When you are in the aspect of outsourcing or delegating tasks to other people as a wedding photographer, then you already know right out that you are already starting to expand your business and your career. Your time is your most precious commodity. When you outsource, you are freeing up so much of your time and of your efforts that it will almost always be worth it every single time. That is what you should be looking forward to when it all comes down to it and that is what you should be checking out at the end of the day. There are a few things that you should try to observe when you are offering out jobs to outsourcers or when you are trying to work with them all throughout the time that you are running your career as a professional wedding photographer as well.
The first thing that you need to take note of and remind yourself of time and time again is the fact that they are not you.
More often than not, these outsourcers will not have the same kind of education background or formal photography training you may have had experienced in the past. They will not have the same solid experience and knowledge that you have in what you do or in your craft which means that they may not always end up doing things as fast or as efficiently as you would like them to do so. Have a little patience and have a little faith. Each and every person out there has his own challenges to face and has his own learning curves to check out. Try to show them how it’s done several times and then allow them to get the hang of things. Don’t spend all day trying to breathe down their necks. Make it a point to just look out for the final finished quality of their work. It will help them take a lot of pressure off and they might even work better knowing that you are not scrutinizing them the entire time that they are working on what they need to work on.
Treat them with respect.
Although outsourcers are technically working for you and although they are being paid by you, this does not give you the license to shout at them or to disrespect them in any way, shape or form. If you have worked under a boss in the past, try to imagine how you would like to be treated by that boss and try to live by that code of respect and understanding as much as possible. Respect begets respect, after all. You cannot force someone to respect you just because you are the one shelling out his salary. When you come to think about it, it is something that he has worked really hard for. He does not owe it to you. You are basically transacting based off of an exchange of commodities. His services for your money. Treat it like a business transaction and make it a point to always act professional no matter what happens.