We sometimes draw these thick lines between what we want from work (buzzwords like “cost efficiencies” and “value-add team models”) and what we want from personal (fun times, respect, free drinks, maybe a family), but the reality is that the process to find both is very similar.
You want someone that is a quality person, does quality work, works well with you, respects you, and gets done what you need done, whether that is taking out the trash or creating new software development projects in different industries.
Now, does that mean you should get some drinks when evaluating outsourcing partners, pretending you are at the club or the bar? No. We would not recommend that. But it does mean you can think about finding a work partner much in the same way you can think about a personal partner. Honestly.
And if you want to know some of the main factors to consider in an outsourcing partner, we’ve also made that list: