing models, margins, volume based discounts, rebates offered,cost saving areas of opportunities, comparing the SLA /KPI Metrics with software licensing & procurement services, cost drivers/ components.
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PHP Software Development In USA 

I’m looking for a PHP Developer preferably from East Coast for my Washington, D.C.-based Our startup is changing the face of philanthropy through an innovative approach to online fundraising. Our technology allows you to donate without leaving social media, simply by writing #donate on any Facebook post or when you tweet at any of our partner charities. The idea candidate has experience with PHP, MySQL,PHPUnit or other testing framework,Ubuntu server administration,Twitter and Facebook APIs. Bonus, experience with Amazon Web Services ,Continuous deployment, Laravel framework, Payment gateway integrations. I’m looking for someone on the East Coast of the U.S., ideally in the metro Washington, D.C. area. This person will lead our development.
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Software Tech Writing

San Antonio Software User Guide, checks applications for vulnerability to hackers.

JOB ROLE:
1. Learn how the technology works.
2. Learn how customers install, run, and see the results of security scanners.
3. Learn how IT personnel interpret results of this tool.
4. Plan and write step-by-step instructions for using the tool.
5. Fine tune, polish, organize, and simplify the instructions. The company will use the directions you write to make more sales.
AUDIENCE: Developers at Fortune 100 companies who produce and use software apps.
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Medical Device Group Shares Common Goal http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/18/medical-device-group-shares-common-goal/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/18/medical-device-group-shares-common-goal/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:25:29 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23512 In 2001, a group of Greater Reading companies began sharing resources and expertise in the medical device industry and other related industries. Formed by the startup incubator hub of Ben... Read More

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med deviceIn 2001, a group of Greater Reading companies began sharing resources and expertise in the medical device industry and other related industries. Formed by the startup incubator hub of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Greater Reading Medical Device Group includes more than 80 professionals with a shared goal: Advancing the region’s medical device industry through shared knowledge and synergies, bringing with it easier access to resources and customer relationships. By meeting as member-companies each month, they are able to share ideas and pass along processes and technologies with the hope of saving steps and creating efficiency in manufacturing.

U.V Parrotta, a director for regulatory, quality and technical services for pharmaceuticals and the medical device industry, shares his thoughts about the group:

This is a very interesting scenario. I understand the value of such groups having been involved in start-ups, but to me it is a double-edged sword with one edge being sharper than the other. Meaning, the organization that needs the most help will always benefit the most. To be beneficial for all the members, there has to be an understanding of what needs to be provided and the answers to questions should serve all (or at last most) of the members. Furthermore, it should not jeopardize an organization’s technological or other competitive advantage. For instance, where did you find (or how did you solve the problem) of needs that the respective organization did not possess the specific talent or resource for (this can be technical, supply chain/distribution, marketing, financial, etc.)?

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Inquiry Roundup- Automotive Manufacturing http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/13/inquiry-roundup-automotive-manufacturing/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/13/inquiry-roundup-automotive-manufacturing/#respond Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:08:53 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23506 Automotive Engineering  We need a plan for starting job in the car industry more details we will discuss through the skype or through the phone if there is any volunteers... Read More

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Red Sports Car 

We need a plan for starting job in the car industry more details we will discuss through the skype or through the phone if there is any volunteers to work with us.

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Hi. I work for a prominent expert network working in partnership with Zintro. We would like to source multiple experts on behalf of an institutional investor. Specifically, we are looking for the following:

Would like to connect with experts in automobile industry in Thailand and India, those with experience at Japanese OEMs like Nissan, Honda and Toyota would be most welcomed. Those with R&D division background preferred.

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Automotive Engineering

Project Engineer required with experience within the automotive/manufacturing field looking for progression within a leading European manufacturing company based in Essex, UK. As a Project Engineer you will plan, execute and deliver manufacturing projects according to strict deadlines and within company margins. Degree qualified or experience within automotive or manufacturing engineering. Excellent communication skills. Confident in being able to liaise with clients and an ability to demonstrate strong technical knowledge with capacity to learn.

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How Competition is Affecting Big Pharma http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/10/competition-affecting-big-pharma/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/10/competition-affecting-big-pharma/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:23:29 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23492 Although pharmaceutical companies have seen an improvement in drug pipelines, they are facing a new challenge. Namely, the first generation of blockbuster biological drugs manufactured by giants Bristol-Myers Squib, Eli... Read More

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pharmaAlthough pharmaceutical companies have seen an improvement in drug pipelines, they are facing a new challenge. Namely, the first generation of blockbuster biological drugs manufactured by giants Bristol-Myers Squib, Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca are facing competition due to patent expiries. Zintro experts weigh in on the issue.

U.V. Parrotta is a director for regulatory, quality and technical services for pharmaceuticals and the medical device industry. “This is the plight of big pharma,” says Parrotta. “How do you keep the pipeline fresh: investigate and discover new drugs, take advantage of new technologies, or invigorate existing lines and brands? All of the aforementioned cost money and lots of it.

“I feel that is the reason why many of the existing brands or what I like to refer to as “exhausted” brands are placed on the chopping block by their respective companies, being placed up for sale to help generate cash for the investigation and discovery of new drugs or to take advantage of new technologies. However, this scenario is not always the right process for the company. Some of the consequences are the “flushing” of talent that helped build the brands. So, the larger the company, the more likely the business model needs to change to successfully or more succinctly, continually compete in today’s environment.”

Marketing and sales consultant Sanjeev Sharma explains, “Near patent expiry of drugs needs to align with pricing adjustments, so these companies do not lose on revenues. And they need to expand to the unrepresented segment–which gets encroached by companies/countries who don’t respect patents–and who are looking to break in once the patent expires. These companies should also double up the speed of new introductions with much more zeal and focus so as they can reap profits in the future too.”

Dr. Sumant Chaubey, PhD, PGD_RA is an independent regulatory, process and market research consultant. “New biological molecules development is very important to sustaining the pharma market in future decades,” he shares. “Bristol-Myers (followed by AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly) has always leaded in developing new biologicals. Drug discovery at the preclinical stage is assumed to contribute strongly to their revenue in the next 10 years. In comparison, AstraZeneca has good molecules at the late pipeline stage and that could contribute well in revenues over the next five years.”

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Great Places to Work When You’re Tired of Working from Home http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/09/great-places-work-youre-tired-working-home/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/09/great-places-work-youre-tired-working-home/#respond Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:23:19 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23401 This series covers several places consultants and freelancers can work productively. So far we have looked at coworking spaces and coffees shops. This last post in the series examines the... Read More

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officeThis series covers several places consultants and freelancers can work productively. So far we have looked at coworking spaces and coffees shops. This last post in the series examines the benefits of renting an office.

Renting an office is the most expensive option for consultants and freelancers. It’s not just a matter of paying the rent every month. When leasing an office you are also responsible for all of the miscellaneous bills, such as electricity and Wi-Fi. You are also responsible for keeping the office clean, either on your own or by hiring a cleaning service. However, if you have a steady source of income, renting an office has several benefits.

  • Motivation. It can be difficult to get moving in the morning when you work from your home. There are numerous distractions and no one watching. Driving to an office can help you develop a routine that puts you into “work mode” each day. And when you leave, the work day is officially over, making it easier to make the transition to family time.
  • Legitimacy. As a freelancer, you may never see clients face-to-face. Some consultants meet clients on their turf to get a better vision of the company. But if your business model requires clients to come to you, a professional office space can ensure visitors take you seriously.
  • Tax deductions. One of the biggest advantages to renting office space is the tax deduction. Tax laws are constantly changing so check with an adviser before claiming office space on your taxes. For example, there are special rules that limit the deduction for rent paid in advance.

Consider the pros and cons of renting office space before signing a lease. Although it can be costly, renting an office can be a smart investment for freelancers and consultants who need a permanent location.

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Inquiry Roundup- Biochemical Engineering http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/06/biochemical-engineering/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/06/biochemical-engineering/#respond Fri, 06 Feb 2015 22:23:47 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23410 Specialty Chemicals  We are a leading expert network firm working in partnership with Zintro. We are looking for experts on behalf of a financial institutional investor. Specifically we would like... Read More

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Specialty Chemicals 

We are a leading expert network firm working in partnership with Zintro. We are looking for experts on behalf of a financial institutional investor. Specifically we would like to speak with someone who is familiar with the specialty chemicals industry, in particular the textiles, paper, and emulsion fields.
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Crop Protection Chemicals 

We are a leading expert network firm working in partnership with Zintro. We would like to speak to experts on behalf of a financial institutional investor. Specifically we are looking for experts who can discuss crop protection chemicals (eg herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) and specifically the leverage to oil in cost of goods sold.
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Chemical Plant Setup  

We are interested in putting up a plant to manufacture application based formulation chemicals.We can also consider joint venture plant.Only experienced person should write
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Chemical and Raw Materials

Hi. I work for a prominent expert network working in partnership with Zintro. We would like to source multiple experts on behalf of an institutional investor. Specifically, we are looking for the following: Would like to speak with someone who has experience purchasing chemicals or raw materials in the healthcare, personal care, or food sectors.
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“Launching your Brand in Latin America Through Research & Clinical Studies” Presented by Abhita Batra http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/04/launching-brand-latin-america-research-clinical-studies-presented-abhita-batra/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/04/launching-brand-latin-america-research-clinical-studies-presented-abhita-batra/#respond Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:15:28 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23395 Zintro Webinar Presented by Abhita Batra, Co-Founder and Managing Director – Advanced Biopharma Consulting, LLC. Presenter’s Note: “Conducting Clinical Trials in LATAM market is considered a challenge. In today’s world companies... Read More

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Zintro Webinar

Presented by Abhita Batra, Co-Founder and Managing Director – Advanced Biopharma Consulting, LLC.

