How To Fire a Contractor

Many of us, myself included, hire contractors and virtual team members to grow our businesses and keep everything running smoothly.

Not every hire is going to exceed your expectations, and once in awhile you have to cut someone from your team instead of investing time, energy, and money into that person if they aren’t delivering the results you were expecting.

I’d put firing someone at the very top of my list of things I don’t like about running my own business. In the past I’ve struggled with feeling guilty over firing someone, even when I had given them a few chances to up their game before getting cut from our team. Those guilty feelings prevent many entrepreneurs from firing a bad contractor in the first place so in today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV I’m going to help you with that.

I’m also going to break down the process of firing someone, give you the script I use to do it, and help you hire a better contractor the next time around.

Watch the episode below (or click here):

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Have you ever had to fire a contractor? What advice do you have for anyone struggling with making that decision right now?

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7 thoughts on “How To Fire a Contractor

  1. Natalie-
    Do you have an example of the contract you use that you can share. I have hired using contracts that the contractor has presented and altered them. This is not professional and since I’m just beginning, I’d like to have a “go to” in place for my company.

    1. I have been using the service OURDEAL when I don’t get a lawyer to do the contract. Sometimes a project calls for lawyers to be involved in the terms, which means it’s very customized to the project. In most cases though you can modify a standard contract that OURDEAL.COM gives you, and then you send it over for a digital signature. I would definitely check it out 🙂

      I did an interview with the founder here:

  2. Never easy but if it’s necessary it’s better to fire someone than to endure incompetency. I agree however that proper training and clear communication is key to making a work relationship work.

    (oh wait, this applies to a romantic relationship as well 😉

  3. Natalie, this is a fantastic video! Your points are right on the mark. I especially liked the ones about being super clear about expectations when you hire virtual staff (no one can read minds, so give them a chance), and about not expecting miracles if you are only willing to pay $5/hr. And, of course firing is NOT fun, which is why I recommend finding a reputable virtual assistant company where they take care of hiring and firing, and even replacing the candidate for you! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment! One of my pet peeves is definitely the fact that many people aren’t willing to pay their virtual team members what they are worth, and in many cases you get what you pay for.

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