Tips for Hiring Your First Employee Successfully

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Hiring employees in a small business really takes a small business to the next level. If you are a
small company, perhaps even doing all of the work yourself, you may be ready to expand, or at
least hire a few extra people to help you to manage the business. You can often do this without a
problem, if you have the tools and resources available to make the right decisions. As you begin
your journey of hiring new people, learn a few tips to help you along the way.

Should You Hire or Outsource

If you are a small business owner, you may be tempted to hire a set of employees to help you
expand, or just take some load off your shoulders. However, it may or may not be a good idea
to do so. Hiring people means you are taking them on as employees. This means your business
will need to manage taxation, benefits and ensure the company follows proper guidelines for
work hours. Hiring people is necessary if you need to have regular tasks performed in-house.

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On the other hand, you may be able to outsource some of your tasks to others and thus create a
situation in which you are no longer responsible for those added costs. Hiring a freelancer or an
independent contractor allows you to still get the tasks you need done, but this does not require
you to manage health care, employee work hours or deal with taxes. All of those tasks are on
the shoulders of the company or person you outsource to.

The Laws

If you do plan to hire an employee or several, one of the first things you need to do is to get
caught up on the legal aspects of hiring employees. Many entrepreneurs face serious problems
in this regard. Here are a few things to keep in mind in that area.

   Contact your local commerce department. Ask for resources for small businesses pertaining
    to labor laws.

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   Shop for a payroll company and discuss with them the options, costs and procedure for hiring
    and adding people to the payroll.
   Learn about state and federal laws regarding small businesses. For example, if you layoff
    your employee, you may be dealing with unemployment. If your employee is injured, you
    may be facing workers compensation claims.
   Talk to your attorney about the process. Ensure you have the right type of insurance and
    protections in place to hire employees.

Once you have a solid understanding of the laws and regulations about hiring people, you can
begin to consider this as a possibility. With that in mind, consider the options for moving
forward in the process.

Who Should You Hire?

A small business should not step out and hire five people and then organize their people.
Rather, you should create a staffing plan that works for your business from the start. To do this,
consider each of the tasks you would like an employee to manage for your business. Write
down a list of hours/tasks that you plan to use employees to handle. Since each business and
industry will be vastly different, you will need to create a staffing plan that works for your

After making a staffing plan, the next step is to consider the costs and associated procedure for
hiring. If you are planning to hire a large group of people, consider who you will hire first.
Most small businesses hire sales people, customer service reps or service providers
(developers/designers/writers depending on what they do). From there, you can work up by
hiring management and supervisors depending on the growth of your team.

What are you looking for?

A small business owner may be looking for just the right people to hire. It is a good idea to
focus primarily on the key features your business needs. Here are some tips to help you with
this process.

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   Choose candidates that are flexible in terms of scheduling, experience and tasks on hand.
    Your first employees, especially, need to be able to meet changing needs as your business
   Put in place some rules to follow when hiring employees, within the limits of the law. For
    example, you may want to hire only part time employees so that you have more scheduling
    flexibility. You may want to hire people that have two or more years of experience.
   Know what you plan to offer your employees. As soon as the first interview occurs, the
    questions about benefits and pay will come up. The answers to these questions can be
    difficult. It is a good idea to spend some time looking at competitors to gauge fair wages.
    You may also want to consider what is possible in the way of benefits.
   To find great employees, especially your first employees, network. Rather than advertise the
    positions available, it is best to network with those who work in the same field as you do and
    those recommended by colleagues, clients and vendors.

These tips can help you to get started. However, the hiring process is one that can take some
fine tuning to get right. Give yourself time.

As a business owner, there comes a time when it is necessary to hire people. Organizing this
process now makes sense as it can help you to begin to plan for how your company will grow.
Hiring employees can be a challenge because it is such a new and intimidating process.
However, the more you know about the process, and the more information you have about the
legalities involved, the more successful the process will be. Your business can only grow if it
has the right level of staffing to serve customer needs. Consider the value in adding people to
your business.

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