Presenter’s Note:
“Conducting Clinical Trials in LATAM market is considered a challenge. In today’s world companies are interested in launching their products globally. Its time we understand how clinical trials can help you enter new markets and support better outcomes. We hereby discuss a particular case of clinical trials in Argentina, a pioneer in the region regarding participation in multinational clinical trials. We will review the current trial landscape, regulatory submission process and data quality and inspection outcomes. We will also approach another challenging question: How to find the right partner to ensure the swift execution of the trials and trigger the sales?”

About Abhita Batra:
Abhita is an accomplished management executive and entrepreneurial business leader with proven expertise in guiding strategic business direction in growth and early stage pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Abhita is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Advanced Biopharma Consulting, LLC in 2009, a boutique advisory firm that offers business development, marketing and sales services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Through ABC, she offers her client companies an established network of decision makers and strategic partners in Asia, LATAM, MENA, Americas and Europe. Abhita serves as Vice President Business Development and Marketing at Admac Group of Companies; where she manages a product portfolio encompassing 150 generics, including antibiotics and oncology drugs. She was successful in raising $10M capital, and setting up an oncology manufacturing facility in 2012, offering 26 generic oncology products.

Abhita is currently working on her Global MBA at UCLA Anderson and NUS, and has a Masters in Biotechnology with specialization in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania.

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50 Tools for Handling Payment for Multiple Contractors and Consultants http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/03/50-tools-handling-payment-multiple-contractors-consultants/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/02/03/50-tools-handling-payment-multiple-contractors-consultants/#respond Tue, 03 Feb 2015 21:46:03 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23195 Businesses today rely more heavily on independent contractors, consultants, and freelancers than ever before. While these workers save companies money because they are responsible for paying their own taxes and... Read More

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Businesses today rely more heavily on independent contractors, consultants, and freelancers than ever before. While these workers save companies money because they are responsible for paying their own taxes and acquiring their own benefits, hiring contractors and consultants adds a level of complexity to managing the payroll process, tax compliance, and payment process.

The good news is, technology, financing, and software companies offer tools to businesses of all sizes to streamline the payment of multiple contractors and consultants. Some tools cover electronic payment, some are comprehensive payroll and payment solutions, and some focus solely on end-of-year tax filing. We have searched for the top tools for handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants to help you choose the ones that best fit your business needs. Our top tools are feature rich, offer payment and filing options, and boast some of the lowest fees and costs available. We have listed our top 50 tools for handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants here, in no particular order.

1. PayPal Mass Payments
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PayPal Mass Payments

Making mass payments to multiple contractors and consultants is fast and easy for businesses using PayPal Mass Payments. Save time by eliminating check runs and pay anyone with an email address in a matter of minutes with PayPal’s payment tool.

Key Features:

  • Pay contractors and consultants faster
  • No charge for contractors and consultants receiving money
  • Low fees for payments
  • Eliminate postage costs
  • Receive payment confirmation and securely view complete payment history online
  • No setup fee or monthly fee

Cost:

  • For Mass Payments to recipients within the U.S., the transaction fee is 2% of the total up to $1 per payment
  • For Mass Payments to recipients outside the U.S., the fee is 2% of the total up to a maximum of $20 per payment, or the foreign currency equivalent of $20

2. Dwolla MassPay
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Dwolla

Make payments to multiple contractors and consultants quickly and safely with any device that connects to the internet, using Dwolla MassPay. Dwolla’s payment tools replace checks, lower costs, and simplify the payment process.

Key Features:

  • No hidden fees or credit or debit cards
  • Replace paper checks and make mass payouts in seconds
  • Quickly search transactions by date range, amount range, or name
  • Pay out up to 5,000 people at once
  • Lower business risk with Dwolla – send money to an email address or Dwolla ID and don’t worry about bank account or routing number information

Cost:

  • FREE – transactions $10 or less
  • 25¢/transaction – transactions $10.01 or more

3. SurePayroll
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SurePayroll

Managing payroll and payment is easier when your payroll solution accounts for independent contractors and consultants. SurePayroll, an online payroll service, helps small businesses add and handle payments for multiple contractors and consultants. 

Key Features:

  • No separate payroll for 1099 workers
  • Up-to-date payroll reports available online 24/7
  • Integrates with accounting software and time-clock tools
  • Pay contractors and consultants online
  • Prepares 1099 forms on the business’s behalf

Cost: Contact for a quote 

4. Wagepoint
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Wagepoint

Wagepoint’s online payroll tools are the simple and fast way to handle mass payments. With a long list of features and special offers, Wagepoint is a smart solution for handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Direct deposit
  • Payroll calculations
  • Online paystubs
  • Additional deductions
  • No set-up fees, year-end fees, or contracts

Cost: FREE trial for 30 days available

  • $20 base fee + $2 per recipient per pay
  • 2 months of free payroll following free trial period with promo code

5. ZenPayroll
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ZenPayroll

Geared toward small businesses, ZenPayroll is known for simplifying the often complicated payroll process, even when handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants. The simple pricing structure includes everything for employees and contractors, with no hidden fees or additional charges.

Key Features:

  • Employee self-onboarding
  • Email paystubs
  • Employee accounts
  • No extra cost to generate 1099 forms – ZenPayroll automatically generates and sends them electronically to contractors, plus files them with tax documents

Cost: FREE trial for first two months

  • $25 base price + $4 per person/month

6. RUN Powered by ADP
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RUN by ADPKnown for its cloud-based solutions that “take employees from hire to retire,” ADP offers RUN, a small business payroll solution. RUN gives business owners convenience and flexibility in payroll while making it possible to handle payment for multiple contactors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Run payroll from anywhere, any time via web browser, mobile app, or telephone
  • 24/7 employee access to pay statements from virtually any mobile device
  • Fully integrated with other available ADP small business solutions
  • Collect contractor and consultant hours worked

Cost: Contact for a quote

7. APS Payroll Solution
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APS

APS seeks to help businesses and organizations work through payroll processes while reducing costs. The APS Payroll Solution makes it easy to deliver accurate and on-time pay to all employees, contractors, and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Fits organizations’ specific needs and scales with businesses
  • Customized incomes, deductions, departments, and more
  • Automatic error checking
  • Year-end processing, including W-2s and 1099s
  • Direct deposits and paycards

Cost: Contact for a quote

8. Intuit QuickBooks Payroll
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Intuit Quickbooks Payroll

QuickBooks Payroll solutions are popular among small businesses because they make payroll simple yet also include free support from live experts when you need it. Businesses looking for a tool to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants should choose either the Enhanced or Full Service version on QuickBooks Payroll.

Key Features:

  • Create unlimited paychecks instantly
  • Works with or without QuickBooks
  • Free support from live experts 

Cost:

  • Enhanced: Starting at $28/month + $2/employee/month – paychecks and payroll taxes, fills in tax forms automatically, files and pays taxes electronically, and more
  • Full Service: Starts at $7/month + $2/employee/month – businesses enter the hours and let the service do the rest, sets up and runs and files payroll, transfers data from previous providers, error-free accuracy guaranteed, and more 

9. Justworks
@JustworksHR

Justworks

Access enterprise-level benefits and services with Justworks, regardless of the number of employees you have. An integrated solution, Justworks makes it possible for businesses and organizations of any size to manage all aspects of HR from one online command center, including managing payment to multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Manage payroll, contractor, and vendor payments
  • Handle expense reimbursements
  • Use a single dashboard for all services
  • Live support from 9:30-6:00 Eastern time
  • Administrators can download financial history and employees can download payroll history
  • Pay contractors for free and Justworks sends them a 1099
  • Automated direct deposit

Cost: Contact for a quote

10. UltiPro
@UltimateHCM

UltiPro

UltiPro is a comprehensive, flexible payroll engine that does everything from complex wage calculations to configuring payroll models by bundling a series of payroll steps into one. Manage payment to multiple contractors and consultants with efficiency and accuracy with UltiPro.

Key Features:

  • Issue off-cycle checks or void payments instantly
  • Generate direct deposit files and paychecks
  • Pieceworker and makeup pay
  • Payroll Gateway – one-click access to all of your payroll data

Cost: Contact for a quote

11. ProPayroll
@ProPayroll

ProPayroll

ProPayroll “puts the power and control of our sophisticated cloud-based HR tools in your hands.” Because ProPayroll builds relationships with their customers, they offer customized experiences to support their businesses and solve their payroll and payment problems, making it even simpler to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Payroll services include 24/7 unlimited access to your account with online payroll and online reporting
  • Paperless payroll
  • Paying options include paperless payroll, print your own checks, live checks delivered overnight, direct deposit, and more
  • Reports include payroll check register, cash analysis, certified payroll report, and more
  • Additional optional plans, such as employee self-service, QuickBooks Interface, and online timesheets available

Cost: Contact for a quote

12. Patriot Software
@PatriotSoftware

Patriot Software

PatriotSoftware offers its simple, accurate, and affordable online solutions for online accounting and online payroll to American small businesses. Handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants online with Patriot’s Online Accounting.

