I have worked with a lot of vendors/consultants/contractors ranging from Copy Machine vendors, phone/wiring vendors, to accountants, web designers, and more. So I thought I'd write a post about 4 steps I follow when working with vendors.
1. When researching vendors I get multiple quotes to make a comparison of prices and services and always ask for a list of nonprofit specific client references. Then I call the references. A lot of vendors say they work with nonprofits, however I like to verify that they have many nonprofit clients and those clients are happy with their work.