Congratulations! Starting a new business is a major undertaking! There is so much to consider! What to name the business, getting a web site, how to market and advertise, purchasing inventory, hiring employees. Depending on the type of business, the list can be a long one. The thing that most of these have in common is; you have to contract or hire a company (vendor) to assist you or to complete the task for you. Now you have a whole new dilemma; what vendor do you use? I experienced the same dilemma when I launched my agency, however I have a distinct advantage; the experience and resources to screen people and business, which I did and still do. What I want to know about a company is:
- How long the vendor been in business and at the current location.
- The status of their business license and/or professional license.
- If this company has a civil or criminal record.
- The type of background screening this vendor does and if the employees subject to any type of drug screening.
- Inspections? Learn if the vendor is required by law to undergo regular inspections. If so, it is important to know when the last inspection was completed and what the results are.
- The professional organizations this vendor is a member of.