Key Features:

  • Unlimited payments to vendors
  • Create and print 1099s
  • Vendor and 1099 reports

Cost:

  • 1099 Software: $7.50/month – free setup and support, unlimited payments, create and print unlimited 1099 and 1096s, vendor and 1099 reports
  • Accounting Software: $12.50/month (cash-basis) – all 1099 software plan features, plus track your expenses, income, and money, create invoices, record payments, track unpaid invoices, and more 

13. PeopleSoft Global Payroll
@Oracle

PeopleSoft Global Payroll

Oracle’s PeopleSoft Global Payroll is a payment solution that helps businesses control all aspects of their worldwide payroll. “A rules-based payroll management system that improves accuracy, timeliness, and financial controls,” PeopleSoft Global Payroll makes it possible to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants, globally.

Key Features:

  • Includes many of the features common to North American payroll, including retroactivity processing, off-cycle payroll runs, and bank-related information
  • Integrate with standard chart fields to facilitate payroll expense reporting
  • Consolidate payroll operations for multiple countries with one database 

Cost: Contact for a quote

14. ezPaycheck Payroll Software
@halfpricesoft

ezPaycheck Payroll Software

Designed for small to mid-sized businesses, ezPaycheck Payroll Software is a simple and affordable payroll and tax solution. ezPaycheck Payroll Software allows users to pay multiple contractors and consultants, even without an internet connection.

Key Features:

  • Print paychecks
  • Print tax forms
  • Free support
  • User-friendly interface and Windows menus
  • Supports salary, hourly rate, commission, pay-by-piece, and more
  • Flexible tax options for W-2 and 1099 employees

Cost: FREE trial for 30 days available

  • $89/calendar year

15. WavePayroll
@WaveHQ

Wave

Wave provides payroll solutions that are accurate and affordable for small businesses. With its mobile iOS app, WavePayroll makes handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants quick and easy.

Key Features:

  • Direct deposit and check printing included
  • Fast online setup and free online support and payroll reminders
  • Weekly, monthly, bi-weekly, or semi-monthly payroll for all types of employees
  • Run multiple businesses at once

Cost: Base fee $5/month + $4/employee/month for first 10 employees, plus $1/employee/month for 11+ employees

16. eSmart Paycheck

eSmart Paycheck

eSmart Paycheck’s online payroll management helps companies manage their payroll online 24/7 at their convenience. eSmart Paycheck’s flexible options help businesses handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Prepare and print paychecks and/or paystubs
  • Export paycheck details
  • View and edit paychecks and payroll summary
  • Manage multiple companies in one account

Cost: Paycheck calculations, check printing, and payroll management are free for 3 months for a new account: Annual subscription fee applies to number of employees in the company (an employee is any person that has been paid, even just once, in a calendar year)

  • Annual Subscription for 1-5 employees: $50
  • Annual Subscription for 6-10 employees: $100
  • Annual Subscription for 11-15 employees: $150
  • Annual Subscription for 16-20 employees: $200
  • Annual Subscription for 21-30 employees: $250
  • Annual Subscription for 31-40 employees: $300

17. Bill.com
@billcom

Bill.com

Bill.com strives to help businesses reduce the amount of time spent on bill approvals and payments by 50% or more. For companies handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants, that is a very good idea.

Key Features:

  • Scan, fax, or email bills to Bill.com and its automated system takes over
  • View and approve bills online
  • com prints and mails checks or pays electronically
  • Works with QuickBooks, QuickBooks Onlie, Xero, NetSuite, Intacct, and others

Cost: FREE trial for 30 days available

  • Essentials: $19/user/month – manage payables or receivables
  • Team: $29/user/month – payables or receivables plus accounting software integration
  • Corporate: $49/user/month – manage both payables and receivables plus robust workflow options
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – custom pricing and additional integration features

18. TaxSlayer Books
@TaxSlayer

TaxSlayer Books

TaxSlayer Books is an online payroll and bookkeeping software solution that is intended for small businesses. An all-in-one solution, TaxSlayer Books aims to be simple and affordable while covering all of your company’s payroll and bookkeeping needs.

Key Features:

  • Simple payroll
  • Free support
  • Create unlimited paychecks
  • Automatically create and file W2s, 1099s, and more
  • Around-the-clock access to payroll
  • Includes online bookkeeping software

Cost: FREE trial for 30 days available

  • TaxSlayer Books Online: $6.95/month – print vendor checks, create and pay bills from vendors, prepare and print 1099s, and more
  • TaxSlayer Books Online with Payroll: $19.95/month – all TaxSlayer Books Online plan features, plus create and print paychecks for employees, direct deposit, e-file W2s and 1099s, and more
  • TaxSlayer Books Online Unlimited: $59.95/month – all TaxSlayer Books Online with Payroll plan features, plus unlimited number of companies

19. Payroll Mate
@W21099

Payroll Mate

Payroll Mate is payroll software for businesses and accountants that is diverse enough to fit the needs of accountants, small to medium size businesses, and others. With several automated features and a long list of updates, Payroll Mate is a smart tool for handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Exports payroll data to QuickBooks and Sage 50
  • Supports various pay periods
  • Includes comprehensive payroll reports and exports payroll reports to Excel, CSV, and Adobe PDF
  • Vendor and 1099 Center – requires Payroll Mate Option #6 for an additional fee

Cost: Contact for a quote, including Vendor and 1099 Center

20. 1099-Etc
@TaxCalcUSA

1099-Etc

An important part of handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants is preparing 1099s. 1099-Etc, a Windows software package, allows users to prepare several tax forms, including 1099s, and to add the Payroll module to prepare full payroll.

Key Features:

  • 1099 and W-2 forms filer
  • Easy data entry
  • Easy payer setup
  • Printing options
  • After-the-fact and live payroll

Cost: Every 1099-Etc package includes a FREE multi-user network license

  • 1099 & W-2 Forms Filer Base Program: $75 + $5.95 S&H
  • Laser Generation module: $72 + FREE S&H
  • Payroll module: $122 + FREE S&H
  • E-Filer module: $102 + FREE S&H
  • Forms Filer Plus module: $42 + FREE S&H

21. LivePayroll
@CFSTax

LivePayroll

From CFS Tax Software, Inc., LivePayroll is a payroll and tax return software system. Comprise of four fully integrated systems, LivePayroll allows users to mix and match programs or purchase them as a suite to meet their payroll needs, including handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Payroll System Suite includes LivePayroll, 941/940, W2/1099, and Payroll Corrector
  • Print returns and paychecks quickly
  • Intuitive and easy to use interface
  • Print paychecks on blank check stock, preprinted checks, or as pay stubs
  • Produce payroll for an unlimited number of employers with an unlimited number of employees
  • Direct deposit (for additional fee)

Cost:

  • LivePayroll (incl. 941/940): $299
  • LivePayroll (incl. 941.940) Renewal: $289
  • LivePayroll plus Network Upgrade: $449
  • LivePayroll Renewal plus Network Upgrade: $439
  • Live Payroll Upgrade for 941/940 User: $160
  • Payroll System Network Upgrade Only (add to cost of single user program): $150 

22. PenSoft Payroll
@PenSoftPayroll

PenSoft Payroll

PenSoft payroll solutions are intended for small to mid-sized businesses and payroll service providers. PenSoft Payroll is full of features but easy for anyone to use, and Enterprise and higher editions handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Startup to backup takes only six easy steps
  • Comprehensive reports
  • Computes multiple incomes
  • Prints laser checks
  • Exports payroll data
  • Supports 1099 forms and electronic 1099s

Cost:

  • Enterprise: Priced from $809 – supports 1-500 employees, supports 1099 forms and electronic 1099s, and more
  • Platinum: Priced from $1329 – supports 501+ employees, all Enterprise plan features, plus login/user permissions, multiple shift differentials, certified payroll, and consolidated reporting
  • Accounting: Priced from $1859 – supports 501+ employees, all Platinum plan features, plus archived company list, company labels, common global settings, and invoicing

23. ClearPayroll

ClearPayroll

ClearPath’s ClearPayroll is a unique payroll service, in that it lists ClearPath as the Employer Record of Service for your pre-identified contingent workers as their own W2 employees. ClearPath handles the payroll and provides payroll funding, flexible payroll cycles, and direct deposit, taking t

Key Features:

  • Online self-service tracking and reporting tools for immediate visibility
  • Offers optional employee benefits, such as a 401(k) plan, vision and dental insurance, and a flexible spending account
  • Every client and their corresponding contract workers are assigned a dedicated Client Services Manager

Cost: Contact for a quote

24. Skrill Payouts
@skrill

Skrill

Skrill Payouts allows companies to pay anyone worldwide quickly and easily at low cost and with a choice of currencies. Skrill makes handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants easy, by allowing users to pay anyone with an email address.

Key Features:

  • Send money to as many people as you want
  • Simple, secure payments
  • Easy mass payments with a few clicks
  • Payments arrive instantly
  • Secure payment processing through the Skrill payment gateway
  • Make automated mass payouts via the Automated Payment Interface (API)

Cost: Contact for a quote 

25. Payza
@Payzaofficial

Payza

A global online payment platform, Payza provides e-commerce processing, e-wallet services, and corporate disbursements. Payza for Business includes a long list of features that provide options for businesses and organizations that need to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Secure online payments
  • Send money by email quickly, easily, and for free
  • Send funds to multiple groups for free with just one click
  • Supports over 21 currencies

Cost: No activation costs and no yearly fees; FREE sign up for an account

  • Send funds for free
  • Add funds by credit card at 3.5%
  • Add funds less than $200 by bank transfer: $2/transaction
  • Add funds between $200 and $5,000 by bank transfer: FREE 

26. Perform
@PaycorInc

Perform

Paycor’s cloud-based HR and payroll solutions help organizations save time paying employees and creating reports. Perform is Paycor’s intuitive payroll solution that makes it easier for organizations to quickly handle payment for multiple contactors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Intuitively easy to use
  • Streamlines workflow to manage payroll and employee data from one place
  • Edit employee information once and it changes everywhere
  • Access from home, work, or on the go
  • Online check stubs
  • Payment options include direct deposit, Paycor official checks, and paycards

Cost: Contact for a quote

27. Elance
@Elance

Elance

With Elance, businesses and organizations have the flexibility to make global payments with options for clients. Simplify the process of handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants with Elance.

Key Features:

  • Add multiple payment methods
  • Track freelancer payments
  • Pay when work is approved 

Cost: Contact for a quote

28. Concur
@Concur

Concur

“The leading provider of spend management solutions and services in the world,” Concur helps companies of any size automate accounts payable and streamline payment processes. With Concur, handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants is simple and fast.

Key Features:

  • Integrates with any ERP or accounting system
  • Customizable workflow
  • Automated vendor payments, including ACH, checks, and credit card

Cost: Contact for a quote

29. Tipalti
@tipalti

Tipalti

An automated global mass payment system, Tipalti wants to make the mass payment process a little less painful for businesses and organizations. Pay multiple contractors and consultants with less hassle using Tipalti.

Key Features:

  • Pay globally in any currency
  • Provide a wide range of payment methods
  • Automated payment processing and reconciliation
  • Cut payment transaction costs by 25% or more

Cost: Contact for a quote

30. Ceridian
@Ceridian

Ceridian

Ceridian is globally known for providing trusted human resource solutions and delivering results. Their payroll processing solutions live up to their hype, and they make it more manageable for organizations to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Increase accuracy by eliminating manual data entry and redundant processes
  • View payroll in real time
  • Electronic payments such as direct deposit and payroll cards, as well as paper payroll checks

Cost: Contact for a quote 

31. VerifyValid
@VerifyValid

VerifyValid

With VerifyValid, small businesses send checks through email. Save time and money with VerifyValid, and make it easier to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Secure payment platform to send out payments online – eliminate paper checks
  • Send multiple checks with just a few clicks
  • Create permission levels
  • Payees do not incur any fees

Cost:

  • Basic Plan: $35 – Lockbox, deposit, send multiple checks, 50 checks included, additional checks $0.50/check
  • Premium Plan: $250 – all Basic Plan features, plus upload check batch, separation of controls, remittance, QuickBooks plug-in, 500 checks included, additional checks $0.50/check

32. Braintree
@braintree

Braintree

Braintree is “a payments company that provides elegant tools for developers and white-glove support.” Handle payments to multiple providers, contractors, and consultants with Braintree.

Key Features:

  • Pay immediately or hold funds until fulfillment is complete
  • Providers receive funds in two days via ACH or next day via Venmo
  • Braintree manages 1099 tax forms
  • No extra fees

Cost: FREE for Braintree merchants – Contact for more information

33. ePayService
@epayservice_en

ePayService

A payroll and affiliate payment solution for employees, webmasters, publishers, partners, and vendors, ePayService is easy to use and delivers payments to contractors securely. Handle payments for multiple contractors and consultants using ePayService’s online payroll solutions.

Key Features:

  • Transfers to bank accounts of companies and third parties
  • Instant payments to employees and contractor around the world
  • High-quality professional online support
  • Your ePayService Card for corporate payroll use only

Cost: Contact for a quote

34. Hubstaff
@Hubstaff

Hubstaff

Time tracking software that takes screenshots activity levels and more, Hubstaff is a solution for remote teams that also features employee payments. With Hubstaff, handle payments to multiple contractors and consultants quickly and easily.

Key Features:

  • Track time easily while Hubstaff runs as an application on the desktop and then invoice clients, pay employees, and see in-depth reports
  • Easily pay your employees and set pay rates
  • Pay employees with one click from Paypal

Cost: FREE trial for 14 days and get 2 FREE months with all annual plans

  • Solo Lite: FREE – 1 user, time tracking, limited screenshot storage, employee payments, and more
  • Solo: $5/month – 1 user, all Solo Lite plan features, plus screenshots and per user settings
  • Team of 3: $15/month – 3 users, plus all Solo plan features
  • Team of 5: $25/month – 5 users, plus all Team of 3 plan features
  • Team of 10: $49/month – 10 users, plus all Team of 5 plan features
  • Larger teams: Starts at $99/month and up – Contact for more information

35. Batchex
@BatchexCom

Batchex

A payment distribution service, Batchex is a simple and secure online solution for “cost-effective outgoing payments – either electronically via PayPal or with check printing and mailing.” With Batchex, submit payout data, send payments, and make handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants fast and simple.

Key Features:

  • Upload a spreadsheet file, connect to Batchex API, or enter payment information through the website
  • Print and mail checks or send payments using PayPal
  • Keep track of printing, processing, or sending payments
  • Reconciles all payment types
  • No setup fees, monthly fees, or minimums
  • Payments and checks sent within one business day
  • Print and mail from 10 to 10,000 checks per day

Cost:

  • Check payouts sent to the U.S. are $0.99/check sent
  • PayPal Mass Payment fees are $0.49/payment
  • Contact for ACH and pre-paid debit card payout information and pricing

36. Popmoney
@popmoney

popmoney

Eliminate checks and cash with Popmoney payment service. Sending money, even to multiple contractors and consultants, is as easy as emailing and texting, with Popmoney.

Key Features:

  • Send money online or through your mobile device
  • Send money securely from your bank account to anyone with an email or mobile number
  • Money moves directly from bank account to bank account

Cost:

  • Pay from debit card: $0.95/transaction, limit $500/day, limit $1,000/30 days
  • Pay from bank account: $0.95/transaction, limit $2,000/day, limit $5,000/30 days

37. Propay
@ProPay

Propay

With ProPay, companies get “simple, secure and affordable payment processing solutions anytime, anywhere business happens.” ProPay streamlines and simplifies the process of handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Eliminate the need for checks
  • Pay contractors quickly and inexpensively
  • Contractors access their funds via the branded Prepaid MasterCard card

Cost: Contact for a quote

38. Payoneer
@Payoneer

Payoneer

Payoneer makes global commerce more manageable with its cross-border payments platform. With Payoneer, send payouts to more than 200 countries in over 90 currencies to make handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants easy.

Key Features:

  • Multiple payout solutions include prepaid MasterCard cards, global bank transfers, local eWallets, and international checks
  • Regulated entity in the US and EU, licensed to remit funds globally
  • Online account access and reporting tools
  • Quick and easy integration
  • 24/7 customer support

Cost: FREE for companies sending payments through the Payoneer Mass Payout Account

  • Single transfer: $3 – deducted from the beneficiary, or companies may bear the transfer cost

39. D+H Financial Technologies
@DHUSACorp

D+H Financial Technologies

D+H Financial Technologies offer payment solutions on a person-to-person and account-to-account basis. Lower costs by eliminating paper check transactions and handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants with D+H.

Key Features:

  • Send a payment any time, using the recipient’s email address or mobile phone number
  • Link internal and external accounts
  • Integrated delivery channels so users have access to service online, mobile web, or mobile app
  • Detailed transaction tracking and scheduling

Cost: Contact for a quote

40. Regal Software
@RegalSoftware

Regal

RegalPay, an accounts payable automation software adapter, runs on your desktop and takes payment transactions from your accounting/ERP system and transmits them to your bank. Handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants with RegalPay’s automatic transfers.

Key Features:

  • Performs a daily download of settlement files and compares information to your system to display a daily cash position
  • Enter vendor invoices into existing accounts payable and let RegalPay automatically transfer payment
  • Electronic payments
  • Quickly and easily review payment information

Cost: Contact for a quote 

41. Accura Software

Accura

With Accura Software, businesses and organizations get a robust solution to making payments to vendors and contractors. With features such as vendor activity tracking, check signature printing, and unlimited account distribution setup per vendor, Acccura Software makes handling payment for multiple contractors and consultants manageable.

Key Features:

  • Vendor Payment Window allows selection criteria for payment processes
  • Pay manually or automatically using date ranges
  • Adjust payment amounts quickly and easily
  • Print checks on blank check stock
  • Print signature image directly on checks 

Cost: Contact for a quote

42. OKPAY
@okpaycom

OKPAY

OKPAY offers a payment solution for payout projects that streamlines the payroll process and improves payroll management for businesses of all sizes. Handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants conveniently with OKPAY.

