There are more options when working with freelancers or consultants than the behind-the-scenes remote employee. Knowing and selecting the right option for your particular situation can significantly increase your chances of success.
Virtual Team Members
Sometimes presenting a freelancer as an employee of your company is the right option. This approach is often used when larger companies work with freelancers. GeekCoaches can help you find and recruit skilled freelancers. We can also help you implement tools to monitor your projects with these sub-contractors.
An example of promoted alliances are architect partnerships when they are pitching truly major building projects. At those times, they often seek and form partnerships that are a combination of a local firm and a major international agency. Meanwhile, those selling goods rather than services might partner with a successful designer. Each partner is promoted because they bring important resources to the partnership such as local knowledge, star power or distribution. Indeed promoted alliances are most useful when each partner brings bragging rights to the mix. GeekCoaches can help you identify resources that would give you additional bragging right. We can then help you approach and recruit those partners. Finally, we can assist in the division and collaborative management of tasks.
Invisible Reciprocal Partnerships
For small businesses, invisible reciprocal partnerships can transform your sales opportunities. With this arrangement, each partner presents the other as a team member of their respective company. Each company can take the lead on pitching their own business, or the partners can pitch sales together, but under the banner of one company. GeekCoaches can work with you through the opportunities and challenges of partnering with another business. We help ensure your mutual success.
A different way to work with other partner companies is to create a new business identity separate from each of the alliance members — a virtual company. This approach can be taken when the joint venture does not appropriately fit the profiles of the partners, or when one or more of the partners is concerned about the impact a combined project would have on their branding or operations. A new brand can also be useful when you are seeking to build a profile beyond the existing companies. GeekCoaches can help you develop a new virtual company and a profile for the venture. As with the other partnership structures, we can help you find partners as well as help you manage the relationship and joint projects.