Precaution is recommended, as well as previous research in order to have peace of mind from the company we wish to contract. References are advised, but should be supported by facts. Companies on the Costa del Sol come and go. A nicely created commercial name does not mean that there is a legal company behind.
Some companies are even below certain European standards as there is no supporting info behind it, nor transparency of how they will operate. Nice words might not be enough as there should be evidence that supports it. This is the case of the so called “hotmail.com with a mobile” that offer their services. What is really behind or which guarantees are given.
First of all we need to know if there is a legal company behind this commercial name. Who are the owners? Does the company or owners have any depts.? Are they in any so called black list such as RAI (un-payments), are all payments covered towards the Seguridad Social (Social Security)? As a matter of reference, banks make research previous to any loan is approved, about the contractor’s history as well as the guarantees offered: Company, bank references, accounts, balance and IVA (VAT) is analyzed. This info can confirm the company’s situation, its stability and seriousness.
References or testimonials from other clients or suppliers should be considered, as this tool could indicates how responsible a company is. Some companies even present these previously, playing with open cards, they show their transparency. Companies with happy clients transmit their stability and serious approach of well done jobs.
Internet also offers alternative search methods about companies and partners. The company’s web site could be analyzed, what info do we find, about their partners, how they work, the transparency, or if they give a serious image. Does the company invest in promotion, or how much info is presented about themselves. All this shows if they are serious or not. Information should not be hidden, it should be offered.
In local press magazines there can be found diverse information. This market is very important as here we have a neutral and realistic approach, where non-commercial data can be found.
Video channels like YouTube or even other video channels with a more business orientation like Vimeo, could be analyzed in order to find out more about a contracting company, partners or how the companies present themselves.
Edicion: II/2012 (Page 72)