Key Features:

  • Pay employees via an automated process
  • Easily send mass payments globally to affiliates, vendors, freelancers, and more
  • Load your account with bank wires, money transfers, and virtually all e-currencies
  • Flexible payouts, sent in any currency to users around the world
  • Reduce paperwork – all payments are stored in OKPAY history for future reference

Cost: Contact for a quote

43. OptRight Payroll Solutions
@WellsFargo

OptRight Payroll

Wells Fargo provides OptRight Payroll Solutions to help businesses spend less time managing payroll. With OpRight, businesses get the convenience, flexibility, and features that combine payroll and banking to quickly manage payment for multiple contractors and consultants.

Key Features:

  • Full-service payroll and payroll tax solution
  • Accessible through Wells Fargo Business Online
  • Direct deposit or cashier’s checks
  • Choose how to input payroll details – online, phone, fax, or email
  • Provides W2s and 1099s

Cost: Contact for a quote

44. Currency Cloud
@currency_cloud

Currency Cloud

Currency Cloud seeks to create “a world where moving money is easy.” Handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants with Currency Cloud’s easily embedded payment engine.

Key Features:

  • Fully automate the payment lifecycle
  • Simple, transparent, and fast transactions
  • Technology-based service simplifies international payments
  • Two levels of service: regular and priority
  • Convert currencies

Cost: 0.25% plus payment fee

  • Regular payment fee: $1.50 – payments take 1-3 days and cover 31 countries
  • Priority payment fee: $9.00 – payments normally arrive the same day and cover 212 countries 

45. NatPay
@NATPAY

NatPay

NatPay is known for its world class ACH services to payroll professionals across the U.S. NatPay’s Direct Deposit Plus service utilizes the latest online technology, making it possible to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants from any computer any time.

Key Features:

  • Immediate direct deposit solutions
  • No hardware or software
  • Electronic pay stubs and employee payroll pay cards

Cost: Contact for a quote

46. 1099FIRE

1099FIRE

Sometimes, the most difficult part of handling payment to multiple contractors and consultants is year-end compliance. 1099FIRE solely focuses on the information reporting industry and makes it simple for businesses of any size to manage and comply with year-end filing requirements.

Key Features:

  • More than 12 1099 software modules available
  • Straightforward, easy to install, and easy to use software
  • Import, print, and/or electronically file 1099 information returns directly to the IRS
  • Functions on any Windows operating system
  • Call or email support any time

Cost: Contact for a quote 

47. CenterPoint Payroll
@redwingsoftware

CenterPoint Payroll

CentroPoint Payroll, from Red Wing Software, reduces the time and money spent on payroll processing. Handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants with CenterPoint Payroll and streamline your payroll processes.

Key Features:

  • Flexible time entry and processing
  • Easy tracking and entry of pay to multiple variables
  • Direct deposit
  • Electronic tax filing
  • Manage payroll for an unlimited number of companies

Cost: Contact for a quote

48. MineralTree
@MineralTree

MineralTree

Built for NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics GP/NAV, Intacct, QuickBooks, and more, MineralTree is an end-to-end accounts payable and payment automation solution. Businesses choose MineralTree to handle payment for multiple contractors and consultants more efficiently and easily.

Key Features:

  • Eliminate manual payment processes
  • Automate online bill pay and sync your bank account with your accounting software
  • See bank and GL cash on all accounts
  • Approve, reject, and hold payments from anywhere
  • Make guaranteed secure payments

Cost: Contact for a quote

49. Anybill
@AnybillOnDemand

Anybill

With end-to-end accounts payable automation, Anybill adapts to businesses’ accounts payable needs. Make payments to multiple contractors and consultants according to your schedule and with your payment choice using Anybill.

Key Features:

  • View, upload, approve, and pay bills directly from your iPhone
  • Cloud-based, SaaS model for secure, web-based, 24/7 access
  • Review, assign, adjust, code, and approve invoices

Cost: Contact for a quote 

50. AvidXchange
@AvidAutomates

AvidXchange

AvidXchange offers a complete automation solution for payments with specialized services to help companies save time and money. Make payment to multiple contractors and consultants in a snap with AvidXchange.

Key Features:

  • 100% elimination of paper invoices and checks
  • Integrates with more than 40 accounting systems
  • Electronic invoice capture
  • Invoice approval workflow
  • Invoice and bill payment reporting

Cost: Contact for a quote

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“Although enterprises have had architectures since the dawn of time, the study and discipline of Enterprise Architecture is relatively young. So what is an Enterprise Architecture? What are the Enterprise Architect’s duties? Where should the EA be positioned in the enterprise? This Webinar will address those questions and will take a look at the implications of the answers.

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Stephen F. Heffner has been an enterprise/systems architect since 1964, an international consultant since 1972, a software entrepreneur since 1977, a Wharton professor from 1983 to 1994, and an Expert Witness. He is the creator of XTRAN, an expert system / meta-tool for automating the assessment, transformation, and translation of computer languages, data, and text.

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21 Management Experts Share the Biggest Mistake Companies Make When Managing Multiple Contractors and Consultants http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/27/manage-contractors-21-experts-reveal-biggest-mistakes-companies-make-when-managing-multiple-contractors-and-consultants/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/27/manage-contractors-21-experts-reveal-biggest-mistakes-companies-make-when-managing-multiple-contractors-and-consultants/#respond Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:11:42 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23149 For growing companies, sometimes one of the best business decisions it can make is to leverage the help of experienced independent contractors and consultants. The top benefits of working with... Read More

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For growing companies, sometimes one of the best business decisions it can make is to leverage the help of experienced independent contractors and consultants. The top benefits of working with contractors is saved time, which would otherwise be spent screening and training new full-time hires, and increased control over business costs and project growth, since contractors and consultants are more apt to stick to a very strictly defined project scope.

But that doesn’t mean managing contractors and consultants is an easy decision, nor something that should be taken lightly. This is especially true when a company tries to manage multiple contractors and consultants at once.

Since we at Zintro work directly with many contractors and consultants, as well as with businesses who utilize their services, we wanted to learn more about how to manage multiple contractors, More specifically, we wanted to learn real tips from management experts on the most common (and avoidable) mistakes companies tend to make when having multiple contractors or consultants employed with their business. To do that, we asked 21 management experts the following question:

“What’s the biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants?”

We’ve collected and compiled their expert advice into this comprehensive guide to better management of contractors and consultants. See what our experts said below:

Meet Our Panel of Management Experts:


Jay LashJay Lash

Jay Lash serves as Vice President of Corporate Development for MBO Partners, the largest provider supporting the $250 billion-and-growing independent contracting and consulting sector in America. Jay joined the company in 2010 and is responsible for the company’s market positioning within the procurement and HR communities.

One of the most common mistakes companies make when hiring independent contractors is…

Having inconsistent processes.

Too many times companies allow managers and executive leadership to “wing it” when bringing in consultants. Taking the time at the front-end to initiate a thoughtful process that covers the bases will pay off in the long run. Organizations should aim to provide a consistently good experience for the talent, while also protecting the company from potential liabilities. A consistent process would include contracts, payment plans, statement of work and on-off boarding. Think of it as important as bringing on a new employee. You wouldn’t treat each new employee as a one-off. Develop a process that works for all stakeholders.


Dr. Joanie B. ConnellDr. Joanie B. Connell

Dr. Joanie B. Connell is the Founder of Flexible Work Solutions, a nationally recognized consulting firm that specializes in leadership assessment, development, and retention for all professional levels. She also serves as a university professor teaching business and psychology students of all ages at a host of top tier high education institutions across the country. Her book, “Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life”, is in early release now.

When it comes to the biggest mistakes companies make when managing multiple contractors, what it all comes down to is…

Failing to integrate consultants.

When consultants are treated as outsiders or as competition to insiders or as competition to each other, it’s a lose-lose situation.  Integrating consultants into the company culture and values and treating them as partners, instead of competitors, is the way to increase performance all around.  It’s also the way to lay the groundwork for long-term productive partnerships.


Jeff HarmonJeff Harmon

Jeff Harmon is the president of Brilliance Within Coaching & Consulting which specializes in developing principled, character driven business leaders while helping them translate their strategies into focused, actionable plans that ultimately drive business results. Jeff is the author of “The Anatomy of a Principled Leader: A Field Guide to Being the Type of Leader Everyone Dreams of Working for.” Jeff has been developing leaders for nearly 20 years and has led the execution of over 100,000 hours of business strategy for information technology, financial services and non-profit organizations.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Treating them as nameless, faceless “assets” or “hired help” and simply expect them to perform based purely on the agreement.

To do this is to ignore the opportunity to get more than you’re contracted to get. The agreement gets you a certain number of hours and specific deliverables, but full engagement, passion, commitment and extra effort or value are things must be volunteered. To get to this requires an investment in the relationship with the contractor and consultant and the building of influence for yourself as THEIR leader. This type of influence is always built on serving them.


Ron FormanekRon Formanek

Ron Formanek is the CEO of Telecom Solutions Inc., a technology company based in Colorado Springs that provides quality telecommunications, data and various other technology products.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Being sure they are carrying the proper types and amounts of insurance, if they have any at all.

If not you could end up being liable for it when your own insurance companies audit you at the end of the year… I would request copies of all insurance certificates to include but not necessarily limited to: workmen’s comp, liability and auto.


