Once you locate a prospective CAD drafting service provider, look for the following:
>> They should be technically skilled
Give them a sample to do and see if their output is accurate
>> They should be deadline-oriented
They should deliver on the nail every time
>> They should understand technical English well
A lot of tech-talk is involved in any CAD drafting outsourcing exercise. The provider should be fluent in CAD-speak. Talk the language and see if they comprehend
>> They should be good communicators
If you email them, you should get an answer in 24 hours. If you ask for something, they should act on your request immediately
>> They should have labor resources
If you occasionally have more than the usual work for them to do, they should have spare labor so that your other delivery schedules are minimally affected
>> They should have strong references or testimonials
Out of the two, a reference that you can inquire with is always better than a drafting services non-verifiable testimonial
>> They should have a strong set of Internet tools
Like these: An ftp server, a broadband connection, a backup email address and Skype. Most importantly, they should have a screen-sharing application (where you can see their screen in real time) so that you can look at drawings together online
>> Their decision-maker should always be accessible to you
This way policy decisions (like those concerning pricing, extended services and joint ventures) will be swift and the outsourcing relationship will evolve faster.
There you have it. If you see all these characteristics in a CAD drafting service provider, grab them fast!
Good luck and may you prosper from these guidelines.