One of the most critical relationships with small businesses is its relationship with its independent contractors, and whatever your views on outsourcing, it has become a very essential part of the whole genesis of a small business developing into a large one. While statistics show that in certain pockets of industry that freelancers are making up almost half of new jobs, it means that the relationship you nurture with them is far more important than it used to be. The freelancer or outsourced company was viewed as a pariah, and there to do their task before being shooed away. The outsourced company or person is far more important now than it was before. So you need to make sure you are treating them right, and here’s what you can do.