George AthanGeorge Athan

George Athan is Chief Strategist at MindStorm Strategic Consulting and a keynote speaker. George’s primary work is as a business strategy consultant helping companies, business owners, and executives aggressively grow their organizations through four key performance areas of Strategy, Innovation, Marketing, & Sales.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple consultants is…
Hiring multiple consultants. It becomes a situation where there are too many advisers and the person who hired the consultants do not know who to listen to when there is a difference of opinion. What tends to happen is the company tries to compromise by taking a little advice from each. This rarely works because each piece of advice comes with a long term strategy behind it. Without following through the consultants full strategy, that one individual input is usually useless. Here at MindStorm, we will not work with a client unless we are the sole consultant on that project. As they say, too many chefs spoil the broth!
For the situations where there is no conflict, such as an IT Consultant and a Marketing Consultant, then the biggest mistake is to not get everyone together early. Each unit has to operate as one and every action has to be in line with the companies ultimate goal. By getting all the heads together early, the company can save themselves a lot of headaches!


Ian JacksonIan Jackson

Ian Jackson is Managing Partner with Enshored. Enshored specializes in optimizing business operations for mid-market companies by leveraging consulting and outsourcing capabilities previously reserved for the largest corporations, and generally finding 60-80% reductions in staff costs.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…
 

Not creating clear accountability for each party will lead to a frustrating situation for all parties.

Everyone must be clear on what their role is and where their responsibilities start and end. You must also not expect more than what you are paying them for – they most likely will not behave like employees.

I also believe that you need extra regular communication both one on one and with groups of contractors working in the same area to align everyone and deal with the knowledge gaps that come with working with outsiders.
I’ve witnessed many times a post-mortem situation where it is impossible to blame anyone but the hiring party for any failures due to a lack of clear goals, metrics for measuring them and rewards for exceeding targets.


Tom WheelwrightTom Wheelwright

Tom Wheelwright, CPA and CEO of ProVision, is a leading tax and wealth expert, published author (Tax-Free Wealth) on partnerships and corporation tax strategies, and a Rich Dad Advisor/Speaker for Robert Kiyosaki, who wrote Rich Dad Poor Dad. Tom is best known for making taxes “fun, easy and understandable,” and specializes in helping entrepreneurs and investors build wealth through practical and strategic ways that permanently reduce taxes. He has been on the Real Estate Guys Radio Show, Money Radio 1510 Business for Breakfast, written for CEO Blog Nation, and frequently speaks at Rich Dad conferences worldwide. Learn more about Tom’s work at taxfreewealthadvisor.com.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…
 

Having the consultants report to multiple people.Ideally, all of the consultants would report to a single individual, either within the company or a lead consultant. The water gets very muddy when you have lots of chiefs and no direction.


Deborah Schroeder-SaulnierDeborah Schroeder-Saulnier

Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, D.Mgt. is the Founder and CEO of Excel Leadership Solutions, a global management consulting firm that works collaboratively with business leaders, and a highly sought advisor to senior executives. Leveraging her 25-year career in senior leadership roles, and consulting to business/industry, she partners closely with executives to solve problems, clarify focus, and accelerate the pursuit of critical market, organization, and leadership priorities. She has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies worldwide, including Boeing, Citigroup, Bunge LTD., Scottrade, Danfoss, IPC-The Hospitalist Company, RGA – Reinsurance Group of America, Scottrade, and World Wide Technology.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

“Not” managing them.

Very quickly you can get into schedule delays, missed deadlines, scope creep, cost over-runs, communication issues, role confusion, and much more. Setting the agenda and guiding the experts through a single point of contact, beginning with onboarding, reduces conflict and confusion on several fronts, thereby reducing cost and ensuring greater success in achievement of the respective goals.

The following highlight key components of effective management when working with a model that engages multiple contractors and consultants:

  • Clarifying the “End” Game: Engaging the contractors and consultants in conversations to understand the end game and outline their contribution to the organization can reduce time and lower costs in the long-run.
  • Making Introductions to Key Stakeholders & Each Other: Taking time to make introductions to key executives and partners with whom they will be working accelerates movement in the desired direction.
  • Setting Expectations: Ensuring expectations are set, and re-set as necessary, not only for the outcomes but also interactions and performance protocols clarifies your expectations and sets everyone up for success.
  • Establishing “Progress Update” Meetings: Staying on top of progress and resolving issues in a timely way will ensure unnecessary time is not added to project work.
  • Pro-actively Addressing Concerns: People often switch jobs and companies. Having a process in place to notify and address concerns, such as these, before they occur will keep things streamlined.
  • Mitigating Risk with “No Surprises:” Filling all appropriate partners and leadership in on a decision or issue guarantees smooth problem solving and conflict management. No one appreciates surprises or volatile conditions.


James BerryJim Berry

Jim Berry is the Managing Member of RRB Development, LLC, a second-generation commercial real estate and development firm, and has been on the corporate (or client) side of hiring and managing multiple contractors and consultants for 14 years. He is currently a consultant hired by companies to manage multiple contractors and consultants on their behalf, and has seen firsthand the management of contractor and consultant successes and failures across a broad spectrum of professions and overseas cultures.

The biggest mistakes companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants are…

  • Not clearly defining the goal(s) and expected timeline of the work and its various deliverables. Communicating goals and deadlines goes beyond defining a scope of work on a contract or agreement; to be effective companies should take the extra time to clearly explain ‘why’ they need the work performed. If a consultant or contractor truly understands the ‘why’ of what the client is hiring them to do and ‘why’ they need items by a certain time, it is much easier for them to determine what tasks are on the critical path and what items lack the importance of obtaining an on time goal for their client.
  • Not defining a clear and consistent method of communicating and updating each other over the life of the project. A simple weekly, biweekly or monthly regimen of providing a client with an update should be a requirement of all good consultant and contractor scopes. I have three simple rules on project reports: 1) keep the format simple; you have not hired these professionals to write you weekly updates, you have hired them to help you obtain the company’s goals. 2) Do it with consistency; it doesn’t matter how often just make sure it is the same time every time 3) Read the reports.
  • Not treating them like company assets. A good reliable consultant or contractor can at times be very difficult to find and you never know when you may need to hire them again (or hire the competition and find the same project manager at the new company). Just like employees like to work for great bosses and generally excel under their leadership, consultants and contractors like to work for great clients and love meeting a client’s goal or beating their deadline.
  • Not letting them do what you have hired them to do. Too often I have seen excellent consultants silenced by business owners and or managers eager to exert their knowledge or power on a topic. What makes a great leader is not knowing everything about all things, but making the right decisions with the information you have been provided. If you’ve hired a consultant to provide you with their expert opinion, analysis or recommendation then at least hear them out when they are discussing options, findings or recommendations.


Ramon KhanRamon Khan

Ramon Khan is the Marketing Manager of National Air Warehouse, an online leader in the HVAC industry. He currently manages up to eight regular vendors in his current role, and has experience with many contractors employed by the company as well.

The first mistake that I see businesses do when managing multiple contractors is…

To think that contractors or consultants will solve all of their problems.

This type of mentality can lead businesses to be at the mercy of their consultants for success, which is not a good situation for any business. It also puts businesses in a constant cycle of hiring and firing vendor after vendor. This is natural because no vendor can meet unrealistic goals or satisfy a client who does not set proper goals and expectations.

Make sure that your business is hiring the correct agencies for the right purpose. Start by truly identifying the issues that you need to solve. Doing so will allow for you to ask the correct questions and properly quality any prospective agency before moving on to the hiring and on boarding process. By taking the time to get a detailed picture of what issues you are trying to solve, you will have a much easier time managing the projects. Some of the most common mistakes I see businesses do when dealing with this with multiple vendors are:

  • Hiring an unnecessary number of vendors due to lack of understand of the core issues that need to be solved.
  • Not providing detailed project task and goals which delays project finish times.
  • Not setting or tracking milestone timelines for project completion dates.
  • Not properly setting up weekly routine to follow up times with vendors to track progress.

The biggest issue that I see is not periodically re-evaluating your vendor’s performance. Without this value step, it is very possible that performance can slowly deteriorate over time to the point where the relationship no longer servers both parties.

Keeping and detailed spreadsheet of your vendors along with the milestones that need to be reached will be very useful. This allows you to have a quick snapshot of where all your current projects stand. You can further break down your list with a detailed overview for each vendor to have a clearer idea of where each individual project stands.


Brandon HowardBrandon Howard

Brandon Howard is a web designer, developer, marketer, problem solver, and most importantly an entrepreneur, who founded All My Web Needs, a full service internet marketing and web design company in Nashville TN. He owns several online businesses providing a wide range of products and services in different industries both nationally and internationally. Brandon is always looking for new things to benefit the open source web community as well as striving to find unique ways to help small and start-up businesses grow their online presence.

The biggest mistake we’ve made as a company managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Stretching ourselves too thin.

When using contractors you have to keep in mind that they have the ability to turn down work. They typically seek out other providers to get them the work they need as well, so whether they’re already occupied by another project or they just went on vacation you can’t ensure their availability. We’ve run into this several times, which is why we now have several contractors of each type that we work with on a regular basis. That way if a graphic designer isn’t able to do a job we turn to the next one to see if they are available.


Hamilton PowelHamilton Powell

Hamilton Powell is the CEO of Crown & Caliber, LLC, a luxury watch consignment company based in Atlanta, GA, which he founded in early 2012. He is also the managing member of Powell Growth Capital, LLC, the funding source of Crown & Caliber.

The biggest mistake that companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Not making clear and measurable goals.

It is very important to set expectations and relay them to the appropriate parties. The goals and expectations must be realistic and communicated properly. Constant communication is important to ensure that everyone’s expectations and goals are aligning properly. To make sure that these goals are being achieved, it is helpful to set milestones and deadlines. This way, all involved parties can make sure that they are staying on track and are still working toward the correct goals.


David JohnsonDavid Johnson

David Johnson is the Founding Partner of ACM Partners, a boutique advisory firm advising small and mid-sized businesses. He is an expert in performance improvement, turnaround and restructuring, and has several articles and speaking engagements to his credit.

The single biggest mistake that face in managing teams of contractors and/or consultants is…

A lack of a defined company employee as project manager.

In order to realize the full value of teams of outside professionals, careful oversight by company management is essential.  Such oversight helps to ensure that project plans are on track, and that any changes in scope are well-communicated and approved before additional work starts.


Bob HothemBob Hothem

Bob Hothem is the Owner of The Alternative Board franchise in Miami Valley. The Alternative Board (TAB) is the world’s largest provider of executive peer advisory boards servicing over 3,000 business owners worldwide. As a large, global network, TAB is affiliated with an extensive range of business professionals.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Coordination of services.

The key is to get what you pay for but also be certain that there is minimal  overlap. A comprehensive statement of work followed by a scheduled review of progress against deliverables is the key.  Engagements can take on a life of their own which routinely results in cost overruns. Frequent comparisons to the statement of work will help guard against this black hole.


Megan LangleyMegan Langley

Megan Langley is the Director of Marketing at OutMarket, a provider of marketing automation software and services for marketing teams to drive quantifiable results.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Not doing their homework up front.

This mistake can be made at a couple of steps in the process. Before you even start looking for contractors or consultants, fully define the scope of their work. Will it only be project based, are there technical skills required, what are the expected timelines? Decide how you will determine if a consultant has the right skill sets by researching interview questions. The second mistake is often during the interviewing period. Be sure to look for companies and individuals that you trust; Have you worked with them before? Do they come highly recommended? You need to find an agency that matches your communication preferences: weekly meeting, only through email, etc. Managing consultants can be tricky, you need someone that you trust should something go wrong.

Once you’ve decided on contractors or consultants, it’s important to stay involved in the projects along the way. A consultant may have worked in your industry but they don’t know your business like you do, or may only complete the tasks that are requested but won’t think about the big picture. Stay involved in the process so corrections in the project can easily be made along the way. Also be sure to dedicate enough time to communicate expectations, deadlines and timelines to all consultants or contractors.


Toby FarrandToby Farrand

Toby Farrand is the Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Ooma Inc., a consumer telecommunications company based in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Farrand oversees all of Ooma’s technical development, manufacturing and engineering. He has spent over 20 years creating technologically advanced products, from personal computers and video game consoles, to satellite networking systems and home broadband media centers.

I think the key to managing multiple contractors and consultants is to…

Have a clear line of authority for who is responsible for the productivity of the consultants.

I think it is very easy for a consultant to report to no one and everyone, with no one taking direct ownership over whether the company is getting its money’s worth out of every consultant.  Often companies try to control consultant expenses by having them approved at a high level.  Sometimes this extends to having the invoices approved at a high level in the organization.  At Ooma, we do the opposite.  We have the lowest possible person in the organization who is responsible for the consultant sign and approve the invoice.  That person should be keenly aware of the expense and should be paranoid that the company is getting a good deal.


Andrew LouderAndrew Louder

Andrew Louder is a Senior Manager with Jabian Consulting in Dallas, TX. Specializing in vendor management strategies, Andrew has implemented these solutions across multiple industries for technology-driven businesses. Prior to his work at Jabian, Andrew was a strategy consultant with Ernst & Young and KPMG.

The biggest mistake companies make when it comes to managing their contractors or consultants is…

Not implementing a Vendor Management structure for holding them accountable for their performance.

Poorly performing contractors can be crippling to a company’s performance and financials. By implementing a structure that maintains oversight on them, a company can make quick performance adjustments as needed, keep an eye on their forecast vs. actual in spend, and leverage best practices for the procurement of future vendors.

A good Vendor Management structure ensures someone manages the agreed upon contract (Contract Management) and someone manages the vendor’s execution (Execution Management). In Contract Management, you make sure the vendor is meeting their contractual obligations such as milestones and performance metrics. In Execution Management, you make sure the vendor is performing the services they agreed to provide. If the vendor isn’t holding up their end of the deal, it’s time to adjust or terminate. Once this structure is in place, getting the most out of your vendors becomes less of an issue and more of an added benefit.


Ed HerreraEd Herrera

Ed Herrera, APR is the Chief Communications Officer for a business finance firm and Founder of Forage Public Relations.

The biggest mistake companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Not setting specific goals and a timeline for those goals.

While, if managed effectively, the practice of hiring contractors can save a firm thousands of dollars, it can also cost just as much, if not more when there is a breakdown in communication and expectations.  Executives and managers often believe that outlining the problem/opportunity is sufficient for a contractor to work his/her magic.  Yet, they are quite surprised when things do not pan out as envisioned.

It is the responsibility of the executive or manager to understand the problem/opportunity and set goals that are specific, measurable, and achievable. He/she must also set a timeline for these goals to be accomplished by the contractor.

Specific goals accompanied by a realistic timeline encourages accountability. Measurable goals help the manager determine the effectiveness of the contractor’s strategies and tactics.


Kevin JonesKevin Jones

Kevin Jones is Senior Information Security Architect with Thycotic, a security company based in Washington DC. He has over 8 years of experience developing security web applications and working with other development teams on web security. Kevin is also an ASP.NET MVP and ASPInsider, and actively contributes to the community around software security for web development.

One major mistake organizations can make when managing independent contractors is to…

Overlook security permissions on sensitive network assets.

Most contractors are honest, hardworking people who aren’t in the business of theft or espionage, but if they aren’t following your company-wide security policies, their mismanaged access can create risk. Often, contractors are not held to the same security standards as full-time employees. As a result, they can have unfettered access to segments of the enterprise network that they shouldn’t. Don’t forget that Edward Snowden was a government contractor when he helped himself to NSA data. Businesses need to limit privileged credentials assigned to contractors, only allowing them to access what they need to complete their work.

Once a contractor has completed his time at your business, his passwords must be changed immediately, so he no longer has access to those assets. Hackers consistently identify contractors as a prime target for cyberattacks. Further, securing the network perimeter no longer stops at corporate offices. Instead, businesses have to consider the homes and mobile devices of contractors who may work remotely or from the road.


Hussein YahfoufiHussein Yahfoufi

Hussein Yahfoufi is an Entrepreneur and the current VP of Technology & Corporate Services at OneRoof Energy, where he leads software products innovation, development, support and delivery for employees, affiliates, partners, and customers. His team develops the technology to streamline operational processes (reduce costs), support rapidly growing business (scalability) and redefine the solar industry (innovation). He is also the founder of DiamPrice and Appsplit. Learn more about Hussein and his work at his website, www.husseinyahfoufi.com.

I think the biggest mistake you can make when managing multiple contractors is…

Not setting the proper expectations with each contractor and figuring out how each contractor (or consultant) fits into your overall org strategy.

For each consultant on the team you need to make sure there are clear expectations and needs: a contract, what will they work on, how many hours. You need to be clear and understand what each contractor will contribute to your organization and make sure they and your team knows that well – get on the same page as early as possible. Also understand if they are filling in for a full time position or just doing a quick project for you. If you are filling positions that you need for the foreseeable future and you potentially expect to bring them on full time, make sure you have that conversation early to know if they are eligible to work full time, or if they are interested, so there are no surprises in the future when you try to convert them.


David WaringDavid Waring

David Waring is the Co-Founder of FitSmallBusiness.com, a site that provides in depth how to guides for small business owners.

The biggest mistake I have seen companies make when managing multiple contractors and consultants is…

Not defining upfront what a successful outcome looks like for the project they are working on.

Just as with employees contractors and consultants need to be managed and that means agreeing ahead of time what a successful outcome looks like, what tasks will be needed to reach that outcome, and then demanding accountability for the agreed upon plan.

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Flexibility Life StyleMany people left the corporate sector each year to become consultants due to the many financial benefits associated with self-employment. There are also several lifestyle advantages to consulting.

1. Balance: Attempting to find a balance between work and family is a common struggle for anyone working in the corporate world. When you work for yourself, you get to decide which projects to accept and which to pass on. Becoming a consultant can provide the freedom to continue earning a paycheck while carving out more family time. This can be a necessity for parents unable to find affordable childcare or caregivers responsible for their aging parents.

2. Freedom: Along the same lines, consultants have the flexibility and freedom to concentrate on projects that are fulfilling. For instance, consultants can define their code of ethics by choosing to work with companies and products that they feel strongly about. In addition, consultants have the freedom to schedule projects according to their own schedule. If a consultant wants to work several weeks in a row and then take a couple of weeks off, they can make it work.

3. Diversity: Consulting can also be intellectually stimulating, offering endless ways to explore new challenges and ideas. Consultants often participate in various community networking groups where they can build new professional relationships and discover potential opportunities.

Although there is always some risk to building your own business, the lifestyle advantages can be very tempting. When starting out, many people choose to consult on a part-time basis on the side so as not to lose the safety associated with a regular salary.

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Inquiry Roundup- Construction Engineering http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/23/inquiry-roundup-construction-engineering/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/23/inquiry-roundup-construction-engineering/#respond Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:27:21 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23322 Freelance Highway In UK We are looking Freelance Highway Consultant Required Region: United Kingdom We are looking for a qualified highway professional to complete freelance highways work related to the... Read More

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We are looking Freelance Highway Consultant Required

Region: United Kingdom

We are looking for a qualified highway professional to complete freelance highways work related to the planning & construction industry. Over the past few years, our planning consultancy has grown dramatically, we recently started to offer Highways & Transport services and are now looking for the right persons to join our team on a freelance basis. We provide the flexibility for you to work how, where and when you like but with the full administrative support normally provided by a traditional property consultancy.

Desired Skills & Experience:
Our projects require experience in both residential & commercial development for developers and individuals. Candidates are required to hold recognised qualifications and have at least three years proven experience in the development sector.
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Brewery Plant Construction

I work for a prominent expert network working in partnership with Zintro. We would like to connect with multiple experts on behalf of our client. Specifically, we are looking for the following: Experts with experience in the EPC space. But more specifically, with Brewery plant construction projects.

Please respond back with your current/ recent employment history, contact info, region and relevant experience for this engagement.
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Construction Management

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Senior analyst with a premier global provider of customized procurement intelligence services specializing in sourcing, supply chain visibility, financial risk analysis, and green procurement. Some of our customers are the largest in the world, including over 70 of the Fortune 500. We enable client decisions worth over US $25 B in procurement spend globally.

We’ve been engaged by our client, a leading pharmaceutical company to understand market dynamics & procurement best practices in the construction management (project control) services with regard to capital construction services .

We are currently seeking support from key, industry leading subject matter experts/consultants for fee-based primary interview & discussion for the following areas.
1. Best Contract Practices for Project Control Services – Pricing model,contract duration, KPIs.
2. Case Studies for Project Control Services – Competitors/Peer Approaches.
3. Billing Rates for Project Control Professionals like Control Engineer, Scheduler, Quantity Surveyor,etc (Globally).

I write this email to request your participation in this engagement. As a follow-up to this request, we would be happy to give you a call to take you the key research questions and clarify any queries that you might have.

We appreciate your interest & look forward to your response by 21st Jan, 2015. Thank you.
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Airport Hanger Construction

Do ICAO and FAA provide any guideline in how to design and build aircraft hangars? I have a project of designing a civil airline hangar. Just want to make sure I adhere to the international standard in doing this project….
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Social Media Strategies for Consultants: Facebook http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/21/social-media-strategies-consultants-facebook/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/21/social-media-strategies-consultants-facebook/#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:33:03 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23303 Social media is an important platform for consultants because it allows you to market and promote your services online while also engaging with an audience. However, before setting up your... Read More

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facebook-257829_640Social media is an important platform for consultants because it allows you to market and promote your services online while also engaging with an audience. However, before setting up your first profile, it is important to consider the benefits and challenges of becoming involved with each of the social networking sites. We will examine the value of several of the top sites, starting with the largest of them all–Facebook. With over 1.23 billion active users, a Facebook presence can be an essential factor in building a successful consulting business.

 

1. Develop a Facebook Page

According to the site’s terms of service, you need to create a Facebook Page in order to promote a business because Profiles are for individuals only. Include a link to your website in the “About” section, along with a 2-3 sentence description of your business. And remember, people need a way to find you. Make your Page publicly visible in the Privacy Settings.

2. Make it Relevant

The best way to promote your services is by providing quality content to your followers. Start a blog on your website and post a link to your Facebook Page when there is a new post. If you don’t have a lot of time to write, post links to relevant articles by experts in the field. And it only takes a few minutes to post a daily tip. No matter what content you post, always encourage followers to share it with others.

3. Promote, Promote, Promote

For your Page to be most effective, you need to do a little work. There are numerous ways to promote your page, including the following:

Build a community: Join groups and get in on the conversation. If you can’t find a group, start your own.

Advertise your services: Record client testimonials and post them on your Page. It doesn’t cost anything and will help spread the word about how great your services are.

Solicit feedback: Ask questions and always respond to feedback. If you receive a comment, reply right away.  You can even promote a contest that requires followers to post a comment.

Your Facebook Page should reflect your personality while appearing professional. A well-managed Facebook Page can attract potential clients and establish an expert reputation.

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How Do Consultants Know When to Hire Help? http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/19/consultants-know-hire-help/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/19/consultants-know-hire-help/#respond Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:02:24 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23296 When you first start to build a business as a consultant, it’s possible to handle all of the administrative tasks on your own. However, as your business grows and you... Read More

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virtual assistantWhen you first start to build a business as a consultant, it’s possible to handle all of the administrative tasks on your own. However, as your business grows and you become more successful, you will need help. Over the past several years, virtual assistants have become indispensable for consultants and small business owners by providing administrative or technical assistance remotely. So how do you know when you’re business has reached the point where it’s time to hire?

The easiest way to determine whether your business would benefit from a virtual assistant is by monitoring the amount of time you spend on administrative tasks. Then consider the cost of hiring an assistant versus the cost of spending your own time performing these tasks. If you continue to take care of administrative tasks on your own, will you cut into time you should be spending on client projects? Will you even have the energy to get income generating projects finished after taking care of everything else?

If you do need help, a virtual assistant is generally the most cost effective solution. There are several ways to find potential candidates.

  • Ask other consultants for a referral
  • Hire through a virtual assistant firm
  • Post your project on an online bidding site
  • Place an ad on Craigslist

Rates can vary widely so be prepared to do your research. Don’t look for the cheapest virtual assistant because unfortunately the adage is true–you often get what you pay for.  It’s more important to find someone with good references and a comprehensive work history.

Hiring Freelancers and Independent Contractors

Hiring a virtual assistant can strengthen your business, but there are other areas where you can benefit from help too.  For example, you may want to consider hiring an accountant, especially if you don’t have the time to invoice clients. Accountants charge hourly or per project. Many consultants also hire graphic designers to set up their websites and writers to produce content on a per project basis.

It can be tempting to hire more help than you actually need but be sure to start out slow. Managing employees takes practice. You can always add people to your team later on.

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Inquiry Roundup- Biotechnology http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/16/inquiry-roundup-biotechnology/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/16/inquiry-roundup-biotechnology/#respond Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:39:18 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23282 Biotechnology Hi. I work for a prominent expert network working in partnership with Zintro. We would like to source multiple experts on behalf of an institutional investor. We would like... Read More

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Hi. I work for a prominent expert network working in partnership with Zintro. We would like to source multiple experts on behalf of an institutional investor. We would like to source experts with experience in biotechnology, specifically technologies to produce chemicals for Sugars and / or fragrances. Ideally the expert can discuss in detail the process of creating terpenoids using bacteria……
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Asia Pharma

Marketing professionals who have experience in pharma, biotechnology and biomedical  related industry in India, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan/Hong Kong and can search and bring exhibitors and sponsors companies for an international biomedical congress which will be held in EU in September. (on commission basis)……
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Biotechnology

We are a global biotech company (headquarter in north California), looking for a qualified consultant
Qualifications:
– PhD with 15+ years experience and background in biotechnological company and global sustainability, extensive global experience for growth and deployment.
– Focused Hematology/oncology with experience in working with the scientific team, and investors
– Ability to proactively identify and solve problems and execute on initiatives
– Demonstrated ability to assess business needs, design and implement programs and evaluate results
– International traveling is required
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Great Places to Work When You’re Tired of Working from Home: Coffee Shops http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/15/great-places-work-youre-tired-working-home-coffee-shops/ http://blog.zintro.com/2015/01/15/great-places-work-youre-tired-working-home-coffee-shops/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:20:17 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=23270 This series covers several places consultants and freelancers can work productively. Last month we looked at coworking spaces. This post examines the benefits of working from a local coffee shop.... Read More

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coffee shopThis series covers several places consultants and freelancers can work productively. Last month we looked at coworking spaces. This post examines the benefits of working from a local coffee shop.

It seems as if office workers have always flocked to coffee shops during break time, but over the past decade the coffee shop has become the office environment for many people. Walk into any popular coffee shop on a weekday morning and you are bound to see freelancers sitting in front of open laptops– coffee cups sitting nearby. What’s the lure?

Fewer distractions. Sure, a busy coffee shop can be noisy. But when compared to the distractions that come from working at home there is no contest. At a coffee shop, there are no personal interruptions and it is much more difficult to procrastinate than when you are sitting on your living room couch. Choose a table outside of the traffic flow and bring a set of headphones and you can manage the background noise nicely.

Socialization. Being surrounded by productivity helps many freelancers stay on task. When you need a break, social contact is only a table away. Plus, when chatting with other customers, you may find someone who has just the skills you lack–a graphic artist to help with your website, a writer to handle your content needs. Networking can also get the word out about your own services. You may end up booking a client or two.

Caffeine and free Wi-Fi. One of the biggest benefits of working from a coffee shop is the…coffee! Always order something when taking up a table. When you need a refill, the barista is right there waiting for you. After a bit she won’t even have to ask your name. And now that free Wi-Fi is available just about everywhere, you can work online just as easily as offline.

Working from home can be isolating. A coffee shop is the ideal location for people who need to be “in the thick of things” to get their work done. A word of advice before staking out your spot—don’t forget your power cord.

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